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WORD OF MOUTH TV

Food, books and friendship

Word of Mouth TV is the first series to combine food, books and wine. Your hosts, Kate and Sarah will be interviewing and cooking with top authors from Australia and around the world.

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Christine Wells’ quest for exquisite food moments

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Christine Wells, author of The Juliet Code, shares her obsession with dangerous women and the French Resistance with Word of Mouth TV. Set in wartime France when rations were in place, Christine hones in on the delicacies - all the items that weren't available, such as coffee - and relays the exquisite delight her characters experience when they sample their favourite rare fare. For Christine, the physical memory of a food can be one of the most powerful food experiences, which perhaps explains why she is going "retro" for her death-bed meal.

Ian Fleming’s Bond beauty Bearnaise sauce

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Iconic literary food moments
"Shaken not stirred". How many people have heard these three immortal words from Ian Fleming's James Bond novels? They speak of adventure, danger, sex, snobbery, desire, pleasure, daring, free rein, humour, fun and elitism, just to name a few. And when it comes to literary food moments, they may well top the lot in terms of sheer international recognition. Yet it is only one of the many food references that Fleming scatters through his Bond novels, a fact that has caused many reviewers to cast Commander Bond as the foodie prototype.

Christine Wells’ perfect picnic quiche

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Christine Wells' novel The Juliet Code is set in wartime France, a period when everyone was on rations and food was hard to come by. It also features a picnic. That made your standard lavish meal a tad unsuitable. So after cracking our heads we settled upon a quiche because you can make quiche out of just about any leftovers in the fridge (which is great when you are short of food), it's French, it's easy, and it's perfect for a picnic. Enjoy!

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Episode 12 – Christine Wells – The Juliet Code

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Join us as we interview Christine Wells about her spy thriller romance The Juliet Code set in World War II France. Female spies have always held an exotic fascination for readers - think Mata Hari, Australia's Nancy Wake or Marvel's fictional Black Widow. Perhaps this fascination emerges from the sharp contrast between the courage involved and the relative physical frailty and social vulnerability of women. On so many counts, the female is outmatched - except for her intelligence and wit of course. And her main ally is the fact that she is constantly underestimated.

Episode 11: Pamela Hart – The Desert Nurse

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With ANZAC Day just weeks away, this episode is an evocative reminder of the life and times of World War 1. Sydney was just a big country town, and when the news from Gallipoli returned, nearly everyone had lost someone dear. The people rallied on the streets in massive crowds to commemorate their loss, a scene repeated around Australia. The fledgling nation was united through its grief. The Desert Nurse is an adventurous romance that spans the globe and is the perfect accompaniment to ANZAC Day. Enjoy!

Episode 10: Charlotte Smith: One Enchanted Evening

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Some might argue that Charlotte Smith is one of the luckiest women on earth. Bequeathed the world's largest vintage haute couture fashion collection by her Quaker aunt, she has written a delightfully illustrated book One Enchanted Evening that celebrates some of these gorgeous dresses. In a nod to Charlotte's British heritage we served a beautiful high tea - and then went to check out the fashion. We had so much fun, we hope you do too!

MEET THE TEAM BEHIND WORD OF MOUTH TV!

Kate Forsyth

Kate Forsyth

Kate Forsyth wrote her first novel aged seven and has sold more than a million books worldwide. Her most recent book, Beauty in Thorns, is a reimagining of ‘Sleeping Beauty’, set amongst the passions and scandals of the Pre-Raphaelites.

Other novels for adults include Bitter Greens, which won the 2015 American Library Association award for Best Historical Fiction; and The Wild Girl, which was named the Most Memorable Love Story of 2013.

Kate’s books for children include the collection of fairy-tale retellings Vasilisa the Wise & Other Tales of Brave Young Women, illustrated by Lorena Carrington, and The Impossible Quest fantasy series which has been optioned for a film.

Named one of Australia’s Favourite 15 Novelists, Kate has a BA in literature, a MA in creative writing and a doctorate in fairy tale studies, and is also an accredited master storyteller with the Australian Guild of Storytellers. She is a direct descendant of Charlotte Waring Atkinson, the author of the first book for children ever published in Australia.

www.kateforsyth.com.au

Sarah Mills

Sarah Mills

Sarah Mills is an Australian tween fantasy author, writing under the pen name S.L. Mills. Her first novel GOM’s Gold, is the first in a series of seven. Sarah is a director and Treasurer of the Australian Society of Authors.

Sarah is a director and deputy chair of the Australian Society of Authors – the nation’s leading advocate for authors and book illustrators, and has previously held positions on other boards.

Prior to becoming an author, Sarah held a career in the journalism, working for decades on the country’s premier mastheads, including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sun Herald, The Australian Financial Review, and The Australian.

She is a skilled and insightful interviewer with a deep love of literature and the literary world, holding a degree in Literature and Linguistics. She also worked for many years as a public relations and media consultant to the nations leading corporations, a valuable skillset that she brings to bear in all her endeavours.

For more information, please view her LinkedIn profile.

Adrien Seignoux

Adrien Seignoux is a French videographer from Angers in the Loire Valley. Adrien worked for several years as an independent movie producer, working on short films, documentaries, TV series, advertisements, video clips and film festivals, before travelling to Australia for love.

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