Holiday Reads Wrap

Book Club

Welcome back Pageturners and what a great discussion about so many books! Here is a list of the books we talked about with a little description:

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman – a funny, moving, uplifting tale of love and community that will leave you with a spring in your step.

Michelangelo’s Mountain The Quest for Perfection in the Marble Quarries of Carrara by Eric Scigliano – discover the fascinating, crucial, and often dangerous relationship between Michelangelo and the stone quarries of Carrara in this clear-eyed and well-researched exploration

The Birdsman’s Wife by Melissa Ashley – artist Elizabeth Gould spent her life capturing the sublime beauty of birds the world had never seen before. But her legacy was eclipsed by the fame of her husband, John Gould. The Birdman’s Wife at last gives voice to a passionate and adventurous spirit who was so much more than the woman behind the man.

The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland – after her family suffers a tragedy, nine-year-old Alice Hart is forced to leave her idyllic seaside home. She is taken in by her grandmother, June, a flower farmer who raises Alice on the language of Australian native flowers, a way to say the things that are too hard to speak.

 The Land Before Avocado by Richard Glover – a funny and frank look at the way Australia used to be – and just how far we have come.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris – this story, full of beauty and hope, is based on years of interviews author Heather Morris conducted with real-life Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov.

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafron – The Shadow of the Wind is a coming-of-age tale of a young boy who, through the magic of a single book, finds a purpose greater than himself and a hero in a man he’s never met.

Kick: The True Story of Kick Kennedy, JFK’s Forgotten Sister and the Heir to Chatsworth by Paula Byrne – the remarkable life of the vivacious, clever – and forgotten – Kennedy sister, who charmed the English aristocracy and was almost erased from her family history.

Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak – Zusak makes his long-awaited return with a profoundly heartfelt and inventive novel about a family held together by stories, and a young life caught in the current: a boy in search of greatness, as a cure for a painful past.

Secrets of a Happy Marriage by Cathy Kelly – any family knows that a special birthday party is the perfect chance to come together, but for the Brannigan clan it’s about more than just raising a glass.

Salvation of a Saint by Keiga Higashino – the stunning thriller from the author of the Japanese 2 million copy bestseller The Devotion of Suspect X. When a man is discovered dead by poisoning in his empty home his beautiful wife, Ayane, immediately falls under suspicion.

The Other Side of Silence by Philip Kerr – when Bernie Gunther takes on a blackmail case and gets involved in the affairs of British spies, the former detective risks exposing his own dark past

Bad Luck and Trouble by Lee Child – in the past the elite team always watched each other’s backs. Now one of them has shown up dead in the California desert and six more are missing. Reacher’s old buddies are in big trouble, and he can’t let that go.

Hawk Quest by Robert Lyndon – a huge, exciting historical adventure epic It’s 1072 AD. The Normans have captured England. The Turks have captured a Norman knight. And in order to free him, a warrior named Vallon must capture four rare hawks.

House Rules by Jodi Picoult – when your son can’t look you in the eye… does that mean he’s guilty?

Infinite Plan by Isabel Allende – a saga of one man’s search for love and his struggle to come to terms with a childhood of poverty and neglect.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce – when Harold Fry sets out one morning to post a letter to his dying friend Queenie he finds himself at the start of a journey that will have many beginnings, and for which he’s entirely unprepared.

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin – 1969 in New York City’s Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children – four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness – sneak out to hear their fortunes.

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson – A devious tale of psychological suspense involving sex, deception, and an accidental encounter that leads to murder.

This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay – welcome to the life of a junior doctor: 97-hour weeks, life and death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids, and the hospital parking meter earns more than you.

Light and Shadow: Memoirs of a Spy’s Son by Mark Colvin – Mark Colvin was one of Australia’s longest-serving broadcasters. He reveals what it was like to discover his diplomat father was really an MI6 spy. And the reality of covering some of the most dangerous flashpoints of recent history:-

Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier – Remarkable Creatures is the story of Mary Anning, who has a talent for finding fossils, and whose discovery of ancient marine reptiles such as that ichthyosaur shakes the scientific community and leads to new ways of thinking about the creation of the world.

Less by Andrew Sean Greer – a struggling novelist travels the world to avoid an awkward wedding in this hilarious Pulitzer Prize-winning novel full of “arresting lyricism and beauty”.

When Will There will be Good News by Kate Atkinson – in rural Devon, six-year-old Joanna Mason witnesses an appalling crime. Thirty years later the man convicted of the crime is released from prison.

Foal’s Bread by Gillian Mears – set in hardscrabble farming country and around the country show high-jumping circuit that prevailed in rural New South Wales prior to the Second World War, Foal’s Bread tells the story of two generations of the Nancarrow family and their fortunes as dictated by the vicissitudes of the land.

Paula by Isabel Allende – Allende has written a tour de force, a powerful autobiography whose straightforward acceptance of the magical and spiritual worlds will remind readers of her first book, The House of Spirits.

The Hospital by the River A Story of Hope by Catherine Hamlin – the story of the remarkable Australian gynaecologist Dr Catherine Hamlin and her medical work that has transformed the lives of 45,000 Ethiopian women.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt recounts the terrible price we pay for mistakes made on the dark journey to adulthood.

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles – From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility – a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel

Guilded Hour by Sara Donati – from the internationally bestselling author of Into the Wilderness comes a magnificent epic about two pioneering women doctors in 19th-century New York.

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders – a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented.

The Lost Man by Jane Harper – a powerful story of suspense, set against a dazzling landscape.

The Year of the Farmer by Rosalie Ham – in a quiet farming town somewhere in country New South Wales, war is brewing. The last few years have been punishingly dry, especially for the farmers, but otherwise, it’s all Neralie Mackintosh’s fault.

Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton – an utterly wonderful novel of love, crime, magic, fate and coming of age, set in Brisbane’s violent working class suburban fringe – from one of Australia’s most exciting new writers.

Next Meetings: 

  • 13th March 2019 Meeting – Shell by Kristina Olsson. Please RSVP via
  • 10th April 2019 Meeting – Scrublands by Chris Hammer


  • Wild West Women Writers Book Tour – Three popular writers from the Central West take to the road to chat about their new novels and share secrets of their writing success: Kelly Rimmer The Things We Cannot Say, Alissa Callen The Round Way and Kim Kelly with Sunshine. Meet all three authors  on Wednesday 27th March at 5.30pm at Orange City Library. Please book your place online through or call the Library on 6393 8132.

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