First Book Club

Meet tomorrow’s biggest authors today as we shine a spotlight on debut Australian authors.

Established in 2014, the KYD First Book Club partners with local publishers to each month promote a new release debut book of fiction or non-fiction that KYD is gunning for everyone to read!

Through a series of events, online content, podcast coverage and profiles, the KYD First Book Club encourages wide-ranging and long-lasting conversations about these authors and their books both on and off the screen.

February First Book Club: Laura McPhee-Browne’s Cherry Beach

Kill Your Darlings’ First Book Club pick for February is Laura McPhee-Browne’s Cherry Beach (Text Publishing), an intimate and  revelatory story of friendship and desire.

Hetty and Ness, best friends since childhood, have left suburban Melbourne for the first time to live abroad. Hetty is charming and captivating, the life of the party. Ness is a wallflower, hopelessly in love with her. In the student quarter of Toronto, the pair take a room in a share house full of self-assured creatives. Hetty disappears into barkeeping work and a whirlwind nightlife, while Ness drifts aimlessly.

But when Ness finds Faith one day in the art gallery, an intense affair develops. There are new friends, too, and a job: at last her life starts to make some sense. And Hetty’s starts spectacularly to fall apart, in a mess of bad drugs and bad men.

As winter freezes the lakeside city, the dark undercurrents of Hetty’s character – abusive relationships, a dangerous obsession with bodies of water – become ever stronger. Ness may lose the person she loves more than anyone else in the world.

Stay tuned for features on our website and podcast throughout the month!

Join us on 13 February at Bargoonga Nganjin, North Fitzroy Library for a free in-conversation event with the author!

Read some of Laura’s previous writing for KYD.

Coming up in March: Wayne Marshall’s Shirl (Affirm Press).

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