Better Read Than Dead presents
Fake - Stephanie Wood in conversation with Benjamin Law
We're thrilled to host Stephanie Wood discussing her jaw-dropping memoir 'Fake' with Benjamin Law. In this brilliantly acute and broad-ranging book, Wood has written a riveting, important account of contemporary love, and the resilience of those who have witnessed its darkest sides.
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About The Book
Fake is a powerful, richly layered investigative story for our times, drawing on the personal stories of Stephanie and other women who have been drawn into relationships based on duplicity and false hope.
Women the world over are brought up to hope, even expect, to find the man of their dreams and live happily ever after. When Stephanie Wood meets a former architect turned farmer she embarks on an exhilarating romance with him. He seems compassionate, loving, truthful. They talk about the future. She falls in love. She also becomes increasingly beset by anxiety at his frequent cancellations, no-shows and bizarre excuses. She starts to wonder, who is this man?
When she ends the relationship Stephanie reboots her journalism skills and embarks on a romantic investigation. She discovers a story of mind-boggling duplicity and manipulation. She learns that the man she thought she was in love with doesn't exist. She also finds she is not alone; that the world is full of smart people who have suffered at the hands of liars, cheats, narcissists, fantasists and phonies, people enormously skilled in the art of deception.
"Fake is a breathtakingly honest and beautifully written account of the emotional wreckage caused by fraudsters of the heart. I found myself cheering for Stephanie as she majestically wields her literary scalpel to dissect and expose a manipulative, narcissistic conman. This is an exquisitely written piece of work in which the author bravely bares her soul." - Kate McClymont.
About the Author
Stephanie Wood is an award-winning long-form features writer, known for her rare ability to tell substantial, compelling stories across a range of subjects. She is a former senior staff writer at The Sydney Morning Herald's Good Weekend magazine .
A Note on the Venue:
This event will be held in The Vanguard (previously known as Leadbelly), which is a strictly adults only venue.