Man Booker Winner is…


The first American author to win the Man Booker Prize is Paul Beatty for his book The Sellout – a biting satire on race relations in the United States.

Here is the SMH article:

And more in The Guardian:


Next Read Freeing Peter


Pageturners next book discussion will be held on 9th November 2016 from 5.30pm to 7pm and will be talking about Freeing Peter by Peter, Andrew, Juris, Lois and Michael Greste.

When Australian journalist Peter Greste was jailed in Egypt in 2013 on spurious charges his family swung into action and mounted a campaign to free him.

With parents Lois and Juris leading the battle in Australia, brothers Andrew and Michael took it in turns to be in Cairo and offer support.

Now, the family has shared their experience in a new book, Freeing Peter, and how it not only galvanised them but also forced them to confront the fact they each had different ideas on how to help.

It tells the extraordinary true story of how an ordinary Australian family took on the Egyptian government to get Peter Greste out of prison.

 Please RSVP for the meeting via or call 6393 8132.


Top Ten Bestsellers


Here is the top ten bestsellers thanks to Better Reading. 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. The Girl on the Train (film tie-in) by Paula Hawins (Doubleday)
  2. The Good People by Hannah Kent (Picador)
  3. The Girl on the Train  by Paula Hawins (Doubleday)
  4. Pharaoh  by Wilbur Smith (HarperCollins)
  5. Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks (Hachette)
  6. Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty (Macmillan)
  7. Inferno (Film tie-in) by Dan Brown (Corgi Books)
  8. Home by Harlan Coben (Century)
  9. Order to Kill by Vince Flynn (Simon and Schuster)
  10. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty (Pan)

© Nielsen BookScan 2016 Week Ending 8/10/16


All This in 60 Minutes Author Talk


Discover the hilarious inside story of life on the road as a 60 Minutes cameraman when Nicholas Lee is interviewed by ABC Radio’s Julie Clift at Orange City Library on Tuesday 18th October at 5.30pm. As Ellen Fanning describes it, All This in 60 Minutes ‘Perfectly captures the controlled chaos, the seat-of-the-pants improvisation, the behind the scenes exhilaration of 60 Minutes . All of which goes to prove that often the best bits never make it to the screen.’ Come along and hear some of the best stories for yourself. Bookings on 6393 8132 or online at This event is supported by Collins Bookshop.

Read more here:

High Scores for Last Painting


It is not often a book we discuss gets universal high scores of 4 and 4.5 out of 5 but The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith is one. The book spans three different continents and timeframes and charts the collision course between a rare landscape by a female Dutch painter of the Golden Age, an inheritor of the work in 1950s Manhattan, and a celebrated art historian who painted a forgery of it in her youth.

Discussions ranged from characters to writing style to the mention of Orange, art forgery and beached whales (see the links below). Comments from Pageturners included: I loved it, didn’t want it to be over, it is movie material, it was too convenient with all loose ends tied up, good read, it ended too soon, made the jump between timeframes smoothly, liked the descriptions of situations, he did a lot of research, well structured, Sara seemed so real, lots of big themes – loss, forgiveness, loneliness, deception, loyalty, he creates a powerful atmosphere, lots of parallels between Ellie and Sara, hard to like Marty and complex story but easy to read.

Here are some interesting snippets following our discussion about beached whales in paintings:

“Ironically it was Dürer’s interest in the animal world that led to his death. On a trip to the Netherlands in 1520, it is believed that he contracted malaria in the swamps of Zeeland when traveling to see a beached whale. He died in 1528 as a result of the disease.”

And more to the point, this article from The Guardian in 2014 may have provided some inspiration:

More about the Last Painting of Sara de Vos ABC Book Club Episode 24 May:

Read more about the author and his other works on the author’s website:

The next book for discussion will be Freeing Peter by Peter, Andrew, Juris, Lois and Michael Greste on Wednesday 9th November at 5.30pm.




Better Reading Top 100 Books


Australia has voted … on  the Top 100 Books. Announcing Better Reading’s Top 100 for 2016! It’s more than just a list – it’s a go-to for your next read. Each book has been voted for by an Australian booklover, and comes well-read and well-loved. Say goodbye to wondering what to read next – and say hello to Better Reading’s Top 100. Click on the link for all the details:

Pageturners to Read Last Painting of Sara de Vos


Love reading?  Each month we discover different authors, topical themes and thought-provoking reads. The group meets on the second Wednesday of the month from 5.30pm to 7 pm.  For October we are reading The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith and the discussion will be held on 12th October.

A dazzling and mesmerising story that charts the collision course between a rare landscape by a female Dutch painter of the golden age, an inheritor of the work in 1950s Manhattan, and a celebrated art historian who painted a forgery of it in her youth. A literary novel of breathtaking scope, ambition and achievement.

And while on art works check out the latest episode of ABC TV’s Catalyst about the concealed gems of paintings:


Shakespeare vs Tyler


Lots of 3.5/5 star ratings for this read Vinegar Girl by Pulitzer Prize winning author Anne Tyler  with her take on The Taming of the Shrew by Shakespeare and part of the Hogarth Shakespeare project.

Lots of discussion about the similarities between the two versions including the feisty “Kates”, tutors in disguise,  sisters, strange wedding attire, forced marriage etc. A lot of discussion too about the big speeches by the “Kates”.  According to Litlover’s discussion questions critics have been divided over the meaning of Shakespeare’s Kate’s speech in which she submits to her husband. Is it done with a wink (ironic) or spoken in earnest? What about Tyler’s Kate? We had lots to talk about right there.

Most people enjoyed the book and comments included: slow read, easy to read, good title, creative adaptation, improbable storyline, Kate in novel is very different to the play, it is a modern version, it was funny and they were a strange family.

Read more here about the Hogarth Shakespeare project. It will be some time before we see all the publications in the series:

Our next read will be The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith to be discussed on Wednesday 12th October at 5.30pm.