Meet the Author: Nikki Gemmell

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Meet the Author: Nikki Gemmell

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Join us at 6.30pm on Friday the 16th June as Nikki Gemmell speaks in conversation with Jane Sullivan about her memoir, After,  in which she bravely and honestly explores the devastating aftermath of her elderly mother's decision to end her own life.

Come along to hear this about this deeply intimate, fiercely beautiful, blazingly bold and important book.

 

About the Book...

Nikki Gemmell's world changed forever in October 2015 when the body of her elderly mother was found and it became clear she had decided to end her own life. After the immediate shock and devastation came the guilt and the horror, for Nikki, her family, relatives and friends. No note was left, so the questions that Elayn's death raised were endless. Was the decision an act of independence or the very opposite? Was it a desperate act driven by hopelessness and anger, or was her euthanasia a reasoned act of empowerment?

After is the story of Elayn Gemmell - and the often difficult, prickly relationship between mothers and daughters, and how that changes over time. As anguished as it truthful, as powerful as it is profound, After is about life, death, elderly parents, mothers and daughters, hurt and healing, and about how little, sometimes, we know the ones we love the most.

 

About the Author...

Nikki Gemmell is the best-selling author of thirteen novels and four works of non-fiction. Her books have been translated into 22 languages. She was born in Wollongong, New South Wales and lived in London for many years, but has now returned to Australia. Her distinctive writing has gained her critical acclaim in France, where she’s been described as a “female Jack Kerouac“. The French literary magazine Lire has included her in a list of what it called the fifty most important writers in the world – those it believes will have a significant influence on the literature of the 21st century. Her best-known work is the 2003 novel The Bride Stripped Bare, an explicit exploration of female sexuality. Gemmell pens a weekly column for The Australian newspaper. She also writes novels for children –  the Kensington Reptilarium series for 9 to 13 year olds, and the Coco Banjo series for slightly younger readers. 

 

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