Hillary McPhee - Other People's Houses
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
In store at Avid Reader Bookshop
Tickets available until 23 October 2019 6:00 PM
This event commences at 6.30pm. Printed tickets are not issued and your booking will be on a door list under your surname.
Kristina Olsson is in-conversation with Hillary McPhee discussing Other People's Houses.
"What is the instinct to flee? When home offers no comfort McPhee seeks solace in Europe and the Middle East. With an archaeological-eye and penetrating intelligence she excavates her own history, politics in the middle-east, life-sustaining friendships and the quiet despair of loneliness. An engrossing and affecting memoir. McPhee is fierce, frank, tender and resolute." Carrie Tiffany
Writer and doyen of Australian publishing Hilary McPhee’s Other People’s Houses is a raw and unflinchingly honest memoir that begins with a broken marriage and takes readers on a journey across the world as she seeks out a new shape to her life.
In Other People’s Houses publishing legend Hilary McPhee exchanges one hemisphere for another. Fleeing the aftermath of a failed marriage, she embarks on a writing project in the Middle East, for a member of the Hashemite royal family, a man she greatly respects. Here she finds herself faced with different kinds of exile, new kinds of banishment.
From apartments in Cortona and Amman and an attic in London, McPhee watches other women managing magnificently alone as she flounders through the mire of Extreme Loneliness.
Other People’s Houses is brutally honest, funny, sad, and full of insights into worlds to which she was given privileged access, and of the friendships which sustained her. And ultimately, of course, this is the story of returning home, of picking up the pieces, and facing the music as her house and her life takes on new shapes.
Hilary McPhee is a writer and editor. She founded McPhee Gribble Publishers with Diana Gribble in 1975, was Chair of the Australia Council for the Arts 1994–97, and inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at Melbourne University until 2004. Her books include Other People’s Words, Wordlines and Memoirs of a Young Bastard: The Diaries of Tim Burstall.
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