29 AUG 6.30pm - Juliet Rieden

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29 AUG 6.30pm - Juliet Rieden

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Riverbend Books is proud to present Juliet Rieden in conversation with Dame Quentin Bryce...

From journalist and Editor-At-Large of The Australian Women's Weekly, Juliet Rieden comes the story of how her father survived the Holocaust.

Meticulously researched and beautifully told, The Writing on the Wall is the story of a woman's quest to make sense of her father, and his determination to forge a life of connection and purpose from a childhood marred by so much loss.

Riverbend is proud to present an evening with seasoned journalist and non-fiction author, Juliet Rieden. Join us at the Riverbend Books at 6.00pm on Thursday 29th August as Juliet speaks about her exciting new book The Writing on the Wall with Dame Quentin Bryce.

About the book…

In 1939, as Hitler's troops are marching on Prague, a Jewish couple makes a heartbreaking decision that will save their eight-year-old son's life but change their family forever.

Australian journalist Juliet Rieden grew up in England in the 1960s and 70s always sensing that her family was different in some way. She wondered why she knew so little about her father's childhood, why her Czech grandmother had visited just once and why she had so few relatives.

In 2006, on the night before Juliet's father died, he suddenly looked up and said: 'The plane is in the hangar.' In the years after his death, Juliet comes to truly understand the significance of these words.

Her journey begins with a visit to the Pinkas Synagogue in Prague, where she finds the Rieden name repeated many times over on the walls. Juliet embarks on a quest to research her family history - and what she uncovers leads her to Theresienstadt and Auschwitz, where she traces the fate of her grandparents and cousins and aunts and uncles. As she finds answers, she unearths more questions, and she learns about the extremes of cruelty, courage and kindness.

About the author…

Juliet Rieden has been a journalist for more than 30 years working between the UK and Australia for a variety of magazines and newspapers as a writer and editor. She is currently Editor-At-Large at Australia's oldest and best-loved quality monthly magazine The Australian Women's Weekly where she writes cover stories and major interviews, works as the Royal Correspondent and the Books Editor. Her first book, The Royals in Australia, was a lavishly produced, fully illustrated and meticulously researched investigation behind the scenes of almost 150 years of royal visits to Australia and included diaries, letters, journals and documents uncovered in the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle.

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