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‘Nothing to cry about’ – Joan Atherton Hooper

Wednesday, 14 November 2018.

‘Nothing to cry about’, an unflinching memoir, begins with author Joan Atherton Hooper discovering a photo of the young man who, in 1939, murdered her father.

Alfred Atherton was 35 when his wife’s secret lover shot him dead in Ferntree Gully in Melbourne’s outer east. This much Joan knows from the newspaper archives she has read. But the circumstances around the murder are contested and Joan always had her own questions. And the biggest question of all – was the killer acting alone, or was her mother behind the murder as part of a bid for freedom from her husband?

From growing up in Colac as a ward of the state and living in an orphanage from the age of two, to a deserted wife in Melbourne’s Eastern suburbs with daughters struggling with drug, alcohol and mental health issues, Joan has an astonishing sense of humour and an iron-clad will to ‘rise above her station’ and turn her life into a success.

“This is no ordinary story. Nor is it a larger-than-life story. It is a story of extraordinary resilience, humanity – and against all the odds – both innocence and a capacity for laughter. It should be read by everyone who thinks they are a hard luck story and everyone else to remind them how lucky they are.” – Dr Paul Monk

To learn more about Joan and her search for the truth, join us for an author talk at the Swan Hill Library.

Book signing will be available after the talk, with books on sale for $30 each (cash only).

When: Wednesday, 14 November 2018
Time: 7.00pm
Where: Swan Hill Regional Library
Bookings:  For more information or to book, contact the library on 5036 2480.
Cost: FREE!
This post has been syndicated from the Swan Hill Rural City Council website and was correct at the time of posting. Read the original post here: ‘Nothing to cry about’ – Joan Atherton Hooper

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