Nesbo vs Shakespeare


Quotes from the Scottish play Macbeth such as “Out out damned spot” were being remembered from high school days as Pageturners talked about Jo Nesbo’s re-imaging of the play into a 1970s police corruption and drug gang tale as part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series.

The discussion centred around characters and plot twists from the book and what was in the play. From Lady Macbeth’s influence over Macbeth and demise, the purely evil Hecate, witches and their “brew”, Caithness becomes a policewoman, Duncan is head of the police and Malcolm is his deputy, Macduff is re-named Duff and is head of the Narcotics Unit, Macbeth heads the SWAT Unit and chases power like a drug while the book is filled with murders and a high body count. Locations – Fife, Inverness and Birnam Wood also feature in the book in various guises.

Pageturners described it as action-orientated, engrossing, parallels were good, fast-paced, exciting, lengthy, dragged-on, far-fetched, awful, uncomfortable, dark and violent.

Some of our Pageturners disliked it with one minus score and 2.5s or loved it with scores of four out of five. The average score was 3.

The next read on 11th July is the classic Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.  It’s Bronte’s masterpiece about Cathy and Heathcliff – a tale of love and revenge on the Yorkshire moors.

On 8th August we will discuss books on the Miles Franklin Literary Award Longlist. Please read one of the novels and we will have a competition to try and guess the winner. Some of the books are now available on Borrowbox through Central West Libraries. 

June Read: Macbeth by Jo Nesbo


Love reading?  Each month we discover different authors, topical themes and thought-provoking reads. The group usually meets on the second Wednesday of the month from 5.30pm to 7 pm.

The June meeting will be held on Wednesday 13th June at 5.30pm at Orange City Library. The book for discussion is Jo Nesbo’s Macbeth. This book is a reimagining of Shakespeare’s famous play Macbeth for the Hogarth Shakespeare project. Best-selling thriller crime writer Jo Nesbo has captured the tale of political ambition and rejigged it as a corrupt police crime and drug gang story.

From the publisher:

A heart-pounding new thriller from the author of The Snowman and The Thirst.  Set in the 1970s in a run-down, rainy industrial town, Jo Nesbo’s Macbeth centers around a police force struggling to shed an incessant drug problem. Duncan, chief of police, is idealistic and visionary, a dream to the townspeople but a nightmare for criminals. The drug trade is ruled by two drug lords, one of whom—a master of manipulation named Hecate—has connections with the highest in power, and plans to use them to get his way.    Hecate’s plot hinges on steadily, insidiously manipulating Inspector Macbeth: the head of SWAT and a man already susceptible to violent and paranoid tendencies. What follows is an unputdownable story of love and guilt, political ambition, and greed for more, exploring the darkest corners of human nature, and the aspirations of the criminal mind.


Don’t forget to RSVP by going online through eventbrite or call the Library on 6393 8132.










Top Ten Fiction List


Here is the Top Ten Fiction Bestseller List from Better Reading:

  1. The Outsider by Stephen King (Hachette)
  2. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris (Echo Publishing)
  3. The Fallen by David Baldacci (Pan MacMillan)
  4. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (HarperCollins)
  5. Private Princess by James Patterson (Cornerstone)
  6. The Shepherd’s Hut by Tim Winton (Penguin)
  7. Death Is Not Enough by Karen Rose (Hachette)
  8. The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn (HarperCollins)
  9. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows (Allen & Unwin)
  10. Warlight by Michael Ondaatge (Johnathan Cape)

© Nielsen BookScan 2018 Week Ending 26/05/18.

Please note the number ten book Warlight by Michael Ondaatge is our read for September.

Still want more to read? 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.


Golden Man Booker Shorlist

Golden Man Booker

The shortlist for the Golden Man Booker Prize has been announced. This special one-off award for Man Booker Prize’s 50th anniversary celebrations will crown the best work of fiction from the last five decades of the prize.

All 51 previous winners were considered by a panel of five specially appointed judges, each of whom was asked to read the winning novels from one decade of the prize’s history. We can now reveal that that the ‘Golden Five’ – the books thought to have best stood the test of time – are: In a Free State by V. S. Naipaul; Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively; The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje; Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel; and Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders.

  • Robert McCrum (Judge), 1971, In a Free State by V. S. Naipaul, UK, published by Picador
  • Lemn Sissay (Judge), 1987, Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively, UK, published by Penguin
  • Kamila Shamsie (Judge), 1992, The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje, Canada, published by Bloomsbury
  • Simon Mayo (Judge), 2009, Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, UK, published by Fourth Estate
  • Hollie McNish (Judge), 2017, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, USA, published by Bloomsbury.

For more about key dates, public voting and the books go to the Man Booker Prize website:

Miles Franklin Longlist 2018


The Miles Franklin Literary Award Longlist has been announced. The longlisted authors are:

  • Peter Carey: The Long Way Home (Penguin Random House)
  • Felicity Castagna: No More Boats (Giramondo Publishing)
  • Michelle de Kretser: The Life to Come (Allen & Unwin)
  • Lia Hills: The Crying Place (Allen & Unwin)
  • Eva Hornung: The Last Garden (Text Publishing)
  • Wayne Macauley: Some Tests (Text Publishing)
  • Catherine McKinnon: Storyland (HarperCollins Publishers)
  • Gerald Murnane: Border Districts (Giramondo Publishing)
  • Jane Rawson: From the Wreck (Transit Lounge)
  • Michael Sala: The Restorer (Text Publishing)
  • Kim Scott: Taboo (Picador Australia)

For more on the longlist go to:

And here is an ABC news item:

We will be talking about these books at Pageturners on Wednesday 8th August.

