Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko book cover

Texta book club

Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko

Shortlisted for the 2019 Stella Prize and to coincide with the exhibition Exchange value at QUT Art Museum, we will be discussing Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko.

Wise-cracking Kerry Salter has spent a lifetime avoiding two things – her hometown and prison. But now her Pop is dying and she's an inch away from the lockup, so she heads south on a stolen Harley.

Kerry plans to spend twenty-four hours, tops, over the border. She quickly discovers, though, that Bundjalung country has a funny way of grabbing on to people. Old family wounds open as the Salters fight to stop the development of their beloved river. And the unexpected arrival on the scene of a good-looking dugai fella intent on loving her up only adds more trouble – but then trouble is Kerry's middle name.

Gritty and darkly hilarious, Too Much Lip offers redemption and forgiveness where neither seems possible.

The evening commences with a brief tour of the current exhibition, followed by a glass of wine and generous amounts of conversation about the title of choice.

Texta is held through the year on Tuesday evenings from 6:15pm. Purchase this title from the QUT Bookshop or QUT Art Museum.

Tuesday 18 June, 6:15pm
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (2014), QUT Art Museum

Tuesday 3 September, 6:15pm
Planetfall by Emma Newman (2015), QUT Art Museum

Tuesday 12 November, 6:15pm
Boy swallows universe by Trent Dalton (2018), QUT Art Museum


black and white photo of 2 tough young english lads

Exchange Value

16 February – 28 April 2019

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