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.

May First Book Club: Julia Prendergast’s The Earth Does Not Get Fat

Kill Your Darlings’ First Book Club pick for May is The Earth Does Not Get Fat by Julia Prendergast (UWA Publishing). Chelsea doesn’t attend school much any more. She is carer for her mother who is sinking further into depression after a trauma, and her Grandad who has slipped into full-blown dementia. Her father is long gone; others are shadowy memories – intangible like dreams. Barely known ghosts make for strange company. Then a parcel arrives, and in it are questions – about her mother and her past self, their shared histories, and the people and place from which they’ve run.

The Earth Does Not Get Fat is a powerful and gut-wrenching debut about intense suffering and fierce, searing love.

Read an extract from the novel here.

Join us for a free in-conversation event with Julia Prendergast and KYD First Book Club coordinator Ellen Cregan at Readings Carlton on Thursday 10 May!

Stay tuned to the KYD website and podcast as we explore more of the book throughout May!

Coming up in June: Mira Robertson’s The Unexpected Education of Emily Dean (Black Inc).


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