Next Read: The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion


Pageturners next book for discussion is The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion on Wednesday 14th December at 5.30pm.

A novel about love, music and coming to terms with the past, from the author of the international bestseller The Rosie Project.

On the cusp of fifty, Adam Sharp has a loyal partner, earns a good income as an IT contractor and is the music-trivia expert at quiz nights. It’s the lifestyle he wanted, but something’s missing.

Two decades ago, on the other side of the world, his part-time piano playing led him into a passionate relationship with Angelina Brown, who’d abandoned law studies to pursue her acting dream. She gave Adam a chance to make it something more than an affair—but he didn’t take it. And now he can’t shake off his nostalgia for what might have been.

Then, out of nowhere, Angelina gets in touch. What does she want? Does Adam dare to live dangerously? How far will he go for a second chance?

If my life prior to 15 February, 2012 had been a song, it might have been ‘Hey Jude’, a simple piano tune, taking my sad and sorry adolescence and making it better. In the middle, it would pick up—better and better—for a few moments foreshadowing something extraordinary. And then: just na-na-na-na, over and over, pleasant enough, but mainly because it evoked what had gone before.

Author website:

Here are some reviews: 

The Saturday Paper


 The AU Review:

 Bookseller Simon McDonald:



Top Ten Bestsellers


Here is the top ten bestselling fiction list from 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. Night School by Lee Child (Bantam)
  2. The Four Legendary Kingdoms by Matthew Reilly (Macmillan)
  3. The Whistler by John Grisham (Hachette)
  4. A Distant Journey by Di Morrissey (Macmillan)
  5. The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connolly
  6. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult (Allen & Unwin)
  7. No Man’s Land by David Baldacci (Macmillan)
  8. The Girl on the Train (film tie-in) by Paula Hawkins (Doubleday)
  9. This Was a Man by Jeffrey Archer (Macmillan)
  10. Rather be the Devil by Ian Rankin (Hachette)

© Nielsen BookScan 2016 Week Ending 12/11/16


Orange Museum Exhibition Opening


Orange Regional Museum will open its doors for the first time on Saturday 19 November.  The inaugural exhibition Journeys: people place stories explores the region, its people and place through time.

Beginning with the region’s first inhabitants, Journeys explores the connection to country told through stories and artefacts of the Wiradjuri people, prior to and following the crossing of the Blue Mountains and eventual settlement by in the region by Europeans.

The journey continues by examining the significance of the landscape both as a rich mineral resource and as a place of cultural and environmental significance. The ever present Mt Canobolas has influenced settlement patterns, acted as a place of spiritual significance and more recently Lake Canobolas has offered the regions sports people a place to perfect their skills.

Featuring objects from regional collections and local individuals Journeys: people place stories invites you to discover the rich heritage of Orange the region.

To attend the formal opening on Saturday 19 November, 10am please RSVP to or 02 6393 8444 by Wednesday 16 November.

For more information and to find out about exhibition programs and events please see:

Freeing Peter Discussion


Freeing Peter by Peter, Andrew, Juris, Lois and Michael Greste was an interesting change of pace for Pageturners more used to reading fiction and talking about writing styles than a true story. This was a more robust discussion about colonialism, freedom of the press, Australians in jails around the world, foreign laws, life and death situations, media presence, Egyptian judicial system and family dynamics.

The book is unusual in that the story is told from the point of view of different family members and each write alternate paragraphs on the same situation giving insight into their differing views.

The rating system out of five stars ranged from 0 to 2 (yes zero – a first for us) from those who did not like the book but managed to finish it, to 4s for those who did enjoy it. So a real mix of reviews.

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 14th December to discuss the latest book by Graeme Simsion The Best of Adam Sharp.

We also welcome suggestions for books to read and discuss in 2017. And for our first meeting of 2017 (Wednesday 8th February) we will be talking about The Good People by Hannah Kent. Also for this meeting we will be meeting  at a different venue  to be advised (let us know your suggestions)  because Orange City Library will be undergoing refurbishment in February 2017. See you next month.

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.

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