Category Archives: Book Club Fodder

Love or hate them, you’ll chew the fat over these books for hours.

November 09

Islands by Peggy Frew

If I were stuck on a deserted island, this is a book I definitely would not want with me. I am sorry to say Readheads, this one really wasn’t for me. Perhaps I am on an island with this review and am alone in my dislike of the story however, I doubt it. The way […]

October 11

A Room Made of Leaves by Kate Grenville

Few authors get me to the bookshop faster than Kate Grenville.  After The Secret River and The Lieutenant (which every single Australian needs to read if they haven’t already), all other authors can take a ticket.   This time, Grenville shares the story of Elizabeth Macarthur, wife of British officer and renowned pastoralist of early colonial Sydney, John Macarthur, the […]

August 09

Melting Moments by Anna Goldsworthy

Ok Readheads – I’ve just picked your next book.  Put it on your book club list and lend it to your friends and family.  Especially your Mums.   Melting Moments tells the life story of Ruby Jenkins, but really is a universal study of the changes that take place over the course of life.   […]

June 22

The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd

Ever imagine if Jesus had a wife? Sue Monk Kidd did and has written an incredible story about who she may have been. She was Ana – a rebellious, wip-smart woman full of curiosity and gifts, all glorious traits we want in women today – back then, ah, not so much. Ana was a force, […]

May 17

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

What a cracking work of fiction.  Hands down my most enjoyable read of the year so far. Hamnet is a fictionalised account of the death of William Shakespeare’s son. Clearly I wasn’t listening at school, because I had never known that Shakespeare had three children (a girl and then a twin boy and girl) and that […]

May 08

There Was Still Love by Favel Parrett

This is The Indie Book Awards 2020 Book of the Year so attention needs to be paid.   The list of fans of There Was Still Love, and indeed anything written by the author, is as long as it is wide and I see why.   She is a beautiful storyteller. I admit I read this one […]

April 26

A Thousand Moons by Sebastian Barry

It’s the aftermath of the Civil War in Tennessee and “the time is so dangerous that the law is barely possible”.  An Indian girl named Winona is living on a farm with two soldiers who adopted her, their landlord and two recently emancipated black slaves. Released in March, A Thousand Moons is the latest from […]

Stoner by John Williams

I’m not sure I can explain to you how much I loved this book. Surely the most pure, quiet and understated work of fiction I have read in a long time. Stoner was first published in 1965 with no fanfare. Fifty years later, it was discovered by the general public and became a bestseller across […]

April 07

Adults by Emma Jane Unsworth

What a great time to be a book lover! For those of us who can think of nothing better than being forced to stay indoors and read, well, this crazy new Covid 19 reality is heaven on a stick.  My bedside table is piled high with new, fresh, delicious reads because leaving the house for […]

February 27

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

Well hasn’t this book caused quite the stir for all the wrong reasons. Before I get into that gumf, my message is simple  – READ THIS PLEASE –  because American Dirt is one hell of a book and Jeanine Cummins is one hell of a writer. The story is about Mexican woman Lydia and her […]