Meet the Author: Hannah Kent


Meet the Author: Hannah Kent

We are absolutely thrilled to be presenting Meet the Author, Hannah Kent, as she launches her sublime new novel, Devotion, to the world. Hannah is the award-winning author of Burial Rites and The Good People, as well as being an Adelaide Hills local and firm friend of Matilda Bookshop. Hannah will be talking about Devotion, and all things books and writingwith Matilda Bookshop's, Molly Murn, at 730pm, Tuesday October 26, at Elder Hall, North Terrace. This promises to be a very special night, so please don't miss out.
This will be an in-person event and will be run within all current SA Health COVID guidelines with masks being mandatory. If the in-person event needs to be cancelled due to any changes in restrictions, please be aware that this event will move to a fully online Zoom event.
Devotion is a book to savour.This long-awaited novel, partly set in South Australia, demonstrates Hannah Kent's sublime ability with language and creates an immersive, transformative experience for the reader. In Prussia, 1836, Hanne Nussbaum is a child of nature. She would rather run wild in the forest than conform to the limitations of womanhood. In her village of Kay, Hanne is friendless and considered an oddity ... until she meets Thea.The Nussbaums are Old Lutherans, bound by God's law and at odds with their King's order for reform. Forced to flee religious persecution the families of Kay board a crowded, disease-riddled ship bound for the new colony of South Australia. In the face of brutal hardship, the beauty of whale song enters Hanne's heart, along with the miracle of her love for Thea. Theirs is a bond that nothing can break.The whale passed. The music faded. A new start in an old land: South Australia, 1838. God, society and nature itself decree Hanne and Thea cannot be together. But within the impossible ... is devotion. This book is utterly glorious.
Hannah Kent's first novel, the international bestseller, Burial Rites (2013), was translated into over 30 languages and won the ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year, the Indie Awards Debut Fiction Book of the Year, the ABA Nielsen Bookdata Bookseller's Choice Award, the Victorian Premier's People's Choice Award and the FAW Christina Stead Award. It is currently being adapted for film by Sony TriStar. Hannah's second novel, The Good People (2016), was also translated into many languages and is currently being adapted for film by Aquarius Productions.

Tickets are $12 or you can purchase Ticket + Book for $33 (Devotion is normally $33 just on its own) with the book to be collected at the event. Devotion will be on sale for the night for $29.99.

If you are unable to attend the event on the night, but would love a copy of the book delivered or posted to your South Australian address for free, please select Book Only for $33 (rrp Devotion $33).


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University of Adelaide , North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000

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