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Books & Bubbles Zoom Event with Ruth McIver
Hachette Australia is delighted to invite you to Books & Bubbles, an exclusive series of virtual events with Australia's favourite authors.

Join That's Life Magazine Editor Linda Smith for an exclusive virtual event with Ruth McIver to discuss her unforgettable story of murder, trauma and childhoods lost, I Shot The Devil. Ruth is the winner of the 2018 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers and this is her debut novel.

We welcome you all to connect from our home to yours. BYO beverage and participation is free.


Erin Sloane was sixteen when high school senior Andre Villiers was murdered by his friends. They were her friends, too, led by the intense, charismatic Ricky Hell. Five people went into West Cypress Woods the night Andre was murdered. Only three came out.

Ativan, alcohol and distance had dimmed Erin's memories of that time. But nearly twenty years later, an ageing father will bring her home. Now a journalist, she is asked to write a story about the Southport Three and the thrill-kill murder that electrified the country. Erin's investigation propels her closer and closer to a terrifying truth. And closer and closer to danger.

Oct 6, 2021 06:30 PM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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Ruth McIver
Ruth McIver recently completed her PhD in the field of true crime inspired fiction with Curtin University. Her first novel, Nothing Gold, was runner up in the inaugural Banjo Prize (2018) and was one of seven novels selected to be pitched at Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival (2014). Ruth's novel-in-verse, The Sunset Club (2014), is a DIY publication that was highly commended in the Anne Elder category by the FAW (Fellowship of Australian Writers). I Shot the Devil won the 2018 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers.
Linda Smith
Editor @That's Life
Linda has been the editor of Australia’s biggest selling and most-loved real life magazine, that’s life!, for 18 years. So it’s safe to say she loves a good story! She came to that’s life! after four years as executive editor on marie claire, and prior to this worked mostly on newspapers as a reporter, writer and manager. Linda also spent seven years as a London correspondent, where she specialised in the royals and film stars, and was also lucky enough to interview some of the UK’s leading authors.