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Manly Library
1 Market Pl
Manly, NSW 2095


Join screenwriter and author Margaret Morgan as she discusses her provocative science fiction novel The Second Cure. Born from a scientific ‘what if’ moment The Second Cure questions whether we, as a species, ever truly possess free will.

There are some parasites that do far more than merely take up residence in their host. Insinuating themselves into the brain, these parasites hijack the hosts’ minds as well as their bodies. In 2013 Margaret Morgan was studying parasitology, which sparked the questions for her debut novel – what would happen if humans were the primary host for such a parasite? How would this change our brain function?

As a pandemic races across the globe four women – a scientist, a journalist, a minister’s widow and a zealot – grapple with the destruction of their beliefs and their self-control. Dark, thrilling and compulsively readable, The Second Cure is a provocative debut novel about control, courage and belief.

After practising in criminal law, Margaret Morgan became a professional writer, screenwriter and script editor in television for many well-regarded Australian drama series (including Water Rats, A Country Practice and GP).

Margaret recently completed a bachelor’s degree in Advanced Science in Biology at Macquarie University, where she focused on plant science, genetics and parasitology. While studying, she won a prize for popular science writing in an international competition judged by Professor Richard Dawkins. The Second Cure is her debut novel.

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