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CANCELLED - Holly Throsby In Conversation


Holly Throsby is a songwriter, musician and novelist from Sydney, Australia. She has released five solo albums, a collection of original children's songs, an album as part of the band, Seeker Lover Keeper, and has been nominated for four ARIAs. Holly's debut novel, Goodwood (2016), was a critically acclaimed bestseller, shortlisted for the Indie and ABIA awards as well as the Davitt and Ned Kelly awards.

Cedar Valley is Holly Throsby’s brilliant second novel. A loving portrait of small country towns, it’s a beautiful, at times heartbreaking, story about family and of course, there’s a mystery that needs to be solved …

On the first day of summer in 1993, two strangers arrive in the town of Cedar Valley. One is a calm looking man in a brown suit. He makes his way down the main street and walks directly to Cedar Valley Curios & Old Wares, sitting down on the footpath, where he leans silently against the big glass window for hours.

The other is 21-year-old Benny Miller. Fresh out of university, Benny has come to Cedar Valley in search of information about her mother, Vivian, who has recently died. Vivian's mysterious old friend, Odette Fisher, has offered Benny her modest pale green cottage for as long as she wants it.

Is there any connection between the man on the pavement and Benny's quest to learn more about her mother?

 In a compelling twist, Holly Throsby has taken inspiration from a true unsolved mystery. ‘I have always been fascinated by unsolved Australian crime’,Holly explains, ‘I found it immensely interesting to bring a real life, historic mystery into Cedar Valley, and weave it into the fictional familial puzzle that is at the heart of the book.’ 

The first review for Cedar Valley has come in, full of praise: ‘This is a masterful novel… There’s a fragility at the core of [Throsby’s] characters and an intimacy that adds depth to their quirks and peccadillos; there’s such heart in her storytelling… Readers who loved Goodwood will find even more to love here.

Earlier Event: November 25
Jordan Ireland Residency
Later Event: December 2
Cody Munro Moore, Dominic Breen & Bland