What we're about

We're a book club that meets once a month to discuss, dissect and argue about our chosen monthly book.

We read anything - classics, contemporary fiction, prize winners, prize losers, best sellers and even the occasional non-fiction book. If a book gets a good recommendation, we'll give it a shot.

We also have a "what I'm reading" segment on the night - a great way to consolidate the bedside table stash of books.

So, if you're passionate about literature, come join us!

Some housekeeping information:

We meet in the city centre on a Wednesday evening at a pub or restaurant. Members can choose to share a meal and/or a drink, or simply enjoy the conversation. Books are selected two months in advance by a vote during the meeting.

To help cover Meetup fees and contribute to the EOY second-hand santa gifts, members donate $2 at each of our monthly bookclubs (but not at other ticketed events).

If you RSVP yes to one of our meetups but can no longer make it, please update your RSVP. This allows the organiser time to amend the restaurant booking, and someone on the waitlist to take your spot. It's absolutely fine to change your RSVP but anyone who 'no-shows' will be removed from the group. No-shows are unfair to restaurant staff, wait list members, and the event organiser.

Upcoming events (3)

Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy #1) by Chinua Achebe

Royal Melbourne Hotel

Goodreads says:
More than two million copies of Things Fall Apart have been sold in the United States since it was first published here in 1959. Worldwide, there are eight million copies in print in fifty different languages. This is Chinua Achebe's masterpiece and it is often compared to the great Greek tragedies, and currently sells more than one hundred thousand copies a year in the United States.

A simple story of a "strong man" whose life is dominated by fear and anger, Things Fall Apart is written with remarkable economy and subtle irony. Uniquely and richly African, at the same time it reveals Achebe's keen awareness of the human qualities common to men of all times and places

Other book suggestions:
Joseph Fouché: Portrait of a Politician
by Stefan Zweig, Cedar Paul (Translator), M. Eden Paul (Translator)

The Safe Place
by Anna Downes

RSVP courtesy: If you can no longer attend a Meetup please update your RSVP to allow the host time to amend restaurant bookings and to allow those on the waitlist to attend.

Meetup fees: To help cover Meetup fees and contribute to the EOY party gifts, please donate $2 at each of our monthly bookclubs (but not at other ticketed events). *No-shows and late cancels are unfair to restaurant staff and the event host and will result in removal from the group.*

The Dangers of Smoking in Bed: Stories Mariana Enríquez

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Goodreads says:
Mariana Enriquez has been critically lauded for her unconventional and sociopolitical stories of the macabre: populated by unruly teenagers, crooked witches, homeless ghosts, and hungry women, they walk the uneasy line between urban realism and horror. The stories in her next collection are as terrifying as they are socially conscious, and press into being the unspoken -- fetish, illness, the female body, the darkness of human history -- with unsettling urgency. A woman is sexually obsessed with the human heart; a lost, rotting baby crawls out of a backyard and into a bedroom; a pair of teenage girls can't let go of their idol; an entire neighborhood is cursed to death by a question of morality they fail to answer correctly.

Written against the backdrop of contemporary Argentina, and with resounding tenderness towards those in pain, in fear, and in limbo, this new collection from one of Argentina's most exciting writers finds Enriquez at her most sophisticated, and most chilling.

RSVP courtesy: If you can no longer attend a Meetup please update your RSVP to allow the host time to amend restaurant bookings and to allow those on the waitlist to attend.

Meetup fees: To help cover Meetup fees and contribute to the EOY party gifts, please donate $2 at each of our monthly bookclubs (but not at other ticketed events). *No-shows and late cancels are unfair to restaurant staff and the event host and will result in removal from the group.*

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