Author Archives: melina marchetta

Apart from the release of the Tell the Truth, Shame the devil paperback in the US this month (press release below) I’ve been working on my new novel, The House That Seb Built (working title).  Some of you read my short story When Rosie met Jim which was published online by the Review of Australian fiction, and know that it will serve as the first chapter. I’m hoping to have the novel finished before the end of the year.

I’ve said a thousand times over that the novel isn’t about the Saving Francesca/Piper’s Son gang and that readers will be disappointed if they expect to see more than a glimpse of them. It’s mostly about Rosie and Martha and Jimmy and a whole cast of new characters.  But his friends are present in Jimmy’s life, so I thought I’d share with you his opening chapter.

He’s home, and he knows his home because they’re here and that’s the way it is, just the certainty that one of them will always be around, and it feels like everything’s going to be okay in a way that it hasn’t since that phone call, and he’s just hugging the three of them because he’s become the sort of person who goes straight for the clinch, because once that hug came from Frankie Spinelli years ago, he knew his days of holding back were over. And everything looks the same and different, and he has one of those epiphanies in front of the clocks outside Central on Elizabeth Street next to a guy selling The Big Issue. That regardless of where his car took him and what he didn’t end up finding, he’s part of this city too and he realizes that they’re laughing and that he’s said it all out loud.

‘Shut up, Jimmy!’

And the girls link their arms with his and Mackee takes Jimmy’s duffel, and he’s so overwhelmed by them, and the city, and being home, that he forgets why he’s really here, and just lets it all set in. That he’s home.

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http://www.aec.gov.au/enrol/

Josie Alibrandi, Christina Alibrandi, Katia Alibrandi, Jacob Coote, Michael Andretti, Sera, Anna, Lee, Ivy Lloyd, Francesca Spinelli, Mia Spinelli, Bobby Spinelli, Luca Spinelli, Will Trombal, Tara Finke, Thomas Mackee, Justine Kalinsky, Siobhan Sullivan, Eva Rodriguez, Anna Nguyen, Shaheen, Javier, Taylor Markham, Raffy, Jonah Griggs, Chaz Santangelo, Hannah, Jude, Jessa McKenzie, Santangelo’s mum, Santangelo’s dad, Dom Mackee, Jacinta Mackee, Annabel Mackee, Bill Mackee, Grace Mackee, Georgie Finch, Sam Thompson, Ned the Cook, Mohsin the Ignorer, Violette Lebrac and any of my other characters living in Australia, would all vote for Marriage Equality and would make sure they were registered for the postal vote and have all their details updated by midnight tonight.

Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil paperback

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The US paperback of Tell the Truth comes out in October and the smaller Australian format was released this month.  I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since the novel came out. It’s had such a wonderful response and I’ve had the opportunity to get into great conversations about it. I miss those characters.

Family History Talk, 16th August

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Event date: Wednesday 16 August 2017
Event Time:    7.00 pm
Event Venue:  Main Auditorium, the Italian Forum Cultural Centre, Ground floor, 23 Norton Street. Leichhardt NSW 2040

Please arrive 15 minutes early
Event being filmed
Entry Fee $5

Ayr, North Queensland

I’ll be in Ayr on the 18th August which I’m looking forward to.  It’s my mum’s home town and she’s coming up with me.  I’ll be doing school talks on the Friday, but will more than possibly be doing an event on the Friday evening for anyone who would like to turn up. I’d love to see familiar faces there. It’s Katia Alibrandi’s home turf, and it holds a very special place in my heart.  Below is a bit of information, but there’s more to come.

http://burdekinreadersandwriters.org.au/social-evening-with-melina-marchetta/

When Rosie Met Jim Part 2

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The above is available for pre-order.  Here is the link.

http://reviewofaustralianfiction.com/product/raf-152-volume-22-issue-6/

Because the short story now officially exists, and I’m about ten thousand words into a novel, I feel as if I can talk about what I’m working on a little more.

It will be a novel primarily about one house, four characters, five lives, and told through three points of view.

Jimmy is 23 years old in When Rosie met Jim.  In the novel, he’ll be about 25 because it takes place in Sydney about two years after the events of the short story. It’s not  YA, but regardless, I’m predictable. It’s a generational story and it’s character driven, relationship driven and pretty much about community, solace and the ties that bind. (and netball).

The song I’m listening to at the moment is Babylon by Dave Gray and it’s become my lead into the lives of the older characters.

Fingers crossed, I’m hoping to finish the first draft later this year. (I’ll get back to you then).