events @ paperchain
Rebecca James - Thu 20 Jun 2013
The ACT Writers Centre and Paperchain Bookstore present
Tania McCartney in conversation with celebrated Young Adult author Rebecca James
Thursday June 20
5.45 for 6.00pm
RSVP Wednesday June 19
Telephone 6295 6723 or
Join us as Tania McCartney chats to YA sensation, author Rebecca James, who has been referred to as ‘the new JK Rowling’ (Wall Street Journal). Rebecca has just launched her second novel Sweet Damage (Allen & Unwin). Her first novel, Beautiful Malice (Allen & Unwin) was an international sensation, selling rights to 52 countries. Rebecca spent her early twenties working as a waitress, her late twenties teaching English in Indonesia and Japan, and most of her thirties having babies and working as a kitchen designer. She has recently become a Canberra resident, and lives in the capital with her partner and their four sons.
'I still dream about Anna London's house. In my dreams it's as if the house itself has sinister intentions. But in real life it wasn't the house that was responsible for what happened. It was the people who did the damage ...'
When Tim Ellison finds a cheap room to rent in the perfect location in Sydney it looks like a huge stroke of luck. In fact the room comes with a condition, and the owner of the house, the mysterious Anna London, is unfriendly and withdrawn. When strange and terrifying things start happening in the house at night, Tim wonders if taking the room is a mistake. But then his feelings for Anna start to change, and when her past comes back with a vengeance, Tim is caught right in the middle of it.
A thrilling, rollercoaster of a story - read it with the lights on!
'Truth or dare?' she asks.
I hesitate. I have so many secrets, so many things I don't want to reveal, but this is only a game, only a bit of fun. 'Truth,' I say finally. 'I can imagine one of your dares, and I don't fancy running down Oxford Street naked tonight.'
'Truth,' Alice says slowly, drawing out the vowel sound as if she's savouring the word. 'Are you sure? Are you sure you can be completely honest?'
'I think so. Try me.'
'Okay.' And then she looks at me curiously. 'So. Were you glad, deep down? Were you glad to be rid of her? Your perfect sister? Were you secretly glad when she was killed?'
Katherine has moved away from her shattered once-perfect family to start a new life in Sydney. There she keeps her head down until she is befriended by the charismatic Alice, and her life takes her in new directions. But there is a dark side to Alice, and as we learn the truth of Katherine's sister's death and Alice's background, their story spirals to an explosive finale.
'This novel delivers in spades with its masterful plot' - Australian Women's Weekly
'a fast-paced, sexy thriller' - The Sun Herald
'A hypnotic exploration of a toxic friendship' - Who Weekly
Highly Commended, FAW (Fellowship of Australian Writrs) Christina Stead Award