Meet the author - Louise Milligan

Listen to the recording of Louise Milligan in conversation with Amy Remeikis on Pheasants Nest, a gripping, propulsive and brilliantly original debut novel on the Experience ANU SoundCloud channel.

Award-winning writer and journalist Louise Milligan will be in conversation with Amy Remeikis on Pheasants Nest, a gripping, propulsive and brilliantly original debut novel.

Kate Delaney has made the biggest mistake of her life. She picked the wrong guy to humiliate on a girls' night out and now she is living every woman's worst nightmare. Kate finds herself brutalised, bound and gagged in the back of a car being driven god knows where by a man whose name she doesn't know, and she is petrified about what's in store for her.

As a journalist who is haunted by the crimes she's had to report over her career, Kate is terrifyingly familiar with the statistics about women who go missing—and the fear and trauma behind the headlines. She knows only too well how those stories usually end.

Kate can only hope the police will find her before it's too late, but she's aware a random crime is hardest to solve. As the clock ticks down, she tries to keep herself sane by thinking about her beloved boyfriend and friends, escaping into memories of love and happy times together. She knows she cannot give way to despair.

As the suspense escalates, Kate's boyfriend Liam is left behind, struggling with his shock, fear and desperation as the police establish a major investigation. The detectives face their own feelings of anguish and futility as they reflect on the cases they didn't solve in time and the victims they couldn't save. They know Kate's chances of survival diminish with every passing hour. Louise Milligan has written a stunning and surprising thriller with a gigantic heart.

'A compelling story, written with tautness and wit.' – Annabel Crabb . 'A crime novel that could only be written by a fine journalist - so original, funny and true.' – David Marr. 'A story as addictive as Gone Girl but with a distinctive Australian voice.' – Patricia Karvelas

Louise Milligan is a multi-award-winning investigative journalist for ABC TV's Four Corners. She is the author of two bestselling non-fiction books: Cardinal, The Rise and Fall of George Pell and Witness, An Investigation into the Brutal Cost of Seeking Justice. Her books have been awarded multiple prizes, including the Walkley Book Award, the Davitt Awards Best Non-Fiction Crime Book, the Melbourne Prize for Literature People's Choice Award, the Victorian Premier's Literary Award's People's Choice prize, the Sir Owen Dixon Chambers Law Reporter of the Year Award and a Press Freedom Medal.

Amy Remeikis is the political reporter for The Guardian. She writes on the major political issues in Australia, crime, the courts and the environment and is a regular panellist on the ABC's Insiders program

The vote of thanks will be given by Sally Pryor, Features Editor of the Canberra Times

This event is in association with Harry Hartog Bookshop. Books will be available for purchase on the evening in the Cultural Centre foyer. Pre-event book signings will be available from 5.30pm, and available again after the event.


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Date and Times


Room: Cinema

153 Tangney Road
Cultural Center