Pageturners September Read

Vinegar girl

The next book to be talked about by the Pageturners Book Discussion Group is Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler at the September meeting on Wednesday 14th at 5.30pm.

Pulitzer Prize winner and American master Anne Tyler brings us an inspired, witty and irresistible contemporary take on one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies.

Kate Battista feels stuck. How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric scientist father and uppity, pretty younger sister Bunny? Plus, she’s always in trouble at work – her pre-school charges adore her, but their parents don’t always appreciate her unusual opinions and forthright manner.

Dr. Battista has other problems. After years out in the academic wilderness, he is on the verge of a breakthrough. His research could help millions. There’s only one problem: his brilliant young lab assistant, Pyotr, is about to be deported. And without Pyotr, all would be lost.

When Dr. Battista cooks up an outrageous plan that will enable Pyotr to stay in the country, he’s relying – as usual – on Kate to help him. Kate is furious: this time he’s really asking too much. But will she be able to resist the two men’s touchingly ludicrous campaign to bring her around?





Four Stars For H.G. Wells


Pageturners hosted a great discussion about the father of science fiction Herbert George Wells. War of the Worlds was written in 1898 and the invasion of the Martians was compared to colonialism which generated much discussion. Comments included “showed a good understanding of people”, “liked the way he wrote descriptions”, “it was a calm, factual rendition with no hysteria”, “very poetic with black smoke, green vapour, red weed and brown Martians”, “I enjoyed it” and “the science was credible”.

The Time Machine was written in 1895  and provides a social commentary on class division. Comments included “he was ahead of his time talking with friends about the 4th dimension,” “travelling through time was a good description,” “it was very descriptive, I felt I was there with him,” and “he used unusual words in an unusual way”. The group also had a wide ranging discussion about grammar in one of its usual segways off topic.

Scores out of five for War of the Worlds ranged from 4 to 4.5, and for the Time Machine ranged from 3.5 to 4.5 – making them both the highest scoring reads this year!

The book for discussion on 14th September is Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler. The book is a retelling of William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.

In October, Wednesday 12th,  we will be talking about The Last Painting of Sara De Vos by Dominic Smith.


National Biography Award Winner


A gripping biography of one of Australia’s most prominent religious figures, who demanded his private records be burnt posthumously, has won this year’s $25,000 National Biography Award.

The fiercely private Catholic Archbishop Daniel Mannix (1917-1963) is the challenging subject of Mannix (Text Publishing) by Brenda Niall, the extraordinary work selected for Australia’s richest biography prize from a record 110 entries. The judges praised Niall for “recovering both the public identity and the fiercely protected private self to create a beautifully balanced portrait of a very complex and elusive character.”

The shortlisted authors each receive $1,000:

  • Martin Edmond Battarbee and Namatjira (Giramondo)
  • Stephen FitzGerald Comrade Ambassador: Whitlam’s Beijing Envoy (MUP)
  • Karen Lamb Thea Astley: Inventing Her Own Weather (UQP)
  • Peter Rees Bearing Witness: The Remarkable Life of Charles Bean, Australia’s greatest war correspondent (Allen & Unwin)
  • Magda Szubanski Reckoning: A Memoir (Text Publishing)

Author Talk With Candice Fox

Candice 2

Australian crime author Candice Fox has collaborated with international bestselling thriller writer James Patterson on Never Never. Come along and learn more about this project on Monday 15th August at 12.30pm at Orange City Library.

Hades, Candice Fox’s first novel, won the Ned Kelly Award for best debut in 2014 from the Australian Crime Writers Association. The sequel, Eden, won the Ned Kelly Award for best crime novel in 2015, making Candice only the second author to win these accolades back-to-back.  She has also been nominated this year for a Davitt Award  and Ned Kelly crime writing award for her book Fall. Now she has collaborated with international bestseller James Patterson. Please RSVP by calling Orange City Library on 6393 8132.

The Man Booker Prize 2016 Longlist


The longlist, or ‘Man Booker Dozen’, for the £50,000 Man Booker Prize has been revealed. This year’s longlist of 13 books was selected from a total of 155 submissions by a distinguished panel of five judges: Amanda Foreman (Chair); Jon Day; Abdulrazak Gurnah; David Harsent and Olivia Williams.

