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Booktown on Sunday – Author talk: Robert Hillman

October 21 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Robert Hillman

The Book Shop of the Broken Hearted

2pm Sunday 21st October – The Warehouse – Clunes – Free

Join us at the Warehouse – Clunes and meet author Robert Hillman.


Tom Hope doesn’t think he’s much of a farmer, but he’s doing his best. He can’t have been much of a husband to Trudy, either, judging by her sudden departure. It’s only when she returns, pregnant to someone else, that he discovers his surprising talent as a father. So when Trudy finds Jesus and takes little Peter away with her to join the holy rollers, Tom’s heart breaks all over again.

Enter Hannah Babel, quixotic smalltown bookseller: the second Jew -and the most vivid person – Tom has ever met. He dares to believe they could make each other happy.

But it is 1968: twenty-four years since Hannah and her own little boy arrived at Auschwitz. Tom Hope is taking on a batttle with heartbreak he can barely even begin to imagine.


Robert Hillman has written a number of books including his 2004 memoir The Boy in the Green Suit, which won the National Biography Award, and Joyful, published by Text in 2014. He lives in Melbourne.


‘A novel of great spirit and tenderness.’
Carrie Tiffany

‘Robert Hillman entwines, with risk and skill, different and seemingly incompatible stories… He adds heft to the distinguished fiction of rural Australia.’

‘I found that the novel beautifully represents Hillman’s inherent understanding of Australia and its people. This is a novel of desolation, and it is ultimately a love story. Frankly for me it doesn’t get better.’
Readings Monthly

‘It is not often that a novel is both a great read and a sobering chronicle about the painful possibilities of human behaviour…Robert Hillman’s The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted is such a one.’
Sydney Morning Herald

Read this first chapter from The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted here.


October 21
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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The Warehouse Clunes
36 Fraser St
Clunes, Victoria 3370 Australia
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