Reading Group Notes

Perfect for book clubs, here are some of the highlights from our collection of reading group notes which provide a great starting point for stimulating discussion. Our full collection & resources can be accessed here: http://www.allenandunwin.com/readinggroups
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Set in the 1960s, The Town That Drowned evokes the awkwardness of childhood, the thrill of first love, and the importance of having a place to call home.   Award-winning writer Riel Nason's keen insights into human nature and the depth of human attachment to place make this a perfect book club read.

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The One Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared is a charming, warm and funny novel, beautifully woven with history and politics - offering lots of areas of discussion for book clubs.

The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared - Jonas Jonasson

Game by Trevor Shearston is a moving and brilliant literary novel about the last days of legendary bushranger Ben Hall.  Questions of morals, relationships, bushrangers and more!

Game by Trevor Shearston is a moving and brilliant literary novel about the last days of legendary bushranger Ben Hall. Questions of morals, relationships, bushrangers and more!

The Word Ghost is a funny, moving story about what it means to find love, lose love and discover who you are when you live in a village with no street lights and a decidedly dark side. Showing a love of literature and interspersed with poetry, the novel's themes of love, family, ghosts and growing up offers plenty for a book club to discuss.

The word ghost by Christine Paice : romance, ghosts, mystery, broken heart – this has it all

The Power of Bones by Keelen Mailman shares her life from a troubled childhood to running a cattle station, one woman's heartbreaking but uplifting story of triumph. With discussion points around family, racism, sexism, life in the Australian outback, Indigenous culture and ultimately survival this moving story will make for a fascinating discussion.

“I chose survival” says Keelen Mailman in her memoir, The Power of Bones. Powerful, painful and memorable, The Power of Bones lays bare the struggles and achievements of Aboriginal life in Australia during the late twentieth century and more recently.

Three people, struggling to come to terms with great loss after the end of the war, search for peace in a small town's library in a heartbreaking novel of love and loss and the healing power of memory and words.  This book offers discussion about love, marriage, war and death, with discussion points suggested in the reading group notes which also recommends further novels and poetry that complement this book.

The Railwayman's wife - Ashley Hay. Three people, struggling to come to terms with great loss after the end of the war, search for peace in a small town's library in a heartbre.

Happy Eva After is a wonderfully entertaining book about the nuances of the English language, with plenty to discuss around language as well as family and parenting.

"This is a wonderfully funny novel about an eccentric teacher, his wife and a mysterious woman. Harrison has written an accessible and humorous novel that will have you laughing out loud. The perfect holiday read this Christmas.

Peopled by many of the legends of the Australian outback, this is the extraordinary true story of how one ordinary woman grew up to champion Australia's outback heritage.  This memoir offers discussion points about rural life and the development of the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame.

In Stockmen's Footsteps: How a farm girl from the blacksoil plains grew up to champion Australia's outback heritage

This brave, brilliant, electrifying novel from the acclaimed author of After the Fall and Last Summer, will move you deeply and shock you to your core. Love, lust and longing have rarely wielded such power, nor family secrets triggered such devastation.  This is a book you'll want to discuss with others, and there is plenty here to debate amongst a reading group - we've got some ideas to get you started in our reading group notes.

Into My Arms by Kylie Ladd. Loved this original, heartbreaking story.

Cicada is a stunning novel of terror, love and survival in the most inhospitable country on earth. For book clubs there are plenty of discussion points about the importance of the land, clashes between Indigenous Australians and settlers, betrayal, relationships and more.

Cicada by Moira McKinnon BOOK (Paperback / softback) The images and concepts from this book keep coming back to me again and again. Indigenous connection with the land, with nature, with the spirit.

We Are All Completely Beside Oursleves is funny, clever, intimate, honest, analytical and swirling with ideas that will come back to bite you. With a fascinating look at family, friendships, animal and human rights this book is sure to be an entertaining book club choice.

Booktopia has We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014 by Karen Joy Fowler. Buy a discounted Paperback of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves online from Australia's leading online bookstore.

The Undertaking by Audrey Magee offers plentiful discussion points about the war and the Holocaust, as well as relationships, and what fiction can teach us about history.

The undertaking by Audrey McGee A Brilliant first novel about telling of the lives of a Nazi sympathising, yet ordinary Berlin family, deluded by Hitler but well-aware of the difficulties of.

Plenty to discuss in Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas: Australian identity, class & culture. Family forgiveness, support and sacrifices. A perfect read for book clubs.

After the success of The Slap, Christos Tsiolkas could be excused for feeling he had nothing more to prove. Perhaps, though, it was that unexpected good fortune that planted one of the seeds for Barracuda, surely Tsiolkas’s most personal and …

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