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Booked Out: The Sunday Literary Lunch Series presents Anna Krien & Charlotte Wood in conversation with Hannie Rayson

February 9, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm



We are delighted to present our first Sunday Literary Lunch Series for 2020, now in its fourth year.

Join us for a fascinating lunch with Anna Krien and Charlotte Wood as they each discuss the depths of the human psyche with Hannie Rayson.

A three course gourmet lunch and a copy of one of the books under discussion is included in your ticket price.
(The other author’s book will be available at a reduced price)

Time: 12.00pm Date: Sunday February 9, 2020

Venue: Little Feast Restuarant – Main Dining Room
85 Great Ocean Rd Aireys Inlet

Tickets: $98.00 p.p.
Numbers strictly limited to 85 patrons.

All Tickets will now be through Eventbrite.
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This event is proudly sponsored by the Surf Coast Shire.

More about the Event

ANNA KRIEN is the author of the award-winning Night Games and Into the Woods, as well as two Quarterly Essays, Us and Them and The Long Goodbye. Her fiction and her journalism have been published widely.


An electrifying story of fear and sacrifice, and what people will do to outrun the shadows

Iraqi aspiring pianist Nasim falls from favour with Saddam Hussein and his psychopathic son, triggering a perilous search for safety. In Australia, decades later, Gerry is in fear of his tyrannical father, Toohey, who has returned from the Iraq War bearing the physical and psychological scars of conflict. Meanwhile, Robbie is dealing with her own father’s dementia when the past enters the present.

These characters’ worlds intertwine in a brilliant narrative of guilt and reckoning, trauma and survival. Crossing the frontiers of war, protest and reconciliation, Act of Grace is a meditation on inheritance: the damage that one generation passes on to the next, and the potential for transformation.


‘Act of Grace is bold, brilliant and breathtakingly humane. Anna Krien makes riveting the sweep of history and
the lived price of war; at the same time she reveals,with great insight, the intimacies of daily love and tiny, splintering acts of violence in families. She is both wide- angle and close-up, and there is redemption in every line. Anna Krien is the real deal – a novelist for our times.’ —Anna Funder, author of All That I Am

CHARLOTTE WOOD has been described as ‘one of our most original and provocative writers’.

She is the author of six novels and two books of non-fiction. Her bestselling novel, The Natural Way of Things, won the 2016 Stella Prize, the Indie Book of the Year and Indie Book Award for Fiction, was joint winner of the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Fiction, and was published throughout Europe, the United Kingdom and North America.

She has been twice shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award, as well as many others for this and previous works. Her non-fiction books include The Writer’s Room, a collection of interviews with authors about the creative process, and Love & Hunger, a book about cooking. She lives in Sydney with her husband.


The brilliant new novel from Charlotte Wood, acclaimed author of The Natural Way of Things.

People went on about death bringing friends together, but it wasn’t true. The graveyard, the stony dirt – that’s what it was like now . . . Despite the three women knowing each other better than their own siblings, Sylvie’s death had opened up strange caverns of distance between them.

Four older women have a lifelong friendship of the best kind: loving, practical, frank and steadfast. But when Sylvie dies, the ground shifts dangerously for the remaining three. Can they survive together without her?

They are Jude, a once-famous restaurateur, Wendy, an acclaimed public intellectual, and Adele, a renowned actress now mostly out of work. Struggling to recall exactly why they’ve remained close all these years, the grieving women gather for Christmas at Sylvie’s old beach house – not for festivities, but to clean the place out before it is sold.

Without Sylvie to maintain the group’s delicate equilibrium, frustrations build and painful memories press in. Fraying tempers, an elderly dog, unwelcome guests and too much wine collide in a storm that brings long-buried hurts to the surface – and threatens to sweep away their friendship for good.

The Weekend explores growing old and growing up, and what happens when we’re forced to uncover the lies we tell ourselves. Sharply observed and excruciatingly funny, this is a jewel of a book: a celebration of tenderness and friendship that is nothing short of a masterpiece.

‘A compelling and vivid look at the friendships we make as women. Honest, unsettling and, like all good literature, had me asking questions about life and myself.’
Heather Rose, author of The Museum of Modern Love, winner of the 2017 Stella Prize

Meet Hannie Rayson

Hannie Rayson is a playwright and screenwriter. She also works as a freelance journalist with The Age. The author of 14 published plays, her works including Extinction, Hotel Sorrento, Inheritance and Life After George have been performed around Australia and internationally.

She has been awarded two Australian Writers’ Guild Awards, four Helpmann Awards, two NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award.

Her play Life After George was the first play to be nominated for the Miles Franklin Literary Award.
Her memoir Hello Beautiful shined with humour and courage and she toured the memoir as a play in 2017-18.

Hannie is an integral member of the Literary Lunch team, now in its third year and has been a life-long friend of Great Escape Books. Hannie lives in Melbourne and has a family holiday house in Fairhaven.


February 9, 2020
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Little Feast
85 Great Ocean Rd
Aireys Inlet, Victoria 3231
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