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About The Event

The Royal Oak Balmain - 36 College St
Balmain, NSW 2041 Australia
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

‘A glorious account of how the little things of life are, of course, the big things’ – Richard Glover

‘Every failed domestic goddess will rock with laughter.’ – Shona Martyn

‘Chuck out all your self-help guides to gratitude, mindfulness and finding meaning. This book is all you need.’ – Charlotte Wood

Award-winning feature writer and former long-time editor of Good Weekend Fenella Souter has written a book of funny true stories about life’s everyday dramas. On Tuesday 20 April at the Royal Oak Balmain, she’ll be in conversation about her book How to Fake Being Tidy with one of Australia’s most original authors, Charlotte Wood (The Natural Way of Things). All tickets are free – but due to limited capacity, they will be awarded on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Ticket-winners will be notified by Friday April 16.

To register for up to 2 x tickets, either
a) fill out this linked form
b) email, OR
c) contact the store on (02) 9810 5613

If you do not receive confirmation that you are a ticket-winner before Friday April 16, please assume that you have been unsuccessful in securing a seat. If you have any questions, email

The event will also be simultaneously live-streamed for free via the Roaring Stories Facebook page, where it will appear on the home page as a post at the scheduled start time of 7.00pm.

It will also be made available after the event as a recording, accessible via the Roaring Stories YouTube channel.


Funny true stories about the everyday dramas that can make or break friendships, cooking, housekeeping and the domestic chaos that always threatens to get the upper hand, written in the tradition of Nora Ephron.

In these funny, sometimes poignant, stories, award-winning feature writer Fenella Souter celebrates the highs and lows of domestic life – from her attempts to run the house like a grown-up, to lessons in good cooking; from accidentally killing her wisteria, divorcing the cat and shirt-fronting bossy tradies, to wondering if the ‘hostess gift’ is still a thing or why some people have impeccable taste.

‘A glorious account of how the little things of life are, of course, the big things.’ – Richard Glover

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Fenella Souter is an award-winning feature writer and former long-time editor of Good Weekend in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. Over the years, her work has appeared in many magazines and newspapers. More recently, she has also worked as a radio producer, co-producing several documentary series for ABC Radio. Her domestic alter-ego sometimes writes under the pen-name of Dusty Miller. She lives with her partner in Sydney.

Charlotte Wood is the author of six novels and two books of non-fiction. Her latest novel is the international bestseller The Weekend, which was the ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year 2020, and shortlisted for the Stella Prize, the the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction and the ALS Gold Medal. Her previous novel, The Natural Way of Things, won the 2016 Stella Prize, the Indie Book of the Year and was joint winner of the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Fiction. In October 2021 she will publish The Luminous Solution – a non-fiction exploration of creativity, resilience and the inner life.

This event is presented by Roaring Stories Bookshop Balmain with Allen & Unwin.
With thanks to our venue partner The Royal Oak Balmain


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