Book Club

Book Club: The Last Painting of Sara De Vos

Jun 26, 2017

Book Club: The Last Painting of Sara De Vos

By Dominic Smith The Last Painting of Sara de Vos is the fourth novel by Dominic Smith, an Australian living in Texas. The plot is so rich that the description of it could sound too dense, but Smith weaves his tale with a light touch. The book centres on the influence of a painting on three people across centuries: mid-17th century Amsterdam, the time of the Dutch masters; New York in the 1950s; and Sydney at the turn of this century.

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Book Club: The Trombone Man

Mar 27, 2017

Book Club: The Trombone Man

Meet the author, Ron Jontof-Hutter, as he discusses his latest book, The Trombone Man: Tales of a Misogynist. Ron Jontof-Hutter is based in Melbourne and Berlin where he is also a Fellow of the Berlin International Center for the Study of Antisemitism. For a book review click here.

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Book Club: My Brilliant Friend

Feb 27, 2017

Book Club: My Brilliant Friend

By Elena Ferrante A New York Times Bestseller! The Neapolitan Novels (Book 1) is a modern masterpiece from one of Italy’s most acclaimed authors. Set against the backdrop of a Naples that is as seductive as it is perilous and a world undergoing epochal change, this story of a lifelong friendship is told with unmatched honesty. Lila and Elena clash, drift apart, reconcile, and clash again, in the process revealing new facets of their friendship. With My Brilliant Friend Ferrante begins the rich, intense, and generous-hearted portrait of two friends, Elena and Lila. Through their lives, she tells the story of a neighborhood, a city, and a country undergoing momentous...

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Book Club: The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem

Nov 28, 2016

Book Club: The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem

The #1 International Best Seller, The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem is a dazzling novel of mothers and daughters, stories told and untold, and the ties that bind four generations of women…

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Book Club: The Boy That Never Was

Oct 31, 2016

Book Club: The Boy That Never Was

‘The Boy That Never Was is that powerful thing, a beautifully written mystery driven by its exploration of the characters’ innermost hearts’ – Tana French…

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Book Club: The Golden Age

Sep 26, 2016

Book Club: The Golden Age

by Joan London This is a story of resilience, the irrepressible, enduring nature of love, and the fragility of life. From one of Australia’s most loved novelists. He felt like a pirate landing on an island of little maimed animals. A great wave had swept them up and dumped them here. All of them, like him, stranded, wanting to go home. It is 1954 and thirteen-year-old Frank Gold, refugee from wartime Hungary, is learning to walk again after contracting polio in Australia. At the Golden Age Children’s Polio Convalescent Hospital in Perth, he sees Elsa, a fellow-patient, and they form a forbidden, passionate bond. The Golden Age becomes the little world that reflects the larger one, where everything occurs, love and desire, music, death, and poetry. Where children must learn that they are alone, even within their families. Written in Joan London’s customary clear-eyed prose, The Golden Age evokes a time past and a yearning for deep connection. It is a rare and precious gem of a book from one of Australia’s finest...

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