Rachael King’s Top Eight Picks for Book Clubs

August 3, 2018


Adventurous Keynote: Robyn Davidson (selling fast – will sell out)

The author of Tracks relives her incredible 2700km journey 40 years ago across the Australian outback, accompanied by stunning National Geographic photos.


Chessie Henry: Earthquakes and Family Ties

This literary memoir is a beautifully written response to the earthquakes, with Chessie Henry and her father Chris Henry, considered a hero of the 2011 earthquake, discussing the impact they have had on their lives, while examining their family story.


Diana Wichtel: Driving to Treblinka

Wichtel’s wise memoir about her father, a Holocaust survivor who escaped to Canada and whose life remained a mystery to his estranged children, encompasses many themes and will give you plenty to discuss.



Catherine Chidgey: Transformations

We waited such a long time for Chidgey’s novel The Wish Child, and then another one – The Beat of the Pendulum – came along the following year! Both novels are meaty, with skilled writing and fascinating themes.


Lloyd Jones in conversation with John Campbell

Don’t miss this conversation between Lloyd Jones and broadcaster/fan John Campbell. It will look at his challenging new novel The Cage, but also range over his entire writing career, finding out what kickstarts Jones’ writing.


Politics of Fiction

A look at how fiction can create empathy across all kinds of divides, with three thoughtful writers – Brannavan Gnanalingam, Pip Adam (winner of the Ockham Award for Fiction for The New Animals) and the delightful Rajorshi Chakraborti who you will fall in love with!


AJ Finn: The Woman in the Window

International smash hit The Woman in the Window is a terrific page turner with all kinds of allusions to great Hitchcock films, and A.J. Finn is charming and engaging in person.



Robin Robertson: The Long Take

Yes, poetry! Robin Robertson has just become the first writer to be long-listed for the Man Booker Prize for a book of poetry, the narrative book-length poem (or novel in verse) The Long Take. He reads beautifully – you’ll be mesmerised. And then you can have a heated discussion about whether it deserves to be on a fiction prize list!

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