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Sisters in Crime@Preston Library

October 17, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Susan Hurley will be in conversation with fellow Sister in Crime Dr Philomena Horsley about her debut thriller, Eight Lives (Affirm Press), which draws on her thirty years in medical research and the pharmaceutical industry.

It features former refugee David Tran, the Golden Boy of Australian medical research. Eight volunteers are recruited for the first human trial of his drug, a crucial step on the path to global fame for David and windfall gains for his investors. But when David dies in baffling circumstances, motives are put under the microscope. With its origins in a real-life drug trial that ended in tragedy, Eight Lives is told from the perspectives of David’s friends, family and business associates, who all played a role in his downfall.

(Click here to read Moraig Kisler’s review on the Sisters in Crime website.)

Susan’s work has appeared in Kill Your Darlings, The Australian and The Big Issue. She was shortlisted for the 2017 Peter Carey Short Story Award and Eight Lives was shortlisted for the 2018 UK Caledonia Novel Award. https://susanhurley.com.au/eight-lives/

Dr Horsley, a Northcote resident, is a medical anthropologist who provides consultancy in the fields of health research and ethics. While a lot of her work has focussed on the intersections of gender, sexuality and health, her preferred research topic is autopsies – their history, how people regard them, and their contemporary uses. She won the 2018 Scarlet Stiletto award for her short story, “Darkness in Port”.

7.00-8.15pm Thursday 17 October – Preston Library, 266 Gower St, Preston

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