Book Club

Dawe to pastures new
Dianne Dempsey
Bryan Dawe says he is waiting for more time to pass so he can spend time thinking about and grieving for his much loved friend and colleague, John Clarke. Since Clarke passed away in April, Dawe has been involved in both private and public events memorialising his mate but now he is looking ..
22-Jun-2017
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Convict sleuths probe death
Rosalea Ryan
If there’s one thing even more engrossing than a carefully-researched historical novel with the name “Thomas Keneally” on the cover, it’s one crafted by Keneally in partnership with his daughter Meg. One of Australia’s most prolific and successful authors, Kenea..
15-Jun-2017
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High-seas histrionics
Rosalea Ryan
ON an ocean liner bound for the far side of the world, everyone’s running away from something – or so it’s safe to assume, considering that perfectly contented, secure individuals rarely uproot themselves from a successful, established life in order to start afresh. When Li..
08-Jun-2017
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Tales of life's journey
Dianne Dempsey
With this is her second book Sally Van Gent has established herself as a valuable contributor to the Australian literary scene. As with her first book, Clay Gully, which described the trials and tribulations of setting up a heritage apple orchard in Bendigo, Van Gent has the admirable skill ..
01-Jun-2017
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Story of a matriarch
Rosalea Ryan
Ellen Quinn is barely 18 years-of-age when she falls under the spell of emancipated convict John ‘Red’ Kelly, 30. Ellen’s family have been in Australia for almost a decade, having emigrated from the northern tip of Ireland as free settlers shortly before the potato famine ..
25-May-2017
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Island life and death
Rosalea Ryan
Long-time residents say that “incomers” moving to Sanday, one of the outermost of the scattered Orkney islands off the north-east corner of Scotland, are generally running away from something. Mike Jones is no exception – so when traces of a human skeleton are unearthed from th..
19-May-2017
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Breaking free of the herd
Rosalea Ryan
Thirty-six-year-old Camilla Stacey is confident, frank, fulfilled and secure in her choices to not have children, to eschew emotional relationships with men and to speak her mind daily via the immensely successful blog HowItIs.com. In the eyes of her half a million readers Cam is an idol; t..
11-May-2017
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Fast-talking flashbacks
Rosalea Ryan
SHE’S played Craig T Nelson’s daughter, Alexis Bledel’s mother, David Sutcliffe’s wife, Ray Romano’s fiancée and her real-life boyfriend’s sister in a Hollywood career that has rarely allowed more than a moment’s downtime. Fans..
04-May-2017
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Behind the beach facade
Rosalea Ryan
Ned has done the unthinkable: squandered his severely disabled sister’s entire insurance payout. It was an investment that should have supported Angela for the rest of her life, challenging though that existence is, but now the funds are gone – swallowed up by a childhood friend..
27-Apr-2017
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Torn in two
Rosalea Ryan
All Fall Down Cassandra Austin Penguin, $29.99 As if a typical tiny country town doesn’t have enough social divisions separating its people, now Mulukuk’s only bridge has collapsed, severing the sole physical link that once connected the dusty opal-mining communit..
20-Apr-2017
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Fair time to buy books
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo Easter Book Fair is back this weekend. This is your annual chance to stock up on a year’s worth of books to keep you well read, at good prices too. It’s not only books either, you’ll find magazines, records, CDs and DVDs. This year the club has donated $..
13-Apr-2017
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Road No Good
Rosalea Ryan
When a well-travelled, energetic young middle-class New Zealander arrives in Luganville, Vanuatu, she sees immediately that it’s more than merely her street – the literally named Road No Good – that’s in need of improvement. Deployed to the country’s sec..
13-Apr-2017
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Recreation gone wrong
Rosalea Ryan
It has all the makings of a leisurely couple of weeks of sightseeing by day and sipping wine around a campfire at dusk – either that or a tension-filled nightmare in which four 30-somethings snap and snarl at each other as the ceaseless forced proximity sets tempers alight. When two co..
06-Apr-2017
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Questions asked
Dianne Dempsey
Marlene Gunn’s memoir is an elegy and a cry of pain for the death of her beautiful son Billy Gunn. Billy was handsome, smart, a Bendigo boy originally from Mildura, and he died at just 32 years old in 2001. More pertinently, her book is also an investigation into the circumstance..
30-Mar-2017
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Family torn apart
Rosalea Ryan
Berlin, 1939: With her blue eyes, blonde hair and smooth creamy skin, Hannah Rosenthal is the physical epitome of all that is truly German – in every way but one. Hannah’s parents, Max and Alma, are German Jews. Even as an image of Hannah circulates on the cover of a Nazi propaga..
23-Mar-2017
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Supportive sisterhood
Rosalea Ryan
Three women, one sadness: an apparently terminal prognosis delivered to an ovarian cancer patient whose mother died years earlier of the same disease. When 40-year-old Alice is first told of her condition she is paralysed by shock, unable to contemplate the effect her likely death will have ..
16-Mar-2017
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Three-way tussle
Rosalea Ryan
IN the midst of a tug-of-war for possession, a portrait goes missing, spirited away in the heat of a bitter custody battle between the subject’s husband and her painter-turned-lover in 1970s Frankfurt. The situation is complex: enchanting Irene Adler is the wife of powerful industriali..
02-Mar-2017
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Survival against the odds
Rosalea Ryan
Shanghai, in the early decades of the 20th century, is a city very much divided, if not strictly along geographic lines then socially at least – Chinese, British, French, with further divisions within each ethnic group. Jialing is barely seven years old when her mother leaves their sma..
23-Feb-2017
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Island intrigue
Rosalea Ryan
Inheriting property on a previously unfamiliar North Sea island has never been part of Englishwoman Emma’s grand life plan. When great-aunt Freda bequeaths her estate to Emma, the 30-something insurance clerk’s unremarkable day-to-day existence in Newcastle is unexpectedly disrup..
17-Feb-2017
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Living the boyhood dream
Rosalea Ryan
Some athletes have a fascinating story to tell but aren’t natural storytellers. Others can communicate beautifully but don’t necessarily have much out of the ordinary to share. And then there’s Cadel Evans: son, father, friend, idol and almost certainly Australia’s gr..
09-Feb-2017
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