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Library hosts best-selling author for afternoon of laughs, insight


Best-selling author Todd Alexander is heading to the Singleton Public Library this month for a feel-good afternoon of laughs and insight.

The Hunter Valley local will talk about his latest offering, Over the Hill and Up the Wall, on Thursday 10 August between 1.30pm and 3pm.

The talented writer said he was looking forward to his first visit to the library and sharing his book with the locals who it will resonate with.

“I love speaking at local libraries near my hometown because people know first-hand the places I’m referring to,” Mr Alexander explained.

“My talks are always fun.

“There’s way too much doom and gloom in the world.

“So, my aim is to have people forget all about that for an hour or so and just find the funny side to life.”

Over the Hill and Up the Wall is an affectionate and funny look at the frictions of taking a more active role in our elders’ lives.

It’s a nod to every child who has waited three hours for a parent to fasten their seatbelt, and every parent whose child assumes they can’t count to 20.

Mr Alexander’s first novel, Pictures of Us, was published in 2006 which he followed in 2015 with Tom Houghton.

In 2019, he released his bestselling memoir, Thirty Thousand Bottles of Wine and a Pig Called Helga.

It was long listed for three industry prizes for best non-fiction.

This was followed in 2021 by You’ve Got To Be Kidding: A Shedload of Wine and a Farm Full of Goats – a continuation of the thrills and spills he has had since making the tree-change to the Hunter Valley.

When he is not writing, Mr Alexander’s spare time is spent renovating houses and rescuing farm animals with his partner, Jeff.

This is a free event.

But, registrations are required at as seats remain limited.

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