Heather Wallis
Heather Wallis



Book Event

Ballarat’s May 2021 Girly Book Club

May 25th at 7:30 PM at Freight Bar & Restaurant 49 Mair St E, Ballarat Central VIC 3350

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Freight Bar & Restaurant

Ballarat’s May 2021 Girly Book Club

Book Club Starts

NOTE: Please monitor local covid restrictions. As always, we are a judgment free bookclub, life is busy and we’d still love to see you even if you didn’t finish reading the book.

Reservation under the name “Annabel”, we’ll be upstairs 🙂 – there are food options if you want to eat dinner during bookclub. Please check the latest Victorian COVID restrictions re: masks etc. prior to coming.

We know historical fiction is favorite genre for many of you and we think you’re going to drink up this month’s dual storyline novel: The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner.

A female apothecary secretly dispenses poisons to liberate women from the men who have wronged them—setting three lives across centuries on a dangerous collision course

Rule #1: The poison must never be used to harm another woman.

Rule #2: The names of the murderer and her victim must be recorded in the apothecary’s register.

One cold February evening in 1791, at the back of a dark London alley in a hidden apothecary shop, Nella awaits her newest customer. Once a respected healer, Nella now uses her knowledge for a darker purpose—selling well-disguised poisons to desperate women who would kill to be free of the men in their lives. But when her new patron turns out to be a precocious twelve-year-old named Eliza Fanning, an unexpected friendship sets in motion a string of events that jeopardizes Nella’s world and threatens to expose the many women whose names are written in her register.

In present-day London, aspiring historian Caroline Parcewell spends her tenth wedding anniversary alone, reeling from the discovery of her husband’s infidelity. When she finds an old apothecary vial near the river Thames, she can’t resist investigating, only to realize she’s found a link to the unsolved “apothecary murders” that haunted London over two centuries ago. As she deepens her search, Caroline’s life collides with Nella’s and Eliza’s in a stunning twist of fate—and not everyone will survive.

We look forward to discussing The Lost Apothecary with all of you at book club! See you there!


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