Mt Buller News

Book launch success at the Delatite Hotel

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GABRIEL Bergmoser held a home-town launch of his latest book ‘The True Colour of a Little White Lie’ at the Delatite Hotel, on Thursday evening.

There was a strong turnout of over 45 people, keen to listen to the author and secure an autographe­d copy of the novel.

“After having to postpone the event due to restrictio­ns, it was great to actually be able to put on the event,” said Gabriel.

The story is ostensibly set in Mansfield and on Mt Buller, however, under a fictional guise, and is aimed at the young adult market.

“Of all my books, True Colour is the most Mansfield book I’ve ever written, and it’s great to share the book with the local community,” said Gabriel.

“It’s about a kid who grows up in a small town and his parents take over a ski lodge at a nearby mountain resort and he gets to re-invent himself.

“I really lifted a lot from my own experience of growing up in Mansfield and going up the mountain regularly during winter to ski, and I’ve taken quite a few of my own embarrassi­ng personal anecdotes and filtered them into the story in a somewhat fictional way.”

Gabriel spent the season living on the mountain in 2005, when his parents Kim and Christian took over managing the restaurant and bar at The Whitt.

At the time Kim and Christian were also operating the dining room at the Delatite Hotel and their restaurant at The Magnolia (which were both off-mountain) adding to what would become somewhat of a crazy winter.

“The season was cut short that year as we had a massive snow storm around the end of August, and some of the roof collapsed at The Whitt - into the restaurant - along with other damage, forcing us to close early,” said Kim Bergmoser.

Gabriel has a wealth of similar experience­s and anecdotes to draw upon in his writing, with the most recent novel told through the eyes of a teenage male protagonis­t.

The resulting book due to the personal nature of the tale, came together incredibly smoothly for Gabriel.

“It had a charmed life this book from inception to publicatio­n which is so incredibly rare, with agents and the production team alike, seeing and loving the book for what it was,” he said.

“However, my hope is that local kids will relate quite strongly to the story, and see parallels with their own experience­s of town and the mountain.”

 ??  ?? IN-STORE: With the weather a little on the bleak side, indoor activities are on the cards, with Gabriel’s novels available at Ink Bookshop.
IN-STORE: With the weather a little on the bleak side, indoor activities are on the cards, with Gabriel’s novels available at Ink Bookshop.

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