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Kim Kelly launches The Rat Catcher

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Kim Kelly launches The Rat Catcher

Tue 7 June at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Free

Join local author Kim Kelly when she launches The Rat Catcher A Love Story at Blayney Library

In the sweltering summer of 1900, young wharf labourer Patrick O’Reilly is down on his luck in the slums of Sydney and homesick for Tralee. When a deadly outbreak of plague descends on the city, O’Reilly’s daydreaming mind is miles away – in the golden hair and kindly, confident air of a girl called Rosie Hughes.

Just as he’s wondering why any girl would want a no-hoper like him, opportunity knocks with the offer of a job as a rat catcher working for the city’s Plague Department, containing the spread of disease. But the job will bring him a lot more than a pay rise and a swift education on traps and poisons.

In the Public Lending Library, on the top floor of the Queen Victoria Building, above the bustling centre of Sydney, he comes face-to-face with a legendary rat called Old Scratch who will change the way he understands himself and the world forever.

Drawn from Kim Kelly’s own trove of Irish-Australian family lore, The Rat Catcher: A Love Story is a mischievous, fast-paced fable told with her trademark compassion, a sharp eye on the epic in the ordinary, and an irrepressible love for life, in all its marvellous forms.

Praise for The Rat Catcher: A Love Story:

‘Kelly’s elegant storytelling is full of wit and wisdom’ – Wendy James

‘told with sparkling humour reminiscent of Peter Carey’ – Alison Booth

‘a delightful and heart-warming tale’ – Mary-Lou Stephen

Other

Local government area
Blayney, Millthorpe, carcoar and villages
Artforms
Literature
Source
Hunted down by Arts OutWest staff

Venue

Blayney Library
48 Adelaide Street
Blayney, NSW 2799 Australia
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Phone:
02 6368 2581
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