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    Richard Flanagan Q&A

    The Booker Prize winning author answers our questions about his strangely beautiful story about hope and love and orange-bellied parrots: The Living Sea of Waking Dreams.

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    The Orphan of Good Hope

    Transport yourself from the canals of Amsterdam, across the waves, to the rough-and-tumble frontier town at the Cape of Good Hope.

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    Life After Truth

    At their fifteen-year reunion, a group of Harvard graduates – labouring with early middle age, marriage and children, unrealised aspirations and a depressing political climate – rekindle old loves and old resentments.

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    In Eley Williams’ The Liar’s Dictionary, we’re forced to interrogate the very foundations of ‘truth’.

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    The Last Migration book club notes

    Gather your book club and find out why everyone is talking about?The Last Migration.

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    Charlotte McConaghy reveals how a quest to write about the natural world ultimately led to a climate change story.

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    New Richard Flanagan novel this October

    We’re delighted to announce the publication of Richard Flanagan’s new novel, The Living Sea of Waking Dreams, in October 2020.

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    Imbi Neeme Q&A

    The 2019 Penguin Literary Prize winner on her inspiration, writing process and club sandwiches.

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    Classic of the month: Tales of the Unexpected

    In June we mined the depths of the human psyche via Roald Dahl’s 1979 classic short story collection.

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    The Spill book club notes

    Explore the cycles of love, loss and regret, that can follow a family through the years, with your reading group.

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    The Adversary playlist

    Ronnie Scott shares a playlist to accompany his stunning debut novel, The Adversary.

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    Quick questions: Ronnie Scott

    The Adversary author on inspiration and essential reading.

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    Classic of the month: One Hundred Years of Solitude

    In March we revisited Gabriel Garcia Márquez’s ageless 1967 masterpiece, One Hundred Years of Solitude.

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    Miles from utopia

    Liam Pieper reflects on subverting the self-actualisation narrative, in Sweetness and Light.

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    Classic of the month: How the Light Gets In

    In February we revisited M J Hyland’s agonisingly authentic portrait of adolescence,?How the Light Gets In.

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    Sweetness and Light book club notes

    Take your reading group on an Indian adventure that's not covered in the guidebooks.?

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    Elliot Perlman Q&A

    The Maybe the Horse Will Talk author reflects on the socio-political conflicts at the heart of the novel.

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    Yindyamarra (respect): say it out loud

    Tara June Winch discusses the creation of her 2019 novel The Yield, and the power embedded in Indigenous language.

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    Language is life

    In The Yield, Tara June Winch explores how every word is embedded with stories.

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    Hitch book club notes

    Join twenty-something Amelia and her dog Lucy as they hitchhike?from one end of the country to the other.

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    Hitchhiking with Kathryn Hind

    Kathryn Hind reflects on winning?the inaugural Penguin Literary Prize and her journey to becoming a published?author.?

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    The medicine of book friends

    Four books that left their mark on A Lifetime of Impossible Days author Tabitha Bird.

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    Ian McEwan Q&A

    The acclaimed author answers our questions about his novel Machines Like Me.

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    Heart of the Grass Tree book club notes

    A searing and hope-filled debut that would be perfect for a mother-daughter book club.

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    The Water Cure book club notes

    An eerie, dreamlike novel about love, violence and survival at any cost. Perfect for book club.

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    In the Garden of the Fugitives book club notes

    Unearth Ceridwen Dovey’s themes of guilt, power, shame and obsession with your book club.

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    The Yield

    I was born on Ngurambang – can you hear it? – Ngu–ram–bang.

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    Killing Commendatore

    Today when I awoke from a nap the faceless man was there before me.

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