Mira Robertson began writing The Unexpected Education of Emily Dean in the 90s, but at the time, she couldn’t make it work. The award-winning screenwriter, who worked on Only the Brave and Head On, has now returned to this story of a girl banished to the country during her mother’s illness, while World War Two rages half a world away.

Hear Mira speak with Ellen Cregan at Hill of Content about screenwriting, novels, research and Australian slang in this fantastic First Book Club Event.

Further reading:

Read an extract from The Unexpected Education of Emily Dean.

Read Ellen Cregan’s review of the novel.

Read Mira Robertson’s reflection on the process of writing the novel.

Our July First Book Club title is Robbie Arnott’s Flames (Text Publishing).

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Transcript coming soon!