WITH the release of his new book, Cairo, one of Australia’s most celebrated authors Chris Womersley will be speaking at Great Escape Books on Saturday night of Melbourne Cup Weekend at 7pm.
Womersley’s debut novel, The Low Road, won the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction and his second novel, Bereft, has won a host of Australian and international awards.
Chris Womersley’ s new novel Cairo will delight old and new fans alike. Set firmly in Melbourne (not Cairo, Egypt) in the very real Cairo apartments – you can go there- young Tom Button is swept up into the bohemian Melbourne art scene when he moves from the country after being frustrated by the suffocating small town rural life. Eager for adventure he is enveloped in the heady exotic world of eccentric Max Cheever, his beautiful wife Sally and their eclectic circle of artists and poets. But there is a darker underbelly to their activities, as they wine and dine their evenings away at galleries and art openings and fabulous rooftop parties. Murder, deception and one of the greatest art heist mysteries of modern time, the infamous heist of Picasso’s “Weeping Woman” will leave you breathless. A fabulous novel by one of Australia’s most accomplished authors, it is winning widespread praise.
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Complimentary Wine & Nibbles.