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.
June First Book Club: Mira Robertson’s The Unexpected Education of Emily Dean
Kill Your Darlings’ First Book Club pick for June is The Unexpected Education of Emily Dean by Mira Robertson (Black Inc).
In 1944 Emily Dean is dispatched from Melbourne to stay with her father’s relatives in rural Victoria. At the family property of Mount Prospect, Grandmother is determined to keep up standards despite the war, while Emily’s young aunt – the beautiful, fearless Lydia – refuses to befriend her. Feeling lonely and isolated, Emily can’t wait to go home.
But things start to improve when she encounters Claudio, the Italian prisoner of war employed as a farm labourer. And become more interesting still when her uncle William returns home wounded. He’s rude, traumatised and mostly drunk, yet a passion for literature soon draws them together.
The Unexpected Education of Emily Dean delightfully wry novel about desire, deceit and self-discovery.
Stay tuned to the KYD website and podcast as we explore more of the book throughout June!
Coming up in July: Robbie Arnott’s Flames (Text Publishing).