Author's work inspired by her own trove of Irish-Australian family lore

Millthorpe author Kim Kelly will be at the Cowra Library on May 6.

Millthorpe author Kim Kelly will be at the Cowra Library on May 6.

Cowra Library will be hosting local author Kim Kelly (from Millthorpe) at Cowra Library on Friday, May 6 between 6pm and 8pm.

People can book by calling Cowra Library on 6340 2180 to hear Ms Kelly discuss her bookThe Rat Catcher: A Love Story.

In the sweltering summer of 1900, young wharf labourer Patrick O'Reilly is down on his luck in the slums of Sydney and homesick for Tralee. When a deadly outbreak of plague descends on the city, O'Reilly's daydreaming mind is miles away - in the golden hair and kindly, confident air of a girl called Rosie Hughes.

Just as he's wondering why any girl would want a no-hoper like him, opportunity knocks with the offer of a job as a rat catcher working for the city's Plague Department, containing the spread of disease. But the job will bring him a lot more than a pay rise and a swift education on traps and poisons.

In the Public Lending Library, on the top floor of the Queen Victoria Building, above the bustling centre of Sydney, he comes face-to-face with a legendary rat called Old Scratch who will change the way he understands himself and the world forever.

Drawn from Kim Kelly's own trove of Irish-Australian family lore, The Rat Catcher: A Love Story is a mischievous, fast-paced fable told with her trademark compassion, a sharp eye on the epic in the ordinary, and an irrepressible love for life, in all its marvellous forms.

You can also book at eventbrite.