Congratulations to Sophie Laguna,
winner of the Miles Franklin Award for 2015 for
The Eye of the Sheep
Told from the mesmerising point of view and in the inimitable voice of Jimmy, this is an extraordinary novel about a poor family who is struggling to cope with a different and difficult child.
Meet Jimmy Flick. He's not like other kids - he's both too fast and too slow. He sees too much, and too little. Jimmy's mother Paula is the only one who can manage him. She teaches him how to count sheep so that he can fall asleep. She holds him tight enough to stop his cells spinning. It is only Paula who can keep Jimmy out of his father's way. But when Jimmy's world falls apart, he has to navigate the unfathomable world on his own, and make things right.
Book Discussion: Silent Shock
Monday 20 July
7.30 for 8pm
Join us in the Sun Function Room (9 Ballarat St, Yarraville) for wine, cheese and discussion with journalist-turned-lawyer Michael Magazanik, about his acclaimed account of the family that took on the distributors of thalidomide in Australia, Silent Shock.
The baby started to come out. Head first, everything OK. But then I saw that there were no arms. And then no legs. The little girl had only a torso and a head.
Lyn Rowe was born in Melbourne in 1962, seven months after her mother Wendy was given a new wonder drug for morning sickness called thalidomide.For fifty years the Rowe family cared for Lyn. Decades of exhausting, round-the-clock work. But then in 2011 Lyn Rowe launched a legal claim against the thalidomide companies. Against the odds, she won a multi-million-dollar settlement.Former journalist Michael Magazanik is one of the lawyers who ran Lyn's case. In Silent Shock he exposes a fifty-year cover up concerning history's most notorious drug, and details not only the damning case against manufacturers Grünenthal - whose ruthless promotion of their lucrative drug in the face of mounting evidence beggars belief - but also the moving story of the Rowe family.
Spanning Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, Canada, Sweden and, of course, Germany, Silent Shock is an epic account of corporate villainy against a backdrop of heroic personal struggle and sacrifice.
Bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org or 9689 0661.
Bookclub: The Strays
Wednesday 29 July at 8.00pm
We will be reading The Strays by Melbourne author Emily Bitto, winner of The Stella Prize.
On her first day at a new school, Lily befriends one of the daughters of infamous avant-garde painter Evan Trentham. He and his wife are trying to escape the stifling conservatism of 1930s Australia by inviting other like-minded artists to live and work at their family home. Lily becomes infatuated with this wild, makeshift family and longs to truly be a part of it. As the years pass, Lily observes the way the lives of these artists come to reflect the same themes as their art: Faustian bargains and spectacular falls from grace. Yet it's not Evan, but his own daughters, who pay the price for his radicalism. The Strays is an engrossing story of ambition, sacrifice and compromised loyalties from an exciting new talent.
10% discount on all bookclub books, for everyone.
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The Text Factors Sun Sessions
We’re really excited to be hosting a new concept in reading at The Sun – The Text Factor’s Guided Book Club hosted by local poet and tertiary teacher Rose Lucas. Rose will take us through a series of great books in facilitated discussions. Some of the books are selected from this year’s VCE English lists and so will be of particular interest to parents and students alike. All the books will appeal to every reader who is looking both for some pointers and to have informed, lively discussion around some of literature’s - and life’s – big questions.
Young Eilis Lacey dreams of life beyond the confines of her tiny Irish village, but unlike her beautiful sister, Rose, Eilis' gifts are of a more practical nature: she has a head for numbers, and is a loving and dutiful daughter.Yet her ambition cannot be hidden and soon is noted by the Parish Priest, Father Flood. Via a church contact, he arranges for Eilis to travel to America where a job opportunity has arisen in New York with a reputable "merchant of Italian origin".Eilis finds lodgings in an eccentric boarding house and ekes out an existence in the cosmopolitan melting pot that is 1950s Brooklyn, impressing her employer, outwitting her landlady, and even falling in love. It seems her dream is truly becoming a reality.But then fate intervenes: a family crisis back home forces Eilis to make a choice between the past and the future, the old world and the new.Told with a masterful and elegant simplicity, Brooklyn is a sublime Trans-Atlantic coming-of-age story by one of the UK's greatest living writers.
Wednesday 22 July, The Sun Theatre, 7.30-9.00 p.m.
$25 per session. 10% discount on the book for everyone.
Bookings at www.thetextfactor.com.au