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Welcome to your exclusive Book Club Members Area. Consider this place your private haven for all things books! Explore new exciting content at the beginning of each month, and throughout the month escape into the resources whenever you need reading inspiration, solace or joy.

If you are new to the club, keep an eye out for a welcome email introducing you to our team, and never hesitate to reach out to any of us. for any reason. Happy reading!!

January 2022

It's Summer which means it's that slightly strange period when we loose track of what day of the week it is, allow ourselves to have the odd afternoon nap and spend time with family and friends, take a break from the hectic pace of life and reflect on what it all really means.  Inspired by Ali, in this pause, we thout it fitting that we take the time to enjoy, reflect, learn and ponder what it is means to love. No matter your circumstance, every human soul has been touched by this, the most powerful and mysterious of animal emotions and here Trent Dalton, Australia's best-loved writer, goes out into the world and asks a simple, direct question: 'Can you please tell me a love story?'

Love Stories

'Love Stories' by Trent Dalton

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Trent  Dalton

Meeting Date: 
Thursday 27th January, 7:30pm

Trent Dalton is the author of Boy Swallows Universe (HarperCollins, 2018), a critically acclaimed national bestseller and winner of the 2019 Indie Book of the Year Award, the MUD Literary Prize, and the UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing and the People's Choice Award at the 2019 NSW Premier's Literary Awards. At the 2019 Australian Book Industry Awards, the book won a record four awards, including the prestigious Book of the Year Award. Boy Swallows Universe has been published across thirty-four English language and translation territories. His second novel, All Our Shimmering Skies, was published by HarperCollins in October 2020 and has also become a national bestseller. He's also a two-time winner of a Walkley Award for Excellence in Journalism, a four-time winner of a Kennedy Award for Excellence in NSW Journalism and a four-time winner of the national News Awards Features Journalist of the Year.

This month we enjoy his latest work - Love Stories which combines his skills in journalism and storytelling to bring to the masses the tales of the souls of our community.  It is the perfect time to be reminded of the wonderful ever lasting love in life itself. 

Harper Collins Pubisheres Australia.

Short read for the month

Winner of the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, this is one of the defining books of the 1970s, an experimental novel about a young journalist trying to navigate life in America.
This unclassifiable work is simultaneously novel, memoir, commonplace book, confession, and critique. It is the story of every man and woman cursed with too much consciousness and too little comprehension, and it is the story of Jen Fein, a journalist negotiating the fraught landscape of contemporary urban America. Her voice is cuttingly perceptive, darkly funny, and always fiercely intelligent as she breaks narrative convention to send dispatches back from the world as she finds it. 

with matty johns
face to face

Trent dalton @trentdaltonauthor


Fun, light and fresh and happy, this account offers you a bit on an insight ot the author and the way he works with the community to bring about his works.  You'll love watching the videos and readings for sure!

Katherine is simply one of us - a normal person, with a normal job and a completely normal book obsession!  She reads alot of up and coming works and so is a great one to follow to keep that TBR pile sky high. 


Monthly Resources

This resources section is designed to give you everything you will need for your month of reading!
Author interviews, social media accounts, short reads, our library.

Here is a short but interesting interview between Matty Johns and Trent Dalton about his first novel Boy Swallows World.  

Enjoy these author interviews for the month of January

Our short read is for those speed reading members who finish the first book and want more, and is for new members who join late in the month and don't have time to dive into the main read.

If you don't have time to read the book yourself then you might like to listen to the author read it for The Centre for Fiction. 
There are two parts to be enjoyed around two of her works - Speedboat and Pitch Dark.  Enjoy!


Trent  Dalton

Speedboat  by REnata  Adler

Renata   Adler

And if you would like to delve into his other work, then here is a great interview from The Daily Telegraph about All Our Shimmering Skies.

with the Daily telegraph

with The Center for Fiction

Social Media accounts to follow

Here's a challenge for you!

Take part in the writing of our first progressive novel! 

LISA millar


Fun, light and fresh and happy, this account offers you a bit on an insight into the author and the way she works to put a smile on her face, as well as others while still delivering the news stories that we lived of late. A genuine and down -to-earth soul.

There are so many brilliant Australian authors and this hashtag brigns so them together to celebrate.  Their are thousands of posts from countless accounts - you are sure to find an opal or two (or a few hundred!)


Monthly Resources

This resources section is designed to give you everything you will need for your month of reading!
Author interviews, social media accounts, a challenge and our library.

Here is an interview from the Melbourne Press Club's 'The Edit' - a special program of events to help the next generation of Melbourne reporters, producers and editors hone their skills and develop their careers.

As an Ochberg Fellow of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma (and served as a director of the organisation until December 2019), Lisa is a strong advocate for improving mental health practices in newsrooms.

This video is a must see if for some reaon you are unable to make it to our live event at the end of the month. 

Enjoy these author interviews for the month of February

it seems that our awesome members are more up for a writing challenge than they are for a short read and this, we are kind of over the moon about! who would have thought that a love of reading and writing might go hand in hand eh!?

The Book Show brings you in-depth conversations with the best fiction writers from Australia and around the world.
Here Claire Nichols interviews 'life at the extremes' where we hear from  Pat Barker, Michael Mohammed Ahmad and Ella Baxter


Lisa Millar

challenge one will be daring to...

take part in the writing of our first progressive novel!

The Book Show

with the Melbourne press club

the book show's lateast

Social Media accounts to follow

Short read for the month


If you are a speed reader and finish our monthly book quickly, or if this months book doesn't sound like your cup of tea, don't worry! We still have you covered.

This is an ever-growing collection of recommendations from members, guests, friends and family. We have not read every single book, this is our 'library' where we store books we want to read, that others truly love, and that you may find joy in reading. 

Take your pick, read as many or as little as you want each month, and then join us for the end of month meeting. 

"it's just so brilliantly written and a quirky story. So clever"

"quirky and amazing - how can anyone think to write something like that. Just beautiful!"

"fascinating to reflect on the differences and similarities between a pandemic of the past and the present through the eyes of three women in 1918."

"a book that celebrates the glory and beauty of life"

"courage and power - a book i would recommend for sure."

"proof of the wweird and whacky journeys on which authors take us from such humble beginnings"

"amazing women and it's always really good to read some of the things that incledible women have done." 

"the life of jock - what an extraordiary man and life! how did he survive!?."

"Light and easy - a pleasant read for summer."

"if you are into a good thriller then this is a book for you."

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