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December 2013 Book Club Meeting

Hello Book lovers,

We selected our books for the December 2013 meeting.

"Burial Rites" by Hannah Kent
"Eyrie" by Tim Winton

If you have time you can read both books, otherwise you can select the book you are most interested in.

The Around Fitzroy & Collingwood Book Club is very informal; there is no set meeting agenda. Over a coffee, beer or wine, we usually have a chat about what everyone thought of the books of the month and see if anyone has read anything else exciting or heard of any great literary events on in Melbourne.

"Burial Rites"
In northern Iceland, 1829, Agnes Magnúsdóttir is condemned to death for her part in the brutal murder of two men.

Based on a true story, Burial Rites is an astonishing and moving novel about the truths we claim to know and the ways in which we interpret what we're told. In beautiful, cut-glass prose, Hannah Kent portrays Iceland's formidable landscape, in which every day is a battle for survival, and asks, how can one woman hope to endure when her life depends upon the stories told by others?

Tom Keely's reputation is in ruins.
And that's the upside.

Divorced and unemployed, he's lost faith in everything precious to him. Holed up in a grim highrise, cultivating his newfound isolation, Keely looks down at a society from which he's retired hurt and angry. He's done fighting the good fight, and well past caring.

But even in his seedy flat, ducking the neighbours, he's not safe from entanglement. All it takes is an awkward encounter in the lobby. A woman from his past, a boy the likes of which he's never met before. Two strangers leading a life beyond his experience and into whose orbit he falls despite himself.

What follows is a heart-stopping, groundbreaking novel for our times - funny, confronting, exhilarating and haunting.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Im sorry, i enjoyed the book but I woke up with a migraine due to the weather changes & have to sleep it off

    December 14, 2013

  • Elena

    Sorry folks I was really looking forward to this but haven't had time to finish the book! Will hopefully join you for the next one. Elena

    December 13, 2013

  • Tamara O.

    I was really looking forward to this, but a family thing has now come up. Enjoy.

    December 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry guys just found out my staff party has been moved and will clash with next week's meeting. Enjoy! Hope to see you in January

    December 7, 2013

  • Cate O.

    This will be my first meetup with this group. I've been meaning to read Burial Rites for the last few months, so I'm glad to finally have the excuse. Looking forward to meeting everyone!

    December 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi all! I've just joined the group and will try to get along to this meetup - I may have to cancel at the last minute if I can't get the books read in time.

    November 19, 2013

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