The Lovers

Catherine Rey In Conversation with Allan Behm

Saturday 25 August 2018
1.00PM – 2.00PM
Liangis Theatre
National Portrait Gallery

This is the first novel written in English by this renowned French-Australian writer.  It is an arresting mystery about the disappearance of a young woman and the subsequent investigation resulting in an explosive exposé! A compelling and beautifully crafted story told from multiple perspectives. Catherine is interviewed by Allan Behm, Chairman of the Canberra Writers Festival.

Catherine Rey was born in Saintes, studied and taught French Literature in Bordeaux before leaving France for Australia in 1997. Her debut novel L’ami intime was published in 1994 by the iconic French publisher Le Temps Qu’il Fait. It received a laudatory review in Le Monde. Rey followed this with seven more works published in France, two of which have been translated into English and garnered high praise. One of these is The Spruiker’s Tale, a novel short-listed for the prestigious Renaudot and Femina Prizes in France and translated by Andrew Reimer. This baroque saga set in the Australian outback was reviewed in The Age by James Ley who said: “Rey is a flamboyant talent indeed.” The Lovers is the first English language novel by the French-Australian author.

Allan Behm is a strategic analyst and former diplomat and senior Defence official. He was chief of staff to former climate change minister Greg Combet and is currently Senior Advisor for Senator Penny Wong. He has held senior positions in the departments of Foreign Affairs, Prime Minister and Cabinet, Attorney-General's and Defence. In 2001, he set up a private consultancy business. Allan has seen government policymaking and implementation from all of these vantage points. His reflections on his experience are intelligent, acute and sometimes provocative. He is also CEO of FearLess and the chair of the Canberra Writers Festival board.