Filter by
Giramondo Publishing

Book launch: Bon and Lesley by Shaun Prescott

Where
2 Oxford St
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Australia
The Burdekin Hotel
When

Thursday 6 October from 6pm to 9pm

Please join us to celebrate the launch of Bon and Lesley (Giramondo, September 2022), the new novel by the internationally acclaimed author of The Town, Shaun Prescott.

The launch will take place on 6 October at The Burdekin's Lava Lounge (level 3), with a reading by Prescott and a live music performance by Troth, a Newcastle-based duo whose work shares significant links with Prescott's work.

Copies of Bon and Lesley will be sold on the night, with signings by Prescott. There will be a bar tab for early arrivals, with additional food and drink also available for purchase from the Burdekin menu.

This event is free, but RSVP is essential. Please register through Eventbrite to attend.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

ABOUT BON AND LESLEY

When a spreading fire in the mountains stops his train, Bon looks out the window and does what he’s always imagined he might – he gets off the train, and steps out of his life. In the desolate regional town of Newnes, he falls into the company of Steven and Jack Grady, two brothers, one garrulous, the other all but silent, both drawn like moths to the chaos of the coming days. When Lesley – an enigmatic fellow escapee from the city – arrives, they coalesce into a makeshift family unit, bound by a deep and strange attachment. They fall into a routine fuelled by cheap alcohol and fast food, reading shopping catalogues and seeking hidden paths in the forest, while trying to make sense of the darkness that seems to be encroaching on their lives. Depicting a world of peculiar anarchies and regulations, of secret portals that lurk beneath the country’s failing design, Bon and Lesley is an urgent, surreal dispatch that asks where care persists in a country intimately familiar with catastrophe.

Order the book here.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

ABOUT SHAUN PRESCOTT

Shaun Prescott is a writer based in the Blue Mountains in New South Wales. His debut novel The Town was published in Australia, the UK, USA, Germany, Japan, Netherlands and Spain.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

ABOUT TROTH

Troth are a Newcastle-based duo comprising Amelia Besseny and Cooper Bowman. Their music fluidly blends minimal synthpop, immersive ambient soundscapes and site-specific sound-art experiments. During the three years they have been working together, they have released several albums for international and Australian labels and have recently completed a tour of Europe and the UK.

Troth's music shares many commonalities with Shaun Prescott's work, being deeply engaged with the visceral and rough elementality of the Australian landscape and their shared attempts to make sense of the Australian experience. Prescott contributed the liner notes for Troth's 2020 album Flaws In The Glass, recorded on a residency in Mt Wilson shortly following the devastating bushfires in the area.

Covid-safe information

This is a COVID Safe event.

More events in Talks, courses & workshops

Animal Sculpture Family Workshop (Ages 5+)

Animal Sculpture Family Workshop (Ages 5+)

Explore, make and play as a family with air drying clay to create mini animal sculptures
Today 1pm to 4pm
StudioRCC singing group lessons

StudioRCC singing group lessons

Free group singing online classes facilitated by Asahi Takahasi
Today 3.30pm to 5.30pm
Ukulele class: Beginners to advanced

Ukulele class: Beginners to advanced

Strum your troubles away in this fun class for all ages and levels of experience
Today 3pm to 5pm
Gordon Hookey: A MURRIALITY

Gordon Hookey: A MURRIALITY

The first survey of Waanyi artist Gordon Hookey, charting three decades of practice where artmaking and activism fuse.
Today 10am to 5pm
Sydney Design Week: Don Cameron - Translations

Sydney Design Week: Don Cameron - Translations

Don Cameron unveils his first complete furniture and lighting collection inspired by brutalist architecture
Today 10am to 6pm
'How to Catch a Star' Presented by the ACO

'How to Catch a Star' Presented by the ACO

A brand new ACO Families production for music lovers of all ages!
Today 10.30am to 11.30am
Andrew Robertson presents “Jazz Today & Tomorrow”

Andrew Robertson presents “Jazz Today & Tomorrow”

Two great Big Bands – one with Sydney’s top professional jazz musicians and one with the next generation of jazz greats.
Today 8.30pm to 11pm