Friday, 20 March 2009

Boy on Wire Launch

The Centre for Ethics at Christ Church Grammar School (CCGS) hosted the launch of Boy on a Wire by former “old boy” Jon Doust last night.

Around 200 people attended including ex CCGS students, politicians, friends and family.

Speaking on behalf of Fremantle Press Georgia Richter said Jon’s manuscript was one of the most wonderful she had ever worked on and the only one from the Press that had reduced her to tears – in a good way!

Frank Sheehan, chaplain at Christ Church Grammar School, read an excerpt from the book; a semi-autobiographical account of life in a boarding school during the 1960s.

When launching Boy on a Wire author and playwright Reg Cribb spoke warmly of Doust’s sensitive and humorous take on this ‘growing up’ story.

Jon Doust thanked all the friends and colleagues who had read early drafts of the manuscript.

“I couldn’t have written this book if I hadn’t already made peace with those experiences,” said Doust.

The evening ended with a moving rendition of Leonard Cohen’s Bird on a Wire by musician Xave Brown.

Fremantle Press would like to thank Teresa Scott and Frank Sheehan of Christ Church Grammar School, the Lane Bookstore, author Chris Pash as well as all the speakers and performers who participated.

Photographs of the evening will be available soon.

Click here for more information about Boy on a Wire

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