Meet Author Amanda Hampson at Singleton

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, News, Singleton LGA ~ by Press on  14 May 2019

Author Amanda Hampson focuses on ageing and expectations in author talk at Singleton Library.

After penning her latest novel about three friends about to turn 60, best-selling author Amanda Hampson is coming to Singleton Library on Friday 24 May to give an insight into her work as well as the challenges and joys of writing.

Sixty Summers is the latest work by the author of The Olive Sisters, Two for the Road, The French Perfumer and The Yellow Villa, focusing on three friends about to turn 60 and their reflection on their lives.

Based on the Northern Beaches, New Zealand-born Amanda came to Australia via London with a life-long yearning to write a novel. She was in her 40s juggling work and two small children when she eventually achieved her goal.

Mark Wiblen, Singleton Council’s Manager Corporate and Community said this was an author talk with a difference, because Amanda brought a strong message about fulfilling your ambitions.

It is also a key theme in her new book.

Amanda Hampstead’s life was busy and full of distractions, but it had become clear to her that she was running out of time. If she didn’t write the novel she wanted to write, she would be truly disappointed in herself,” he said.

That’s how The Olive Sisters came to be, and Amanda is now an accomplished writer.

Sixty Summers is very similar, focusing on ageing and later-in-life reinventions as three friends – all about to turn 60 – begin to feel that time is running out to fulfil their own expectations.

They set off on a journey that will see them rediscover far-flung corners of the world, test their friendship, challenge their beliefs and redefine the third age of their lives.

It’s a wonderful privilege for us to host Amanda at the Library to discuss her new novel, as well as her writing, the journey to becoming an author and her time growing up on a New Zealand dairy farm and living in London.”

Amanda Hampson will be at Singleton Library on Friday 24 May from 5.30pm to 7pm. Wine and cheese will be provided courtesy of Catherine Vale Wines and books will be available for sale and signing.

Bookings are essential. To reserve your place, contact Singleton Library on 02 6578 7500.

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