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Rare Opportunity to Enjoy Literary Lunch at Luxurious Club

In a rare opportunity, the historic Royal Automobile Club of Australia, adjacent to Circular Quay Sydney is inviting non-members to join their next literary luncheon. I’m delighted to return as their guest speaker after a delicious meal and lively Q/A when I spoke there last year about Nelson’ Folly. They have kindly invited me to return this year to share the story behind my latest novel, Nelson’s Lost Son, which is set amidst the beauty and horrors of the ‘Sugar Islands’ in the early 1800s.

Image: Oliver's was the guest speaker at the 2022 RACA August Literary Luncheon - he's been invited back with fresh stories from his latest novel.


Literary Luncheon – Monday August 28, 12 to 2pm

At: Royal Automobile Club of Australia

89 Macquarie Street Sydney NSW 2000 Australia

Enjoy sparkling wine on arrival, canapes, lunch with matching wines and dessert for $70.

RSVP by Monday August 21

Bookings: Please email and cc both and Please include: if you have any dietary requirements and your phone number so they can call you for credit card payment or advise if you prefer to pay cash on the day.

The cc’s are so Emeritus President of the RACA Megan Lavender and I both know you are one of my special guests.

Questions: RACA Event co-ordinator Amelia Armistead 02 8273 2322

The Event

Historical fiction carefully based on fact, Nelson’s Lost Son is much more than a story of the fractured relationship between Lord Nelson and his stepson Josiah, my ancestor. It is a naval adventure and a coming of age story also featuring covert missions, the Caribbean campaign’s "Great Chase" and ending with the triumph and tragedy of the famous battle of Trafalgar.

Nelson’s Lost Son stands well alone, but is the second in my series vividly recreating the glorious days of the British Navy with its personal and political intrigues and scandals. My PhD in history, fascination with psychology and a love of sailing provide extra depth to my novels and I have been delighted with many glowing reviews.

During my presentation, I also plan to include insights into the novel’s exotic locations (which I enjoyed personally researching!), the true story behind the wide-range of characters and the challenges of an author writing about the issues of that time which still resonate today. Based on last year’s luncheon, a lively Q/A is likely to result.

Please join me if you can!

Image: The entrance of the Royal Automobile Club of Australia, 89 Macquarie Street, opposite the Royal Botanic Gardens and within a short walk to the Sydney Opera House.

The Automobile Club of Australia was officially formed in 1903 to “foster motoring and assist motorists”. Find out more at:

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