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Recent books

The Writers' Festival by Stephanie Johnson (May 2015)

Wit, compassion and insight combine in this entertaining novel that explores the politics and human comedy behind writers' festivals and the publishing industry.

Writers' festivals can be hotbeds of literary and romantic intrigue, and the Oceania is up there with the best of them.  Rookie director Rae McKay, recently returned from New York, fears she has bitten off more that she can chew.  Pressure comes not only from local and international writers but also from the prestigious Opus Book Award, which this year is being hosted by the festival.  Add to that high-level diplomatic fallout surrounding a dissident Chinese writer, Rae's slowly disintegrating private life and ongoing dramas involving much loved characters of The Writing Class, and the result is a wise and witty novel that explores the contemporary phenomenon of the public face of the writer.

This lively, stand-alone novel is as 'intelligent, tender and funny' as readers found The Writing Class.
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