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Meet Vivien Achia, the author of 'Marrying Italian', at Brunswick Library

What happens when a headstrong Australian girl meets a charming older Italian man? Vivien was brought up on a farm in country Victoria with dreams of becoming a singer, but was trapped in a disastrous early marriage.  Left alone with a sick child, she fell into the arms of an older Italian friend who had been a partisan in Italy during the latter stages of WWII. Unaware of the opposing forces of history, culture and personality in their lives, she plunged into a second marriage, determined to become a good Italian wife. 

'Marrying Italian' was shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards in 2014. The judges commented that: 'Vivien Achia deals sensitively with pervasive issues in the immigration experience as well as in Australian society. Her writing is full of compassion and generosity and driven by a genuine engagement across cultural divides'. 

Vivien will be selling copies of her book at a special price and will happily sign them for you at this event.