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Brilliant Book Club Picks

Get your book club together this spring to celebrate Australian Reading Hour. Whether you never miss a session, or you’re getting the band back together, or you’re starting from scratch, we have some brilliant books, author notes, playlists, and discussion questions to help you along.

In Moonland is an astonishing and ambitious novel from the multi-award-winning author of Fever of Animals Miles Allinson.
Download book club notes including a letter from the author, clippings from 1970s newsletters, and discussion questions focusing on character perspectives, travel, and spiritual experiences.

Australian author Kate Ryan’s stunning debut novel The Golden Book is a beautifully written look at love, memory, and female relationships.
Download book club notes including a letter from the author, a playlist of music featured in the book, and discussion questions addressing fear, memory, and friendship.

Laura Elizabeth Woollett’s latest novel The Newcomer is a thrilling crime novel based on a haunting true story.
Download book club notes including a letter from the author and discussion questions exploring relationships, perspective, and self-destructive behaviour.

All That I Remember About Dean Cola is a clever novel by Australian author Tania Chandler: a compelling portrait of mental illness, memory, and strength.
Download book club notes including a letter from the author and discussion questions focusing on love, memory, and mental health.

In Moonland

‘A parent’s love for a child, you probably know this yourself, it’s pretty bottomless. It goes down into the guts of the world. But a child’s love for a parent is different. It goes up. It’s more ethereal. It’s not quite present on the earth.’

In present-day Melbourne, a man attempts to piece together the mystery of his father’s apparent suicide as his young family slowly implodes. At the ashram of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, in 1976, a man searching for salvation must confront his capacity for violence and darkness. And in a not-too-distant future, a woman with a life-altering decision to…

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The Golden Book

Jessie had said they should go at midnight. 'It’s the gods’ time,' she said, narrowing her eyes dramatically. 'Anything could happen.’

It’s the 1980s, and in their small coastal town, Ali and her best friend, Jessie, are on the cusp. With ‘The Golden Book’, a journal of incantation and risk taking as their record, they begin to chafe at the restrictions put on them by teachers, parents, each other. Then Jessie suffers a devastating accident, and both their lives are forever changed.

When Ali is an adult, with a young daughter herself, the news of Jessie’s death brings back the intensity of…

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The Newcomer

There's no such thing as a perfect victim.

In a hotel room on a sleepy Pacific island, Judy Novak waits. And worries. It isn’t the first time 29-year-old problem child Paulina has kept her mother waiting. But Judy can’t ignore the island’s jagged cliffs and towering pines — or the dread that Paulina has finally acted on her threats to take her own life.

When Paulina’s body is discovered, Judy’s worst fears seem confirmed. Only, Paulina didn’t kill herself. She was murdered.

So begins a thorny investigation, wherein every man on the island is a suspect yet none are as maligned as Paulina: the…

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All That I Remember About Dean Cola

The boys from back home stand beside the bed, watching her bleed onto the white sheet. ‘He only said to scare her,’ one of them says.

Sidney is happily married to her firefighter husband and thinking about having a child, but her life has been marred by psychotic breakdowns. Haunted by memories of Dean Cola — the teenage crush who is an essential piece of the puzzle that is her past — she returns to the town where she grew up. Something unthinkable happened there, but is she strong enough to face it?

A compelling portrait of mental illness, memory, and the ways that the years when we ‘come of…

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In Moonland

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The Newcomer

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