A Night in with
Join bestselling author Kate Morton in conversation with Alex Clark to celebrate the publication of her much-anticipated new novel, Homecoming.
Jess is a journalist in search of a story. Having lived and worked in London for almost twenty years, she now finds herself laid off from her full-time job and struggling to make ends meet. A phone call out of nowhere summons her back to Sydney, where her beloved grandmother, Nora, who raised Jess when her mother could not, has suffered a fall and been raced to the hospital.
Nora has always been a vibrant and strong presence: decisive, encouraging, young despite her years. When Jess visits her in the hospital she is alarmed to find her grandmother frail and confused; it’s even more alarming to hear from Nora’s housekeeper that Nora had been distracted in the weeks before her accident, and that she fell on the steps to the attic – the one place Jess was forbidden from playing when she was small.
At a loose end in Nora’s house, Jess does some digging of her own. In Nora’s bedroom she discovers a true crime book, chronicling the police investigation into a long-buried tragedy: The Turner Family Tragedy of Christmas Eve, 1959. It is only when Jess skims through the book that she finds a shocking connection between her own family and this once-infamous crime – a crime that has never been resolved satisfactorily. And for a journalist without a story, a cold case might be the best distraction she can find…
For this very special online event, Kate and Alex will discuss writing, families, secrets, big old houses, the past and the present, belonging, coming home, and much more.
"Homecoming is Kate Morton at her very best. A lush, rich, beautiful novel, set against the vibrant, immense backdrop of Australia" Kristin Hannah
"An eerie epic . . . There are beautiful descriptions of the region’s landscape and canny insights into the neighborhood’s tight-knit community. This is Morton’s best yet" Publisher's Weekly