'The wife's gone, the kids are dead': The Literature of Inquests
Author and journalist Gideon Haigh is known to many for his award-winning biographies and cricket reportage that span more than 40 books, but for some 20 years he has quietly pursued a curious literary side interest: reading the records of inquests held to determine the cause of death in sudden or suspicious circumstances. Hear from Haigh as he describes the history, mystery and literature of inquests, why they are sometimes more powerful than fiction, and why they can reveal as much about the way a person lived as how they died.
This Melbourne Writers Festival talk was originally scheduled as a live event, but due to the ongoing COVID restrictions, it has been rescheduled as a webinar. Tickets are free (simply register below), but if you'd like to show your support for Melbourne Writers Festival you can donate at https://mwf.com.au/donate.
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