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City of Joondalup Libraries, together with Dymocks Joondalup, present Meet the Author - Kate McCaffrey. Kate is a local WA author, her latest book, Double Lives, examines notions of truth, gender, identity and acceptance in a compelling novel about a cold case crime podcast.

Truth is like a lens we apply to everything we see, it is malleable and transformative, we can bend it, mould it, shape it, vanish it. We do this to present the versions of ourselves we want the world to see, and to hide the versions we can’t bear to reveal.

Newly returned to Western Australia, journalist Amy Rhinehart pitches a crime podcast to increase her radio station’s ratings. Her idea: to use the listeners of the show as its co-creators, with live-time calls and suggestion boards. The case: Jonah Scott, charged and imprisoned for life for the murder of his girlfriend, transgender woman Casey Williams. Jonah went to great lengths to hide the body – but when arrested, confessed immediately and pleaded guilty, negating the need for a trial. Amy believes there is something darker at the heart of this case and sets about finding the truth, investigating a world of drugs, sex, gender identity and religious cults.

Threaded through the main narrative, the podcast transcripts represent a story-within-a-story, exploring the characters of Jonah and Casey and the relationship between them, interwoven with Amy’s investigation into the cult run by Jonah’s family and its potential involvement in Casey’s murder.

About the author:

Kate works in several different genres from contemporary women’s fiction to historical and Middle Grade readers. She lives on the northern beaches of Perth with her husband, daughters, two Maltese Shih-Tzus and a cat called Not-Ruby. Kate has published five Young Adult novels and is currently touring schools, presenting workshops in Creative Writing, specifically for the Year 12 ATAR exam.

Kate’s book will be available for purchase and signing on the night.

Cost $5.00. Book and pay online.

For further information call 9400 4751.

The presentation will run for approximately one hour, and refreshments are provided.

Location

Whitford Public Library
15 Banks Avenue
Hillarys WA 6025
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