We Were Never Friends, by Margaret Bearman

Friday March 13th, 6pm

We Were Never Friends, by Margaret Bearman


Join us for an instore event with Margaret Bearman, author of We Were Never Friends. In conversation with Margaret will be author Zoya Patel.




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Lotti lives in the shadow of a genius: her father George Coates is a brilliant and celebrated Australian painter. When Lotti meets the outcast waif Kyla at a suburban Canberra school, two worlds are set to collide. Slowly Kyla is drawn into the orbit of the Coates family. Or is it the other way around? As Lotti and Kyla navigate their way towards adulthood, dark secrets start to unravel, with devastating consequences. We Were Never Friends is a story of friendship, the pursuit of a creative life and the legacies we leave behind.

‘A compelling and authentic journey into the heart of a suburban Australian family. What is art? What’s true courage? I could not put it down.’ - Melissa Ashley, bestselling author of The Birdman's Wife

‘Margaret Bearman’s intimate, unsettling novel of family dysfunction perfectly captures the ambivalent passions of girlhood while offering an incisive critique of the cult of artistic genius. Sharp and subtle at the same time, refusing any easy certainties, We Were Never Friends is a haunting portrait of the human capacity for cruelty and love in equal measure.’ - Kirsten Tranter, bestselling author of The Legacy

Margaret Bearman is a writer and an academic. Her first novel, Above the Water, was published in 2002. She has written for radio, theatre and made award-winning short films. Her academic research explores the complexity of learning and working in a postdigital age. She lives in Melbourne with her family.

Zoya Patel is the author of No Country Woman: A Memoir of Not Belonging.

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