24th - 26th August 2018
Power, Politics, Passion

Jack Heath

Jack Heath is the internationally bestselling author of The Cut Out and many other action-packed thrillers for young people. In the course of his research he has trained with firearms, performed street magic, visited morgues and prisons, and travelled through Russia. He was shortlisted for Young Australian Of The Year, the Aurealis Sci-Fi Book Of The Year and several other awards. When he's not touring schools, libraries and festivals around the world he lives in Canberra with his wife and their son.


Canberra Writers Festival events

Book Launch: 500 Minutes of Danger

Saturday 26th August 2017, 11:00am.
Kings Hall, Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.
Tickets: free, bookings required for capacity.


ActewAGL presents:
Jack Heath: Live!

The Fail Safe is the sequel to the best-selling and multi-award-nominated thriller for kids aged 10 and over, The Cut Out.

The Fail Safe features spies, the threat of nuclear war and renegade ex-operatives in a heady tale starring Fero Dremovich, who has one goal – to escape from Kamau – and is running out of time to pick a side...

Saturday 26th August 2017, 2:30pm. Conference Room, Level 4, National Library of Australia.
Tickets: free, but bookings required for capacity.


Canberra's Big Book Club

Sunday 27th August 2017, 1:00pm. Members Dining Room 2, Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.
Tickets: free, but bookings required for capacity.


About the book

Fero knelt down. As he put his hands up he turned his head to look at the man pointing the gun. It was Wilt. Fero tried to look shocked. 'Dad? What are you doing here?'

Everyone seems to know who Fero is - except Fero. Is he a ruthless boy soldier from Besmar, or an innocent teen recruit from Kamau? 

He's running out of time to decide. If he doesn't help a renegade spy steal a politician's briefcase, his two countries could end up in a full blown nuclear war - the kind that no one wins.

The Fail Safe is published by Allen & Unwin.

Buy the book from the festival's bookshop partner Dymocks.


More reading

Jack's official website.



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