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Literary Lunch

Tuesday, 31 July 201812:00
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In July Literary Lunch will be reading Joe Cinque's Consolation by Helen Garner.  In October 1997, a clever young law student at ANU made a bizarre plan to murder her devoted boyfriend after a dinner party at their house.  Some of the dinner guests - most of them university students - had heard rumours of the plan.  Nobody warned Joe Cinque.  He died one Sunday in his own bed, of a massive dose of rohypnol and heroin.  His girlfriend and her best friend were charged with murder.  

Helen Garner followed the trials in the ACT Supreme Court.  Compassionate but unflinching, this is a book about how and why Joe Cinque died.  It probes the gap between ethics and law; examines the helplessness of the courts in the face of what we think of as 'evil'; and explores conscience, culpability and the battered ideal of duty of care.  

Please RSVP to Kay if you'd like to join us!