I’ve been asked quite often when The Place on Dalhousie will be available overseas. I can’t say whether it will be published internationally, but if you head over to Amazon in your region, you’ll find the E book here: Happy Reading.
Tuesday 30th April, 11am – Narellan Library
Wednesday, 1st May: 11.15-12pm
Carriageworks, Bay 24, 245 Wilson Street Eveleigh
Student Session: Write What You Know – In conversation with Sarah Ayoub
Thursday 2nd May: 4.30-5.30pm
Carriageworks, Bay 12, 245 Wilson Street Eveleigh
Homecomings: Panel with Rosalie Ham and facilitated by Melanie Kembrey
Friday 3rd May: 11.30-12.30
Carriageworks, Bay 24, 245 Wilson Street Eveleigh
An irrevocable Condition: Facilitator: Christos Tsiolkas, panel with Melanie Cheng and Moreno Giovannoni
Tuesday 7th May: 6.30pm
Warringah Mall Library, 145 Old Pittwater Road, Brookvale
I’m going to try not to use the word “overwhelmed” too many times, but I have been overwhelmed indeed this week. So much love. I always knew that my readership would take this novel out into the world and I have loved every moment of talking about it with them.
And of course, getting off a plane and seeing the image below was pretty impressive.
If you are in Canberra tomorrow (Tuesday) I’ll be speaking at Muse with the very funny and talented Sean Costello at 5.30, so come down for a drink.
I’ve also been part of smart podcasts and interviews, so I’ll add them here when I have the time.
Today I spoke with Claire Nichols on Radio National’s Book Show and loved it. Here it is.
You never get used to this feeling! The Place on Dalhousie has well and truly arrived in good company.
So The Place on Dalhousie is coming out in two days, and this is what you need to know if you are in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane this week and next. Please check my events page for further details because I think they all need bookings
Sydney: Better Read Than Dead event at Erskineville on Tuesday the 2nd April, 6.30pm
Sydney: The Bathers Pavillion LIterary Luncheon on Wednesday the 3rd April
Melbourne: Readings Carlton event on Thursday the 4th April, 6.30pm
Canberra: Muse Tuesday 9th April, 5.30pm
Brisbane: Thursday 11th – Brisbane City Library 12pm and Avid Reader 6.30pm
Hornsby: Library event Tuesday 16th April, 6pm
Also, here are a few early blog reviews (no spoilers, and I promise I won’t do this every week).
There’s nothing quite like that moment in a Melina Marchetta book when all the threads of the story come together in a series of almost magical coincidences. Whether she is writing young adult fiction, adult fiction or fantasy, you will usually encounter a few unexpected connections and long buried secrets woven through the plotlines of Marchetta’s books. Some might call it a recurring theme of destiny and/or coincidence. Others might call it a very faint hint of magical realism. I prefer to call it perfect storytelling. Every time you come to the end of a Melina Marchetta book, there is a feeling of pitch-perfect rightness.
(Sarah McDuling, Booktopia)
I can think of no higher praise for Melina, than saying that she writes young female characters who don’t give a shit if you like them or not – they’ve been through enough in their life, and trying to be “likeable” and “nice” is low on their list of priorities, and not nearly as important as learning to trust themselves and who to let into their complicated lives. Their flaws make these characters more interesting – not less likeable. Melina makes you work to really know these women, and to love them – but once you do, there’s no going back (as true for readers as other characters).
(Danielle Binks, Alpha Reader)
This is a book with so much heart, and traverses such a rich emotional landscape, with a deftness rarely displayed. Hard to put down, impossible to forget, The House on Dalhousie is one of those precious books you don’t want to end. I would’ve happily spent another 300 pages with Rosie, Jimmy, Martha, Ewan and co.
(Simon McDonald, Bookseller)
With The Place on Dalhousie, Marchetta proves she is one of our best writers of contemporary human drama and one of Australia’s finest crafters of character and dialogue. Her characters are smart, tough and vulnerable. They have that lived-in feeling where they seem to exist in this world even after you close the pages of the book. To some extent, that is because this is a sequel of sorts. Those familiar with Marchetta’s previous novels Saving Francesca and The Piper’s Son will recognise Jimmy and his high-school friends, whose easy friendship and mid-twenties growing pains will thrill and delight fans of those books.
(Jackie Tang, Readings Bookseller)
In case this doesn’t appear on a site page:
SYDNEY – TUESDAY 2nd APRIL
Better Read Than Dead – In conversation
St Stephens Erskineville
SYDNEY – WED 3RD APRIL
Pages & Pages Literary Event
The Bather’s Pavillion
4 The EsplanadeBalmoral Beach
MELBOURNE – THURS 4TH APRIL
Readings Carlton Event
Church of All Nations
180 Palmerston StreetCarlton VIC
CANBERRA – TUESDAY 9TH APRIL
60 Canberra Avenue
Booking details to come www.musecanberra.com.au
BRISBANE – THURS 11TH APRIL
Brisbane City Library
266 George StreetBrisbane
Avid Reader Bookshop
193 Boundary Street
West End, 4101
HORNSBY – TUESDAY 16TH APRIL
28-44 George Street
I’ve been told that any day now I’ll be receiving my copy of The Place on Dalhousie. Very exciting.
Just to give you a rundown on the title, Dalhousie Street is actually a real place in Haberfield, which is in Sydney’s inner-west. It used to be predominantly Italian and still has a strong Italian influence. For those who have read my contemporary novels (Saving Francesca and The Piper’s Son) the inner west features strongly in both novels. For me, all three novels are a love song to the area.
A frequently asked question is whether one has to read Saving Francesca and The Piper’s Son first. No. The Place on Dalhousie is an adult, stand alone novel. I love the idea of readers being introduced to some of these characters as adults and then going off to read the earlier works.
But to be clear, the novel is about Martha and Rosie and Jimmy and a whole lot of new characters.
I’ll leave you with a few pieces of conversation Jimmy has with some of the older people in his life throughout the novel. It’s my advice to myself most of the time. You may recognise a character or two.
‘Any advice?’ Jimmy asks, because someone like Dom Mackee had seen the dark side, but managed to get his family back.
“Yes,’ Dom says. ‘Don’t be scared to ask for help.’
…and because he asked Dom Mackee for advice, he asks Mia the same.
“Guilt is a burden, so forgive yourself for the mistakes.’
‘Any advice, Min?’ Jimmy asks.
She thinks a moment. ‘Easy. The kids always come first.’
I have a list of events in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane in April, so check out my 2019 events page.
This week I’ll answer any questions in the comments, so feel free to ask what you like.