Crime and Nostalgia

Crime and Nostalgia Sat 20 Feb Downstairs at The Maj | His Majesty's Theatre Sat 20 Feb Downstairs at The Maj | His Majesty's Theatre $19 Event Info Buy Tickets
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JP Pomare (appearing via live stream), David Whish Wilson and Alexander Thorpe discuss their latest offerings – a psychological thriller, a crime novel and a whodunit that all address nostalgia in different ways.

JP Pomare’s In the Clearing explores a world loosely built on the real-life Family Cult that brainwashed children in the 1970s and 1980s. In it, Amy and Freya do a complex dance around one another in a novel so full of suspense it is impossible to put down.

David Whish Wilson’s Shore Leave is deeply nostalgic. Set in 1989 just after the America’s Cup, the book follows Detective Frank Swann as he attempts to solve a series of murders. It’s a riveting tale of friendship and family set against a backdrop of greed, corruption and violence.

Alexander Thorpe’s debut, Death Leaves the Station, packs a big punch. Set in 1927 in the Wheatbelt, the novel introduces us to an unforgettable cast with thigh-slapping humour. At its heart it is a drily observant coming-of-age novel about a young woman, but it also manages to also examine race, class and gender dynamics in Western Australia.

JP Pomare

JP Pomare is an award-winning writer who has had work published in journals including Meanjin, Kill Your Darlings, Takahe and Mascara Literary Review. He has hosted the On Writing podcast since 2015 featuring bestselling authors from around the globe. His first novel, Call Me Evie, was critically acclaimed and won the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best First Novel. In The Clearing, his second novel, was also a critically acclaimed bestseller. Born in New Zealand, he resides in Melbourne with his wife.

David Whish-Wilson

David Whish-Wilson was born in Newcastle, New South Wales, but grew up in Singapore, Victoria and Western Australia. He left Australia aged 18 to live for a decade in Europe, Africa and Asia. His most recent novel, Shore Leave, is the fourth novel in the Frank Swann series. He currently lives in Fremantle, Western Australia, with his partner and three children, where he teaches creative writing at Curtin University.

Alexander Thorpe

Alexander Thorpe is from Fremantle, Western Australia. He has written advertising copy for pool cleaners and concrete supply companies, taught English in Joseph Stalin’s hometown and almost managed to read half of James Joyce’s Ulysses twice (which is more or less the same as having almost managed to read the whole book). Alex has written for news outlets, travel journals, marketing companies and educational providers, and has recently published his first novel, Death Leaves the Station.

Time & Location

Sat 20 Feb


Downstairs at The Maj | His Majesty's Theatre, 825 Hay Street, Perth / Karboordup



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JP Pomare is appearing via live stream.

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