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Debut author and former local Jeremy Lachlan is set to return to his hometown for a free event at Griffith City Library on Wednesday 22 August, 2018.

Jeremy will celebrate the launch of his adventure story Jane Doe and the Cradle of All Worlds from 6pm to 7.30pm, with the event featuring a Q&A with the author, hosted by his long-time friend and fellow author, Brooke Davis (Lost & Found, 2014).

Jeremy, son of Robyn and the late Cedric Hoare, who was a former Griffith City Councillor, grew up in Griffith before moving to attend university, travelling the world and eventually settling in Sydney. 

Griffith City Library Manager, Karen Tagliapietra, is delighted to have the former local back in town to share his new book.

“It’s really exciting for us to have Jeremy home to launch his book,” said Ms Tagliapietra. “Accompanying Jeremy will be critically acclaimed adult fiction author, Brooke Davis. Brooke’s debut novel, Lost and Found, saw her win two Australian Book Industry Awards in 2015: General Fiction Book of the Year and the Matt Richell New Writer of the Year. It’s an honour to host two high caliber authors at this event.”

Jane Doe and the Cradle of All Worlds is the first in an epic four-book series for readers 11 years + and follows a feisty teenager as she plunges into a deadly labyrinth between worlds to try to rescue her dad before an ‘exquisitely vile’ villain gets to him first. 

Award-winning Italian illustrator Iacopo Bruno was commissioned to produce the stunning cover art for Jane Doe and the Cradle of All Worlds, which will be published in Australia in both paperback and a limited edition, collectable hardback format. 

Now Jeremy is set to be the name on everyone’s lips, with nine language rights deals and audio rights secured for his debut novel before publication, including the US, UK, Germany, Spain, Italy and Brazil. 

The idea for Jane Doe and the Cradle of All Worlds was born when Jeremy found himself lost and wandering around the Cairo museum during his travels.

“I started plotting right away. I wanted to make The Cradle of All Worlds as big, bold and fun as I possibly could, like the epic stories I’ve always been obsessed with,” said Jeremy.

Still a Griffith boy at heart, Jeremy’s fond childhood memories of clambering over Scenic Hill, crafting elaborate adventures around the family home and garden, and re-enacting action movie scenes with his friends at school, have clearly influenced the creation of his very own adventure story. 

When Jeremy’s father fell terminally ill, Jeremy began caring for him and was moved to write of the relationship between father and child in his story, exploring how deep that bond is when faced with unimaginable challenges.

“I started writing this story while caring for my dad. It was with me while I was grieving for him. It was with me when I came out. It has been my constant companion, in a way, through all the ups and downs over the past ten years of my life,” said Jeremy

Jane Doe and the Cradle of All Worlds by Jeremy Lachlan, publishes Australia-wide on Wednesday 1 August through Hardie Grant Egmont in paperback and hardback formats.

For further information about Jane Doe and the Cradle of All Worlds or Jeremy Lachlan, please contact Haylee Collins – Digital Marketing Manager, Hardie Grant Egmont

Drawing comparisons to ‘big bad blockbusters’ such as Derek Landy’s Skulduggery Pleasant and Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials, Hardie Grant Egmont won world rights last year in a stunning six-figure deal, following a hotly contested auction.