Mary-Lou to launch a sweet read at Annie’s Books

A great friend of Annie’s Books, Mary-Lou Stephens.

A great friend of Annie’s Books, Mary-Lou Stephens, is set to launch her latest sweet release on Thursday 22 February at 6pm.

A tangled web of ambition and intrigue melts into a tale as delicious and rich as chocolate in her latest release, The Chocolate Factory.

Readers will delve into love, friendship and dangerous secrets in the early years of Cadbury’s Tasmanian factory.

“Our friendship was forged when Mary-Lou worked as a presenter with ABC Sunshine Coast Radio,” Annie wrote.

“She is the author of the bestselling novel The Last of the Apple Blossom, and an hilarious memoir Sex, Drugs and Meditation. Mary-Lou has kindly interviewed many fabulous authors at our book events over the years, but this is her own time to shine!”

Mary-Lou Stephens was born in Tasmania, studied acting at The Victorian College of the Arts and played in bands in Melbourne, Hobart and Sydney. Eventually she got a proper job – in radio, where she was a presenter and music director, first with commercial radio and then with the ABC.

She received rave reviews for her memoir Sex, Drugs and Meditation (2013), the true story of how meditation changed her life, saved her job and helped her find a husband. The Australian called her debut novel, The Last of the Apple Blossom (2021), ‘an outstanding historical novel about women and the secrets and burdens they carry.’

Mary-Lou has worked and played all over Australia. Now she’s travelling the world with her husband, slowly, and writing, mostly.


WHAT: Mary-Lou Stephens – The Chocolate Factory book launch featuring an author talk with wine and cheese

WHEN: Thursday 22 February at 6pm

WHERE: On the footpath at Annie’s Books

COST: Free event

LIMITED SEATING: You’re welcome to bring a folding chair