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)