Irma Gold - The Breaking

Thursday 11 March 2021
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
In store at Avid Reader Bookshop / ZOOM Online
Register until 11 March 2021 4:00 PM

This event commences instore and online at 6.30pm (AEST)

NOTE: In registering for this event you need to include your email address.

Instore guests - 6.00 for a 6.30pm start. Limited to seventy seats. With booking an instore ticket your name will be on the door at Avid Reader.

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Bar open at 5.30pm - drinks available for purchase prior to and after the event.

‘Evocative and urgent, The Breaking shows Gold’s talent and heart.’ KATE MILDENHALL, author of The Mother Fault

Emma-Kate Lewis is in-conversation with Irma Gold at the launch of The Breaking.

Hannah Bird has just arrived in Thailand. Disoriented and out of her depth, she meets Deven, a fierce and gutsy Australian expat who sweeps her into thrilling adventures rescuing elephants.

As they head deeper and deeper into the fraught world of elephant tourism, their lives become tangled in ways Hannah never imagined. But how far will they go to save a life?

Hannah is about to make a critical decision from which there will be no turning back, with shattering consequences.

The Breaking is an extraordinary debut. Sharply observed and richly vivid, it is an intensely moving story about the magnetic bond between two young women and the enduring cost of animal exploitation. It is at once devastating and exhilarating, and ultimately transformative.

Bold, passionate and fierce. A plea against powerlessness and indifference. I loved every minute.’ KAREN VIGGERS, author of The Orchardist’s Daughter

A heart-stopping, unforgettable read. The Breaking will blow your mind.’ ANGELA SAVAGE, author of Mother of Pearl

Sensual and hyper-dangerous, Gold’s take on human love and animal cruelty is a real tour de force.’ JOHN CLANCHY, author of In Whom We Trust

Irma Gold is an award-winning author and editor. She has previously published a short fiction collection, Two Steps Forward, and her short fiction has been widely published in anthologies and journals like Meanjin, Island, Westerly, Going Down Swinging and Review of Australian Fiction, among many others. She has also published three children’s books, with another two forthcoming in 2021. The Breaking is her debut novel. It won the NSW Writers’ Centre Varuna Fellowship Award and received development funding from artsACT and CAPO. Irma is Ambassador for Thailand’s Save Elephant Foundation and has worked with rescued elephants in Chiang Mai, Surin and Kanchanaburi.


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