The Truth About Her - Jacqueline Maley in conversation

Author(s): Jacqueline Maley

Jacqueline Maley

Jane Seaton will be in conversation with Jacqueline Maley (live streamed) to discuss her novel - The Truth About Her on Wednesday 21st April at 6.30pm - 7.30pm.

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‘The summer after I wrote the story that killed Tracey Doran, I had just stopped sleeping with two very different men, following involvement in what some people on the internet called a ‘sex scandal’, although when it was described that way it didn’t seem like the kind of thing that happened to me. It seemed like something that happened to the people I wrote about, who were a different sort of people altogether.’

How can you write other people’s stories when you won’t admit the truth of your own?

One summer morning, journalist and single mother Suzy Hamilton discovers that the subject of one of her investigative exposés, 25yearold wellness blogger Tracey Doran, has killed herself overnight. Suzy is horrified by this news but copes in the only way she knows how – through work, mothering, and carrying on with her illadvised, tandem affairs.

But the consequences of her actions catch up with Suzy over the course of a long, sticky Sydney summer. She starts receiving anonymous vindictive letters and is pursued by Tracey’s mother, wanting Suzy, as a kind of rough justice, to tell Tracey’s story, but this time, the right way.

The Truth About Her is a story about the nature of stories – who owns them, who is allowed to tell them, and why we need them.

'A stunning novel, sharply observed, beautifully written, enthralling.' Julia Baird

'Read the first sentence of Jacqueline Maley's debut novel, and you will be in it until the end. Electrifying, deeply unsettling and so, so satisfying. And, if you've ever tried to manage the sharp end of a career with the blunt demands of parenthood, fiercely recognisable.' Meg Mason, author of Sorrow and Bliss

'I loved The Truth About Her. I could not put it down - whip-smart, sexy and with so much heart - and god, that ending packed a punch. The sort of book that all mothers need to read.' Eliza Henry- Jones, author of In the Quiet and Ache

Jacqueline Maley is an award‐winning journalist and columnist with The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. In 2020 she won, along with her colleague Kate McClymont, a prestigious Walkley Award for Excellence in Journalism, as well as the NSW Civil Liberties Council Media Award. In 2017 Maley won the Peter Ruehl Award for Outstanding Columnist at the Kennedy Awards. The Truth About Her is her first novel.

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  • : Beaufort Street Books
  • : Beaufort Street Books
  • : books

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  • : Jacqueline Maley