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Above and Beyond Belief

Fri 10 Sep, 4pm
The Wheeler Centre, Performance Space

Just how far should a creative non-fiction author immerse themselves in a subject when writing a book? Join acclaimed authors Sarah Krasnostein and Jenny Valentish as they discuss with Elizabeth McCarthy meticulously researched new releases that delve deep into the lives of extraordinary people. Exploring the power of conviction in The Believer, Krasnostein spent time with six people in Australia and the US who hold fast to ideas—from UFOs to assisted dying—even when they sit outside the mainstream. Valentish immersed herself in the lives of body builders, dedicated fighters and BDSM practitioners to find out what drives those who push the limits of endurance in Everything Harder Than Everyone Else.


1 hour


Event artists

Sarah Krasnostein is a writer. She is the bestselling, award-winning author of The Trauma Cleaner (2017) and The Believer (2021). She has a PhD in criminal law and has been admitted to legal practice in New York and Victoria. Sarah was born in America, is based in Australia, and has lived and worked in both countries.

Elizabeth McCarthy has worked as a producer and presenter in radio for over 20 years. She produces 3RRR's Breakfast show and reviews books on 3RRR and ABC Radio Melbourne. She is a 2021 Stella Prize judge, and in 2019 she was the convenor of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction.

Jenny Valentish’s fourth book, Everything Harder Than Everyone Else, immerses itself in the worlds of people who push their bodies to extremes, and turns out to be a fitting follow-up of her book about addiction, Woman of Substances. As a journalist, she writes for the Guardian, ABC and The Monthly.

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