12-14 Sept 2024, State Library of NSW

BAD SYDNEY - Debra Oswald in Conversation
Debra Oswald in Conversation

Debra Oswald in Conversation

On Wednesday, 31st of March 2021 at 6:00 PM

This gripping contemporary thriller about domestic violence explores how far we would go to protect the vulnerable.

Listen to Debra Oswald talk about her psychological thriller The Family Doctor with Suzanne Leal.

Go to our bookseller partner Booktopia, to get a copy of The Family Doctor or of Suzanne Leal’s latest novel The Deceptions. 

Debra Oswald

Debra Oswald, a two-time winner of the NSW Premier’s Literary Award, is a playwright, screenwriter and novelist. Her latest novel is The Family Doctor, and other novels include The Whole Bright Year (2018) and Useful (2015). She was creator/head writer of the first five seasons of the successful TV series Offspring. Her stage plays have been performed around the world and published by Currency Press. Gary’s House, Sweet Road and The Peach Season were all shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Award. Debra will perform her one-woman show, Is There Something Wrong With That Lady? in April 2021.

Suzanne Leal

Suzanne Leal is the author of the novels The Deceptions, The Teacher’s Secret and Border Street. A regular presenter at literary events and festivals, she is the chair of the fiction and poetry panel for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and former senior judge for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. A lawyer experienced in child protection, criminal law and refugee law, Suzanne is a senior member of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal and former member of the Refugee Review Tribunal. She is the host of Thursday Book Club, a weekly online discussion about books and reading.

GP Paula Kaczmarek is haunted by the shocking murder of her close friend Stacey and her children by Stacey’s estranged husband in Paula’s home where she sought refuge. When a woman comes to her with injuries that could be signs of domestic violence, Paula wants to stop the violence from escalating, but what can do she do?

A riveting, provocative novel about women’s fury, traumatic grief, new love, deep friendship, and the preciousness of life, The Family Doctor asks the questions: Should you cling to faith in a flawed system, or take control the only way you can? Can a good person justify taking a life to save a life?


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