Upcoming discussions are:

13 June: Macbeth by Jo Nesbo

11 July: Our classic read is Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

8 August: Miles Franklin Literary Award Longlist (Choose one to read and try to predict the winner)

12 September: Warlight by Michael Ondaatje

International Prize Winner


Winner of the Man Booker International Prize 2018 is Polish writer Olga Tokarzck for Flights translated by Jennifer Croft.

The Guardian reports Tokarczuk is a bestselling author in Poland, where she has won numerous awards and is a household name. In Flights, she meditates on travel and human anatomy, moving between stories including the Dutch anatomist who discovered the Achilles tendon when dissecting his own amputated leg, and the tale of Chopin’s heart as his sister transported it from Paris to Warsaw.

For more details go to:

And read The Guardian:


Shepherd’s Hut Discussion

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We had so much to talk about last night’s meeting with Tim Winton’s best selling book The Shepherd’s Hut. First we tried to describe the book using words such as compelling, evocative, character-centred, complex, thought-provoking, bittersweet, bleak, small-town, austere, stark, thoughtful, uncomfortable and powerful. Then we spoke about the characters – the teenage boy Jaxie Clackton, the priest Fintan McGillis, Shirley (mother), Captain (father) and Lee.

We also talked about the religious connotations, Jaxie’s point of view and small town behaviour. There was also discussion about the meaning of the title and it’s significance to the book. We also discussed the reasons why the priest was banished to the bush and how Tim Winton left it up to the reader to decide if the ending was hopeful or doomed.

Pageturners rated the book mostly 4 out of 5 stars with a 2 and a 3 in the mix. The reasons for the dislikes included the violence and the language which some found disturbing.

For more about the author listen to the Better Reading Tim Winton interview podcast and/or the ABC Radio interview with Tim Winton and Richard Glover.

**The next book for discussion is Macbeth by Jo Nesbo – part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series where writers are asked to reimagine a Shakespeare tale – on Wednesday 13 June at Orange City Library at 5.30pm.

May Discussion Coming Up

Tim Winton (Small)

We are meeting on Wednesday 9th May at 5.30pm at Orange City Library to discuss Tim Winton’s latest book The Shepherd’s Hut. Don’t forget to RSVP via eventbrite or call the Library on 6393 8132.

A rifle-shot of a novel – crisp, fast, shocking – The Shepherd’s Hut is an urgent masterpiece about solitude, unlikely friendship, and the raw business of survival.

Jaxie dreads going home. His mum’s dead. The old man bashes him without mercy, and he wishes he was an orphan. But no one’s ever told Jaxie Clackton to be careful what he wishes for. In one terrible moment his life is stripped to little more than what he can carry and how he can keep himself alive. There’s just one person left in the world who understands him and what he still dares to hope for. But to reach her he’ll have to cross the vast saltlands on a trek that only a dreamer or a fugitive would attempt. The Shepherd’s Hut is a searing look at what it takes to keep love and hope alive in a parched and brutal world.

Australian Book Review:

See you there!

Book Industry Award Winners

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2018 Australian Book Industry Award winners:

Gold ABIA for Book of the Year: Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow, Jessica Townsend

Biography Book of the Year: Working Class Man, Jimmy Barnes

General Fiction Book of the Year: The Secrets She Keeps, Michael Robotham

General Non-fiction Book of the Year: The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in Death, Decay and Disaster, Sarah Krasnostein

Literary Fiction Book of the Year: See What I Have Done, Sarah Schmidt

Illustrated Book of the Year: Maggie’s Recipe for Life, Maggie Beer and Professor Ralph Martins

International Book of the Year: Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, Elena Favilli and Francesa Cavallo

Small Publishers’ Adult Book of the Year: The Australian Bird Guide, Peter Menkhorst, Danny Rogers, Rohan Clarke, Jeff Davies, Peter Marsack and Kim Franklin

Small Publishers’ Children’s Book of the Year: It’s OK to Feel the Way You Do, Josh Langley

The Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year: Nevermoor, Jessica Townsend

Book of the Year for Older Children (ages 13+): Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology, Amie Kaufman, Melissa Keil, Will Kostakis, Ellie Marney, Jaclyn Moriarty, Michael Pryor, Alice Pung, Gabrielle Tozer, Lili Wilkinson and Danielle Binks

Book of the Year for Younger Children (ages 7-13): Nevermoor, Jessica Townsend

Children’s Picture Book of the Year (ages 0-6): No One Likes a Fart, Zoë Foster Blake

Audiobook of the Year: The 91-Storey Treehouse, Written and Illustrated by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton.

For more about the awards:

Premier’s Literary Awards Winners

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The NSW Premier awarded $295,000 in prize money to some of Australia’s finest writers across fiction, non-fiction, poetry, children’s and young adult literature, script and playwriting.

Bram Presser won the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing and People’s Choice Award for Book of Dirt.

Kim Scott won Book of the Year and the Indigenous Writer’s Prize for Taboo.

For more details go to the State Library of NSW website: