This is an event from the May 2016 Festival.

Code: 66  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Biography & Memoir
When celebrated head and neck surgeon Chris O’Brien died in 2009, his wife Gail's world fell apart. And the tragedies didn't stop there – less than two years later, her eldest son Adam also died from epilepsy. In This is Gail, her daughter journalist Juliette O’Brien reveals how her mother survived the grief and stepped forward to make her own mark on the world. Mother and daughter join Caroline Overington for an honest and poignant discussion about family, loss and finding a new purpose.

Thursday 19 May 2016 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Pier 2/3 Club Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay

Gail O’Brien (Australian)

Gail O’Brien is a physiotherapist and the steward of the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse. She is a renowned public speaker and a vocal advocate for compassionate and holistic cancer care. Co-written with her daughter Juliette, This is Gail is her first book.

Juliette O’Brien (Australian)

Juliette O’Brien is a law graduate, journalist, digital producer and first-time author. She gave the widely praised and moving eulogy at her father’s funeral. Her debut book is This is Gail; a story of love, loss and a life transformed.

Caroline Overington (Australian)

Caroline Overington is the Associate Editor of The Australian newspaper. She has won many awards for her journalism; she has been a foreign correspondent in LA and New York, and she has written eleven books, including this year’s psychological thriller, The One Who Got Away. Caroline lives in Sydney and Santa Monica with her family, including teenage twins, and an adored blue dog. 



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