The Sydney Writers Festival comes to Gordon

Published on 7 April 2017

Liam Pieper will discuss his novel The Toymaker at Gordon Library on Monday 22 May as part of this year’s Sydney Writers Festival.

The Toymaker, published by Penguin Books, is a powerful and occasionally dark examination of how long buried secrets can ultimately destroy lives.

The novel’s protagonist is Adam Kulakov, on the right side of middle age and the owner of a prosperous toy company brightening the lives of children around the world. Adam has more money than he can ever spend, a wife and child he adores, and as many mistresses as he can reasonably hide from them.

Adam is not the only one with secrets. In 1944 Adam’s grandfather Arkady was imprisoned in Auschwitz and given an impossible choice. Now as he’s coming to end of his life, he has to keep the truth from his family, and hold back the crushing memories of his time with one of history’s greatest monsters.

As a mistake threatens to bring Adam’s world tumbling down around him, everything he and Arkady have spent a lifetime building is under threat. The Toymaker is a bold and compelling novel about the great harm we can do when we are afraid of losing what we hold dear.

Liam Pieper is a Melbourne-based author and journalist whose first book was shortlisted for the National Biography Award and the Ned Kelly Best True Crime award. He was co-recipient of the 2014 M Literary Award and winner of the 2015 Geoff Dean Short Story Prize. The Toymaker is his first novel.

Liam comes to Gordon Library courtesy of the Sydney Writers Festival, which is on between 22 and 28 May. The Author Talk with Liam Pieper will take between 6.30pm and 8.30pm on Monday 22 April; bookings are essential and can be made on the website at or by calling Gordon Library on 9424 0120.

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