Hannah Kent will be in conversation with Professor Jen Webb, Director of the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research at the University Canberra, on Kent's much anticipated second novel, The Good People.
Set in 1825 Ireland, the novel is based in "a remote Irish valley lying between the mountains and Flesk river of Killarney" where "three women are brought together by strange and troubling events." Like Kent's award-winning debut novel, Burial Rites (2013), which will also be included in the conversation, The Good People is inspired by a true story.
Burial Rites, which followed the real-life story of Agnes Magnusdottir, the last woman put to death in Iceland, won multiple prizes including in 2014: the ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year, the ABA Nielsen Bookdata Bookseller's Choice Award, the Booktopia People's Choice Award and the Victorian Premier's Literary Award People's Choice Award. In 2013, it won the FAW Christina Stead Award and the Indie Awards Debut Fiction of the Year.
"A thoroughly atmospheric and involving read...Readers eager to see how Kent has followed up her best-selling debut should not find themselves disappointed", Australian Bookseller and Publisher review.
Books will be on sale thanks to the University Co-Op bookshop. Signings will take place from 6pm and after the talk.