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Carnage and Kindness

Fri 9 Sep, 4.30pm

Award-winning Australian writers Robbie Arnott and Emily Bitto come together with broadcaster Elizabeth McCarthy to talk about their glorious new novels, which deftly explore themes of family, friendship and love in the long shadow of war. Arnott, who won the 2021 Age Book of the Year for his novel The Rain Heron, sheds light on Limberlost, a tender yet brutal coming-of-age story about fathers, sons and the mysterious gravity of the unknown. Bitto, who won the Stella Prize for her debut The Strays, discusses Wild Abandon, a technicolour tumble through late capitalism in the heartland of America.


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