Larissa Behrendt - After Story

Thursday 08 July 2021
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
In store at Avid Reader Bookshop / ZOOM Online
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Bar open at 5.30pm - drinks available for purchase prior to and after the event.

When a mother and daughter take the overseas trip of a lifetime, they discover that the past is never quite behind them.

A moving story of going far away to find home again – a beautiful, hopeful book.’ Kate Grenville

Chelsea Watego is in-conversation with Larissa Behrendt discussing her latest novel After Story.

When Indigenous lawyer Jasmine decides to take her mother Della on a tour of England's most revered literary sites, Jasmine hopes it will bring them closer together and help them reconcile the past.

Twenty-five years earlier the disappearance of Jasmine's older sister devastated their tight-knit community. This tragedy returns to haunt Jasmine and Della when another child mysteriously goes missing on Hampstead Heath. As Jasmine immerses herself in the world of her literary idols – including Jane Austen, the Brontë sisters and Virginia Woolf – Della is inspired to rediscover the wisdom of her own culture and storytelling. But sometimes the stories that are not told can become too great to bear.

Ambitious and engrossing, After Story celebrates the extraordinary power of words and the quiet spaces between. We can be ready to listen, but are we ready to hear?

After Story is a work of great originality. It is a tale of discovery and understanding, envisioned through the shared experiences of Della and Jasmine on a journey to the "old country", a place that is not theirs. Through Della and Jasmine we come to understand the depths of familial love, with poignancy, humour and true storytelling.’ Tony Birch

A literary tour that speaks to the imagination, After Story connects the cannon of English literature to the lives of a mother and daughter whose own stories have remain untold. Larissa Behrendt weaves an exquisite tapestry that talks to our common humanity and lives within the stories we collect, treasure and share.’ Rachel Griffiths

Larissa Behrendt is Professor of Indigenous Research and Director of Research at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology, Sydney. She is a regular columnist for The Guardian and has published numerous textbooks on Indigenous legal issues. She is also the author of two novels: Home, which won the 2002 David Unaipon Award and the 2005 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book (South-East Asia and South Pacific); and Legacy, which won the 2010 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing. She is the Ambassador of the Gawura Aboriginal Campus at St Andrew’s Cathedral School in Sydney and a board member of the Sydney Story Factory, a literacy program in Redfern. She was awarded the 2009 NAIDOC Person of the Year award and 2011 NSW Australian of the Year.