Our First Thursday Book Club meets at 7:30 pm on the first Thursday of every month to discuss the latest literary prizewinner. All are welcome and no RSVP is necessary. Download the program here, or see below for upcoming meetings.
April 5th 2018: Blood – Tony Birch (Winner of the Patrick White Award 2018)
Jesse has sworn to protect his sister, Rachel, no matter what. It’s a promise that cannot be broken. A promise made in blood. But, when it comes down to life or death, how can he find the courage to keep it?
The book is set on the back roads of Victoria and in cigarette stained hotels. No one’s looking out for the brother and sister duo Jesse and Rachel. Their mother, Gwen, is angry, unstable and self-absorbed and her boyfriends usually bring home trouble. And in this novel trouble’s name is Ray Crow. Blood is a novel suffused with the primal bonds of family, and heart-beating suspense.
May 3rd 2018: The Last Days of Ava Langdon – Mark O’Flynn (Winner of the Voss Prize 2018)
Ava Langdon is often not herself. Having fled her early life in New Zealand and endured the loss of her children, she now lives as a recluse in the Blue Mountains. Regarded by locals as a colourful eccentric, she dresses in men’s clothes and fearlessly pursues her artistic path.
All that matters to Ava is her writing. Words offer beauty and a sense of possibility when so much else has been lost. But can they offer her redemption in her last days?
Poetic, poignant, and at times bitingly funny, The Last Days of Ava Langdon takes us into the mind of a true maverick.
June 7th 2018: Their Brilliant Careers – Ryan O’Neill (Winner of the Prime Minister’s Literary Award 2017)
Absurd, original and highly addictive . . .
In Their Brilliant Careers, Ryan O’Neill has written a hilarious novel in the guise of sixteen biographies of (invented) Australian writers. Meet Rachel Deverall, who discovered the secret source of the great literature of our time – and paid a terrible price for her discovery. Meet Rand Washington, hugely popular sci-fi author (of Whiteman of Cor) and inveterate racist. Meet Addison Tiller, master of the bush yarn, “The Chekhov of Coolabah”, who never travelled outside Sydney.
Their Brilliant Careers is a playful set of stories, linked in many ways, which together form a memorable whole. A wonderful comic tapestry of the writing life, this unpredictable and intriguing work takes Australian writing in a whole new direction . . .