Libraries’ latest author event

Published on 23 October 2020


MidCoast Council’s Libraries team is excited to be welcoming Kate Mildenhall for another fantastic Zoom author talk.

Kate is an author, teacher and podcaster, and she’s joining the local audience this Monday 26 October from 6pm to 7pm to chat about her latest release The Mother Fault.

Local thriller enthusiasts will not want to miss this event, with The Mother Fault being compared to Margaret Atwood’s Gilead.

Exploring dystopic themes the book’s focus is on Mim and missing husband, Ben.

No one knows where Ben is, but everyone wants to find him – especially The Department.

And they should know, the all-seeing government body has fitted the entire population with a universal tracking chip to keep them ‘safe’.

But suddenly Ben can’t be tracked and Mim is questioned, made to surrender her passport and threatened with the unthinkable – her two children being taken into care at the notorious BestLife.

Cornered, Mim risks everything to go on the run to find her husband – and a part of herself, long gone, that is brave enough to tackle the journey ahead.

From the stark backroads of the Australian outback to a terrifying sea voyage, Mim is forced to shuck off who she was – mother, daughter, wife, sister – and become the woman she needs to be to save her family and herself.

“We’re delighted to have Kate join us and share her story, her inspiration for this novel, writing process and character development, among other things,” explained Chris Jones, MidCoast Council Libraries Manager.

“We’ve got plenty of local thriller, dystopic and science fiction fans, but as always these author talks are great for all book lovers.”

Kate’s debut novel, Skylarking, was named in Readings Top Ten Fiction Books of 2016 and longlisted for Best Debut Fiction in The Indie Book Awards 2017 and the 2017 Voss Literary Prize.

Kate teaches creative writing to young writers and co-hosts The First Time, a podcast about the first time you publish a book.

The Mother Fault is her second novel.

Kate lives with her partner and two daughters in Hurstbridge, Victoria.

This free event will take place on Zoom and bookings are essential. A link will be sent to ticket-holders on the day of the event.

For more information and for bookings, head to