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Garden Lounge bookclub: “Trespassers” by Meg Mundell

November 27 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

A private book club at Garden Lounge in Newtown. For this edition we’ll be reading New Zealand novelist Meg Mundell’s “Trespassers”.

Join us as we read and discuss this thought-provoking mystery set on an ill-fated migrant ship heading to Australia in a disturbing near future.

Ticket price includes a new copy of “The Trespassers” (RRP $29.95) and a complimentary drink of your choice on arrival on the night. The discussion will be curated by Garden Lounge owner-manager Michael Aiken.

Copies of the book can be posted to you or collected from the shop one month in advance.

About the book

A shipload of migrant workers flees the pandemic-stricken UK, seeking a fresh start in Australia. For nine-year-old Cleary the journey promises adventure, for former nurse Billie it’s a chance to put a shameful mistake behind her, while struggling schoolteacher Tom hopes for a brighter future. But when a crew member is murdered and people start falling gravely ill, the Steadfast descends into chaos. Trapped on the ship, the trio must join forces to survive the journey and its aftermath.

“The Trespassers” is a beguiling novel that explores the consequences of greed, the experiences of migration and exile, and the way strangers can become the ones we hold dear.

About the author

Meg Mundell is a New Zealand-born writer and academic based in Melbourne. Her first novel, Black Glass, was shortlisted for two Aurealis Awards, the Barbara Jefferis Award and the Norma K. Hemming Award. She is the author of the story collection Things I Did for Money, and her fiction, essays and journalism have been widely published, including in Best Australian Stories, Meanjin, The Age, The Monthly, The Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian Financial Review and Australian Book Review. Meg is also the editor of the forthcoming anthology We Are Here: Stories of Home, Place and Belonging (Affirm Press), a collection of writings by people who have experienced homelessness.

About the conversationalist

Michael Aiken’s first book, ‘A Vicious Example’ (Grand Parade Poets 2014), was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry, the Dame Mary Gilmore Prize and an Australian Book Design Award. In 2015 he was selected and mentored by David Malouf to write his first verse novel, ‘Satan Repentant’, as part of the Australian Book Review’s inaugural Laureate’s Fellowship. His most recent book is another poetry collection, ‘The Little Book of Sunlight and Maggots’, published in 2019 by the University of Western Australia.


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