KYD First Book Club: The Unexpected Education of Emily Dean
Kill Your Darlings
Established in 2014, the KYD First Book Club partners with local publishers to each month promote a new release debut book of fiction or non-fiction that KYD is gunning for everyone to read! For its June Book Club KYD has chosen Mira Robertson's The Unexpected Education of Emily Dean.
In 1944 Emily Dean is dispatched from Melbourne to stay with her father’s relatives in rural Victoria. At the family property of Mount Prospect, Grandmother is determined to keep up standards despite the war, while Emily’s young aunt – the beautiful, fearless Lydia – refuses to befriend her. Feeling lonely and isolated, Emily can’t wait to go home.
But things start to improve when she encounters Claudio, the Italian prisoner of war employed as a farm labourer. And become more interesting still when her uncle William returns home wounded. He’s rude, traumatised and mostly drunk, yet a passion for literature soon draws them together.
The Unexpected Education of Emily Dean is a delightfully wry novel about desire, deceit and self-discovery.
Come along to Hill of Content bookshop to hear author Mira Robertson discuss her debut novel with First Book Club coordinator Ellen Cregan.
Free, no booking required.