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Online event: Sisters in Crime NSW investigate – Nina Young and Tanya Bretherton – True Crime, what is it, why write it, why read it?

July 29, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm



Even Sisters in Crime’s best laid plans have to give way to Covid lockdown but we’re not giving up that easily, so join the NSW Chapter online at 6.30pm on Thursday 29 July for a conversation with Nina Young and Tanya Bretherton.

Journalist and daughter Nina and her mother Denise Young courageously relate their very personal journeys in their dual memoir My Father the Murderer (Penguin), while in The Husband Poisoner (Hachette), award winning true crime researcher and author Tanya Bretherton, investigates a post World War II crime wave of wives using rat poison to kill their husbands, and others. Both of of these true stories of crime revolve around family.

Nina and Tanya will be in conversation with Catherine du Peloux Menagé, Artistic Director of BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival and convenor of the NSW Chapter of Sisters in Crime.

Nina Young:

‘In order for me to be born, a stranger had to die.’

This was Nina Young’s shocking realisation in her mid-twenties, when she found out from on-line court records that her estranged father, Allan Ladd had strangled a woman to death decades before. Nina Young is now a journalist who has worked in television and magazines, and is currently parenting and podcast editor at Kidspot. She is the creator the My father the murderer podcast and, with her mother Denise, author of the book of the same name.

Tanya Bretherton:

Tanya Bretherton’s latest work is The Husband Poisoner, a superbly researched and told exploration of a series of murders, committed in the home by women, in post-war Sydney. Tanya is also the author of  The Suitcase BabyThe Suicide Bride and The Killing Streets, winner of the Danger Prize in 2020. Tanya has a PhD in sociology, a history as a researcher and a gift for story-telling.

Book here for $10 by Thursday 29 July, 12 noon and you’ll be sent a Zoom link at 5pm. Thanks to generous publisher friends, the NSW Chapter has three mystery book parcels to give away to three people in the online audience. Names will be drawn at the end of the event.

Unfortunately, this bonus is restricted to Australian residents – international postage is just too expensive!

Info: Catherine du Peloux Menagé.