July 2014 Book Club - 'A Town Like Alice' and 'My Brilliant Career'

  • July 19, 2014 · 2:00 PM
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Hello Book lovers,

We selected our books for the July 2014 meeting.

"A Town Like Alice" by Nevil Shute
"My Brilliant Career" by Miles Franklin

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.

"A Town Like Alice" by Nevil Shute

Jean Paget is just twenty years old and working in Malaya when the Japanese invasion begins. When she is captured she joins a group of other European women and children whom the Japanese force to march for miles through the jungle - an experience that leads to the deaths of many. Due to her courageous spirit and ability to speak Malay, Jean takes on the role of leader of the sorry gaggle of prisoners and many end up owing their lives to her indomitable spirit. While on the march, the group run into some Australian prisoners, one of whom, Joe Harman, helps them steal some food, and is horrifically punished by the Japanese as a result. After the war, Jean tracks Joe down in Australia and together they begin to dream of surmounting the past and transforming his one-horse outback town into a thriving community like Alice Springs.

"My Brilliant Career" by Miles Franklin
Trapped on her parents' farm in the hardscrabble Australian outback, sixteen-year-old Sybylla Melvyn loves the bush but not the toil it brings. She longs for refinement, and most of all she longs to achieve great things. Suddenly she falls under the gaze of wealthy, handsome Harry Beecham …and finds herself choosing between the conventional path of marriage and her plans for a ‘brilliant career’.

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  • Samantha

    What's the book and date for the next one? I would've liked to be there today. Hopefully next time..

    July 19

    • Earl C.

      The date is August 23rd, the books are 'Trainspotting'­ by Welsh and 'The Railway Man' by Lomax. Hope to see you next time.

      1 · July 20

  • Laura H.

    dammit - went to Grace Darlington by mistake and left my phone behind so couldn't check...Enjoyed the book tho!

    July 19

    • Earl C.

      Sorry you missed it Laura.

      July 20

  • Sandile

    My first ever book club meet up and I really enjoyed it! Thanks for the fun and stimulating conversation and hopefully see you all soon.

    1 · July 19

  • Francesco O.

    Good time, good people!

    1 · July 19

  • Vanessa

    I won't be able to join you there today. I was looking forward to meeting you and chatting and discussing this cracker of a book ( loving it). Have fun and I will stay posted for July. Good wishes, Vanessa

    June 14

    • Earl C.

      No worries Vanessa, hope to see you next month.

      June 15

  • Vanessa

    Dear everyone,

    June 14

  • Vanessa

    Dear everyone,

    June 14

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