Join Ben Hobson in conversation with author Karen Viggers to discuss her Australian drama Sidelines.
During this digital book club, guests will have the opportunity to ask questions, interact with the authors, and enjoy a well-rounded bookish discussion.
|Date and time
|Tuesday 27 February,
|Ben’s Book Club featuring Karen Viggers
A Zoom link will be sent via email upon registering
About the book
Thirteen-year-old Audrey is a talented young football player. But does she want to play for Australia or does she just want to please her father, Ben, whose own thwarted sporting career looms large in his ambitions for his daughter? Audrey's mother, Jonica, doesn't know whether to be more concerned about her anxious daughter, her overbearing husband, or the only other girl on the team, Katerina, who is causing trouble on and off the field. And Katerina's mother, Carmen, is so busy looking for opportunities to give Katerina more game time that she fails to notice what is really capturing her daughter's attention. When Griffin, a naturally gifted player with spectacular skills, arrives, the tension within the team reaches boiling point. But who is going to crack first - the parents or the players?
About the author
Karen Viggers is a writer, veterinarian, literary critic who loves nature, bushwalking and animals. Her work is set in Australian landscapes and explores dying with dignity, displacement of First Peoples, wildlife conservation and clear-felling of native forests. She is co-host of the Secrets From the Green Room podcast, a literary reviewer, public speaker, and a mother of two.
Ben Hobson is a teacher, and an author, based in Brisbane. To Become a Whale, his debut novel, was released in 2017. It was longlisted for the ABIA Debut Fiction award and shortlisted for the Courier-Mail's People's Choice Award. His second novel, Snake Island, a literary thriller, was released in 2019. The Death of John Lacey, released in February 2023, is his third novel.