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.

August First Book Club: Drew Rooke’s One Last Spin

Kill Your Darlings’ First Book Club pick for August is One Last Spin by Drew Rooke (Scribe Publications)

One Last Spin is a poignant and compassionate work of literary journalism that tackles Australia’s most controversial pastime.

Almost 200,000 poker machines sing and flash in pubs, clubs, and casinos in every corner of the country. With startlingly candid interviews from gambling addicts, politicians, manufacturers, neuroscientists, counsellors, anti-gambling campaigners, and gambling advocates, One Last Spin explores how the machines work to hook people in, and the vicious fight being waged to evict them from Australia’s social life. It is a confronting tale about the human cost of addiction, of governments pandering to corporate interests, and of the insidious power of the industry’s PR spin.

Read an extract from the book.

Come along to hear author Drew Rooke in conversation with Jane Manning, director of award-winning documentary Ka-Ching! Pokie Nation, at Better Read than Dead in Sydney on Thursday 16 August!

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

Coming up in September: Jay Martin‘s Vodka and Apple Juice (Fremantle Press).

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