Bestselling Fiction List

Me Before You

Here is the bestselling fiction list. You can also check out the weekly top 10 bestselling non-fiction list and the top 10 bestselling children’s books list on Better Reading.

  1. Me Before You (Film tie-in) by Jojo Moyes (Michael Joseph)
  2. The Girl on the Train by Paul Hawkins (Doubleday)
  3. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty (Pan)
  4. The Course of Love by Alain de Botton (Hamish Hamilton)
  5. After You by Jojo Moyes (Penguin)
  6. The Woman Next Door by Liz Byrski (Pan)
  7. The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter (Century)
  8. The Dry by Jane Harper (Macmillan)
  9. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (Michael Joseph)
  10. Magic by Danielle Steel (Bantam)

Nielsen Bookscan 2016 Week Ending 16/07/16



More About H.G. Wells

 The next Pageturners discussion on Wednesday 10th August at 5.30pm will delve into the life and works of H.G. Wells. Here is a link to ABC Radio’s Science Program about the man and his influence:

 The Time Machine:

The Time Machine

“Chilling, prophetic and hugely influential, The time machine sees a Victorian scientist propel himself into the year 802,701 AD, where he is delighted to find that suffering has been replaced by beauty and contentment in the form of the Eloi, an elfin species descended from man. But he soon realizes that they are simply remnants of a once-great culture – now weak and living in terror of the sinister Morlocks lurking in the deep tunnels, who threaten his very return home. H. G. Wells defined much of modern science fiction with this 1895 tale of time travel, which questions humanity, society, and our place on Earth.”

 The War of the Worlds

War of the Worlds

“The night after a shooting star is seen streaking across the sky, a cylinder is discovered near London. Armed with just a white flag, the locals approach the mysterious object ? only to be burned alive by heat-rays as horrific, tentacled invaders emerge. Soon, the whole of human civilization is under threat, as powerful Martians move across the land in massive killing machines, armed with black gas and burning rays. The aliens are determined to win the Earth for themselves.”


Mixed Reviews for Japanese Lover

Japanese Lover

Our Pageturners had varied views about The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende which made for a great discussion. Comments included: it was three stories intertwined – each person facing displacement, plot too slick, big disappointment, intricate plot, I thought it was romantic, talks about passion by I was only engaged as a bystander – like reading a newspaper, it struck a chord with me, lots of details but not overloaded, not completely predictable, they were in an interesting aged care facility, enjoyed it and it was easy to read.

Star ratings for the book ranged from 3 to 4 stars.

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 10th August to talk about works by H.G. Wells – The War of the Worlds and The Time Machine.


Next Read The Japanese Lover

Japanese Lover

Pageturners book discussion group meets next on Wednesday 13th July at 5.30pm to talk about The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende.

In 1939, as Poland falls under the shadow of the Nazis, young Alma Belasco’s parents send her away to live in safety with an aunt and uncle in their opulent mansion in San Francisco. There, as the rest of the world goes to war, she encounters Ichimei Fukuda, the quiet and gentle son of the family’s Japanese gardener. Unnoticed by those around them, a tender love affair begins to blossom. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the two are cruelly pulled apart as Ichimei and his family, like thousands of other Japanese Americans are declared enemies and forcibly relocated to internment camps run by the United States government. Throughout their lifetimes, Alma and Ichimei reunite again and again, but theirs is a love that they are forever forced to hide from the world.

Top Ten Fiction List

Me Before You

Here is the bestselling fiction list. You can also check out the weekly top 10 bestselling non-fiction list and the top 10 bestselling children’s books list on Better Reading.

  1. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (Michael Joseph)
  2. The Emperor’s Revenge by Clive Cussler & Boyd Morrison (Michael Joseph)
  3. The Girl on the Train by Paul Hawkins (Doubleday)
  4. The Last Mile by David Baldacci (Macmillan)
  5. The Dry by Jane Harper (Macmillan)
  6. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (Michael Joseph)
  7. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (Fourth Estate)
  8. The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin (Hachette)
  9. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty (Pan)
  10. The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith (Allen & Unwin)

© Nielsen BookScan 2016 Week Ending 4/06/16