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A Night of Crime

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Don’t miss this opportunity to hear some of Australia’s best-selling crime authors at our Night of Crime panel discussion. Whether it’s the truth, or fiction, books about horrendous acts of violence and the criminals behind them are the most read books on the planet. But why are readers so obsessed with crime?

Thriller writer, Tim Ayliffe, leads a conversation alongside talented authors Michelle Prak, Rae Cairns, Sulari Gentill, and James Phelps.

After the panel discussion, enjoy mingling and chatting with the authors at The Yass Book Store table and pick up copies of their books to have signed on the night! Drinks and nibbles provided.


Tim Ayliffe is the author of the John Bailey series including 'The Greater Good', 'State of Fear', 'The Enemy Within' and his most recent novel, 'Killer Traitor Spy'. Ayliffe's thrillers have also been optioned for TV. Ayliffe has been a journalist for 25 years and he's currently the Managing Editor of TV & Video for ABC News. When he's not writing or chasing news stories, he watches rugby and surfs. He lives in Sydney.

Michelle Prak’s debut thriller The Rush is out now with Simon & Schuster Australia, and with Harper Collins France. Michelle has a BA in Journalism and Masters in Communication Management. A former PR and social media consultant, she teaches at the University of South Australia.

Rae Cairns writes crime with heart: thrillers featuring everyday people facing extraordinary circumstances. Her debut novel 'The Good Mother' was shortlisted for Best Debut Crime Fiction in the 2021 Ned Kelly Awards and longlisted for the 2021 Sisters in Crime Davitt Awards. It draws on her background as a youth worker in Northern Ireland during the final years of The Troubles. 'Dying to Know', Rae’s second novel, is a standalone Sydney based thriller and centres around a woman’s determination to uncover what happened to her missing sister. Rae has also co-managed a crisis refuge for street children, worked as Program Director for the Sydney Olympic Youth Camp and holds a degree in Performing Arts. She lives in Sydney with her husband, two children and her dog Cookie who sleeps at her feet while she writes.

Sulari Gentill is the multi-award-winning author of the USA Today Bestselling 'The Woman in the Library' as well as 'The Rowland Sinclair Mysteries', 'The Hero' trilogy and 'After She Wrote Him', for which she won the 2018 Ned Kelly Award. Sulari lives with her husband, Michael, and their boys, Edmund and Atticus, on a small farm in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains of Australia, where she grows French black truffles, keeps donkeys, and writes about murder and mayhem.

James Phelps is an award-winning senior reporter for Sydney's Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph and has a string of successful sports and true crime books to his name. Now he has turned his pen to writing crime fiction, using his experience as a reporter to create 'The Inside Man' - a gripping action thriller for fans of Matthew Reilly and Lee Child. Phelps has just released a book about Pentridge Prison and is the author of more than a dozen fiction and non-fiction books, including 'Australia’s Most Murderous PrisonBehind The Walls of Goulburn Jail'.

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