19 November lunch hour talk

Suzanne Leal –  The Deceptions

On this, the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camps of Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, new stories of the Holocaust continue to be told both through fiction and non-fiction.  Inspired by a true wartime betrayal, Suzanne Leal’s new novel, The Deceptions, is the story of a woman kept captive in the Jewish ghetto of Theresienstadt and the Czech soldier who becomes her prison guard.  In The Deceptions, Suzanne considers the nature of deception and betrayal and the place of truth in families whose secrets have long been guarded. Suzanne will discuss the challenges of creating fiction based on truth and the moral issues that arise when writing about the Holocaust.

Suzanne Leal is the author of novels The Deceptions, The Teacher’s Secret and Border Street. A regular presenter at literary events and festivals and book reviewer for The Australian, she is the chair of the fiction and poetry panel for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and former senior judge for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.  A lawyer experienced in child protection, criminal law and refugee law, Suzanne is a senior member of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal.  She is the online host of Thursday Book Club. Her website is www.suzanneleal.com

The Zoom link will be open at 11.30 am for catch up chats and the talk will start at 12.00 noon. Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://uni-sydney.zoom.us/j/94940379829