Writer Susan Varga’s, Heddy and Me, won international acclaim for its portrayal of Heddy, a character based on the author’s mother, whose flight from the Nazis in World War II led her to Australia with her two daughters. In her latest book, Headlong, Varga continues the exploration of her mother’s life and death through the lens of fiction. At The Sydney Institute on Tuesday 6 October 2009, using excerpts from her work, Susan Varga reflected on the poignant and vital themes of her book – suicide, old age and family.

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