Event / In Conversation
In Conversation with Julia Leigh
Venue: gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe
Cost: $10/$7 conc. gleeclub welcome
Book: gleebooks - 9660 2333 or Secure Online Booking
The Gripping, Provocative New Novel By The Acclaimed Bestselling Author Of The Tall Man And The Child’s Book Of True Crime
If I gave myself up to this man he could make me whomever he wanted me to be – including no one. As his wife I’d never be allowed to unmake myself a whore. He would have no need to bother himself with my likes or dislikes, my opinions, my moods, with who I was. He could talk any way he chose, or not at all; expect me to laugh at his jokes, to listen, fascinated, to all his stories. And he could use my body, every part of it, in any way he desired
Liese Campbell has an engagement for the weekend: for a fee she will stay with Alexander Colquhoun, the well-mannered scion of a pastoral dynasty, at his property in western Victoria. Liese, an English architect in flight from the financial crisis, now works at her uncle’s real-estate business in Melbourne. Alexander has been looking for a place in the city. The luxury apartments Liese shows him have become sets for a relationship that satisfies their fantasies – and helps pay her debts. It’s a game, an erotic game. Both players understand the rules. Or so she thinks.
Across the ancient landscape they drive at dusk to his grand decaying mansion. Here, Alexander proposes marriage and Liese realises a different game has begun. The Engagement is a box of mirrors. Look at it one way and this side’s the truth, tilt it and nothing is sure. A psychological thriller for the modern age, it invites the reader to wonder at the complexity of desire, at the nature of intimacy and alienation, at just how possible it is to know another. Or even oneself.