Author to speak at li­brary

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

Author Kylie Ladd will speak about her re­cently pub­lished novel, The Way Back ,at Co­bram Li­brary later this month.

Kylie is a nov­el­ist, psy­chol­o­gist and free­lance writer.

She has pub­lished five nov­els and her writ­ing has been well re­ceived lo­cally as well as in New Zealand, the United States, the United King­dom and Europe.

Her lat­est re­lease has also been op­tioned for a movie by an Aus­tralian pro­duc­tion com­pany.

In The Way Back, Char­lie John­son is a 13-year-old in her first year of high school.

She loves her fam­ily, net­ball and Liam, the cute guy who sits next to her in Sci­ence — but most of all she loves horses and horse-rid­ing.

Char­lie’s par­ents have leased her a horse, Tic Tac, from the lo­cal pony club, but one day they go out for a ride in the na­tional park and only Tic Tac re­turns.

When a life has been shat­tered, how do you put the pieces back to­gether? That’s the ques­tion ex­plored in this novel.

The Way Back takes you be­yond the head­lines and ex­plores a fam­ily’s worst night­mare with com­pas­sion and in­sight.

Kylie used her train­ing as a psy­chol­o­gist to ex­plore what hap­pens when some­one at­tempts to re­turn to their nor­mal life fol­low­ing a trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘‘Psy­chol­ogy teaches you to lis­ten to peo­ple and think about hu­man be­hav­iour. It gives you a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive on the world,’’ she said.

‘‘Most movies about ab­duc­tions end with the fam­ily be­ing re­united, but as a psy­chol­o­gist I know that’s not where things end.

‘‘The book ex­plores post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der and how peo­ple re­cover psy­cho­log­i­cally. I want peo­ple to think about how trauma stays with you and how it’s not eas­ily re­solved like in the movies.’’

Kylie will be speak­ing at the Co­bram Li­brary on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 30 at 7 pm.

Book­ings are re­quired. To book, phone Co­bram Li­brary on 1300 374 765 by Oc­to­ber 27.

Shar­ing her story: Author Kylie Ladd will speak about her lat­est novel at Co­bram Li­brary later this month.

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