23cm x 15cm
Hardie Grant Books
30 March 2022
Brisbane Square Library 266 George Street Brisbane City, QLD 4000 | 7 Jun 2022 06:00 PM
Tues 7 June 2022
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (UTC+11)
Brisbane Square Library, 266 George Street, Brisbane City, QLD 4000
This is a free event, but bookings are essential. Reserve your place here.
In Apollo and Thelma, broadcaster and lawyer Jon Faine shares a yarn that has enthralled him for forty years, taking him from Melbourne’s depression-era slums to the isolation of the outback.
Apollo and Thelma have been a constant in Jon Faine’s life for decades. As a young lawyer, he was captivated by his favourite client, the Mighty Apollo, a legendary strongman and circus star, famous for pulling trams with his teeth and having an elephant stand on him. Apollo’s sister, Thelma, on the other hand, ruthless and rugged, had survived decades running solo one of the most remote pubs in the outback until unexpectedly dying, leaving behind a complicated estate.
Befriending Apollo and immersing himself in Thelma’s estate, Jon is forced to untangle a long line of astonishing stories and episodes in our distant and recent history that keep intersecting with his own. Via the circuitous route of these two larger-than-life characters – alongside a supporting cast of characters from the world of politics, law, literature and media – Jon reflects on their stories and is inevitably forced to rethink his own.
Books will be available for purchase on the day from Dymocks Brisbane or bring your copy from home to be signed.
Presented as part of the Lord Mayor's Writers in Residence series.