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Meet Deakin author R.W.R McDonald

August 18

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Excited to be part of The Wheeler Centreโ€™s The Next Big Thing – Heartbeat Edition sharing the stage with excellent writers @ninakenwood , Yamiko Marama and @tiiakel 23rd September 6:15pm at The Moat. Details and link below – hope to see you there ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’– Our thumping hearts canโ€™t be โ€“ wonโ€™t be โ€“ stilled at the Heartbeat Edition of Next Big Thing, when we hear from some great new writers whose work is concerned with racing pulses, high stakes, young love and coming of age. Nina Kenwoodโ€™s YA novel It Sounded Better in My Head is a tender exploration of first love, friendship and all the horrifying awkwardness of navigating young adulthood. Rob McDonaldโ€™s The Nancys is a darkly funny novel about an unlikely uncle-niece detective team. Yamiko Maramaโ€™s essay, โ€˜The Equality of Loveโ€™ (published in Growing Up Queer in Australia) reflects on a blossoming relationship and the impact of the same-sex marriage survey. And Tiia Kellyโ€™s essay comes from the upcoming edition of Voiceworks (#116 Pluto). Readings will be our bookseller for this event. https://www.wheelercentre.com/events/heartbeat-edition

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August 17

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Posted @withrepost โ€ข ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ’– Thank you so much for your review and I โค๏ธ the photo! The Nancys scrapbook with clues is genius! (the murderer, cat and the bridge is my favourite – Devon would be so proud!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜) @laura_loves_literature Terrible photo, great book! This treasure took me back and reminded me of all the fantastic detective books I used to read when I was younger. It was equal parts hilarious (Uncle Pike and Devon have a special spot in my heart), moving (I feel ya Tippy Chan), and nail-biting. Witty and clever, @rwrmcdonald has written an exquisite debut and I urge you all to add it to your TBR. . . . #bookstagram #books #thenancys #rwrmcdonald #nancydrew #everyonesasuspect #bookish #bookstoread #tbr #currentread #lauralovesliterature

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August 16

A chance to win a copy of The Nancys in this week’s edition of NZ Woman’s Day


August 15

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Post @withrepost โ€ข ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’– @a.shelf.of.books The Nancys – RWR McDonald ๐Ÿ” โ€ขโ€ข Tippy Chan is 11 and lives in a small town in a very quiet part of the world. Her uncle Pike is back with his new boyfriend Devon to look after Tippy while her mum is on a cruise. When her teacherโ€™s body is found, Tippy and her minds form The Nancys, a secret amateur detective club. But what starts as a binding and sightseeing adventure quickly morphs into something far more dangerous. . โ€ขโ€ข I just adored The Nancys. I pretty much read it all in one sitting – but then wished I hadnโ€™t because I wanted to stay in the company of Tippy, Uncle Pike and Devon for so much longer. For a book about a kid investigating her teacherโ€™s fairly brutal murder, it is fun and energetic and joyous. Tippy is a great narrator, and none of the adults ever tone it down around her so their dirty jokes and double entendres are filtered through Tippyโ€™s innocent lens, making some of the funniest passages of the book. The mystery is also gripping (I never guess whodunnit, Iโ€™m just along for the ride and it was a great one), and I also really appreciated the focus on a loving, functional family. . . Like most people, I loved Uncle Pike and Devon, in all their camp, caring glory. I listened to an interview with McDonald where he talked about using the characters to celebrate camp and the bravery of men who are publicly camp, which can come with all sorts of discrimination and difficulties. It was a really lovely sentiment and one I hadnโ€™t heard expressed much before (so often camp characters are used as the joke) and it made me love the characters and the book even more. . . I really hope The Nancys does well outside of Australia and NZ, as it really deserves to go far. For all the Aussies and Kiwis out there, go find yourself a copy. Itโ€™s an utter delight, and Iโ€™m honestly just waiting until Iโ€™ve forgotten enough of the plot that I can read it again! . . #bookstagram #booksofinstagram #bookstagrammer #bookreview #readersofinstagram #bookstagramaustralia #aussiereader #librarybook #thenancys #rwrmcdonald #aussiebooks #kiwibooks #crimefiction #queerbooks #queerauthor #lgbtq #camp #dogsandbooks #๐ŸŒˆ #bookishpodca

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August 14

Chat writing and The Nancys with Conor Burke on his show

“Thirty Minutes with… ” Link to the episode here;