Laura Elizabeth Woollett online with Yarra Libraries

Laura Elizabeth Woollett discusses her latest crime novel The Newcomer. Dark and disturbing, her novel offers us an intimate portrait of a small town that librarian Nell O’Bryan will delve into with Laura.

Laura Elizabeth Woollett is the author of a short story collection, The Love of a Bad Man, and two novels, Beautiful Revolutionary and The Newcomer. The Love of a Bad Man was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction and the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction. Beautiful Revolutionary was shortlisted for the 2019 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Fiction, the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal, and the Kathleen Mitchell Award. Laura is the City of Melbourne’s 2020 Boyd Garret writer-in-residence and is a 2020-22 Marten Bequest scholar for prose.

Nell O’Bryan is a Community Programs Officer here at Yarra libraries. Once an avid reader (before she had three kids and took up guitar), she has an infinite curiosity about people and their lives, so she jumped at the chance to ask Laura Elizabeth Woollett questions and get paid for it. A regular consumer of TV crime drama, she can’t wait to read The Newcomer, an actual book, and discuss it with an actual adult.

The Newcomer

There's no such thing as a perfect victim.

In a hotel room on a sleepy Pacific island, Judy Novak waits. And worries. It isn’t the first time 29-year-old problem child Paulina has kept her mother waiting. But Judy can’t ignore the island’s jagged cliffs and towering pines — or the dread that Paulina has finally acted on her threats to take her own life.

When Paulina’s body is discovered, Judy’s worst fears seem confirmed. Only, Paulina didn’t kill herself. She was murdered.

So begins a thorny investigation, wherein every man on the island is a suspect yet none are as maligned as Paulina: the…

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