Book Clubs

Elemental, The Sinkings and Inherited are ideal books for book clubs, each offering opportunities for lively discussion among readers.

Book clubs interested in purchasing copies may order direct from UWA Publishing (free postage in Australia; links below), but please also consider ordering through your local bookshop. We love our wonderful independent booksellers and want to keep them in business!

I’m always happy to visit or talk to book clubs if circumstances—and my other commitments—make this possible. Please feel free to send a message via the Contact Me page.

elemental-front-coverElemental

Discussion points include:

  • the herring girls (early 20th-century Scotland)
  • women’s work (fishwives; herring industry; Mills & Ware biscuit factory, early 20th-century Fremantle)
  • gender issues
  • memory
  • superstition
  • heroism, sacrifice
  • immigration, belonging

On the UWA Publishing Elemental page, you can read cover description and reviews, download book club notes, watch trailer, read extract, and buy books direct

sinkings_cover copyThe Sinkings

Discussion points include:

  • intersex (19th century/late 20th century)
  • socially/genetically constructed gender
  • fiction, history and truth (read an article on this here)
  • genealogical research
  • mother–child relationships
  • Potato Famine, Ireland
  • tenement Glasgow (mid-19th century)
  • colonial Western Australia (19th century)
  • convict transportation

On the UWA Publishing The Sinkings page, you can read cover description, download book club notes, watch trailer, read extract, and buy books direct

inherited_COVERInherited

Discussion points include:

  • short stories—ideal reading for busy people?
  • inheritances (material, genetic, cultural, environmental)
  • memorialisation, grief, loss
  • collecting
  • obsessions
  • memory
  • families, generations

On the UWA Publishing Inherited page, you can read cover description, download book club notes, watch trailer, read extract, and buy books direct

With Tracy Bock’s lovely book club at her Paris Cafe in Guildford

With Tracy Bock’s lovely book club at her Paris Cafe in Guildford

With the fabulous First Edition Book Club—ten years and still going strong (July 2014): Maureen, Apryl, Ronnie, Sally, Linda, Leigh, Dawn, Imelda, Karen, Michelle

With the fabulous First Edition Book Club—ten years and still going strong (July 2014)

I was delighted to be invited to Susan Pearce’s book club for their discussion of Elemental

I was delighted to be invited to Susan Pearce’s book club for their discussion of Elemental

Bowie listened to the discussion, too!

Bowie listened to the discussion, too!

Rose van Son invited me to talk to the lovely ladies of the Gooseberry Hill Book Club. Photo courtesy Arnold van Son

Rose van Son invited me to talk to the lovely ladies of the Gooseberry Hill Book Club, who first got together 40 years ago! Photo courtesy Arnold van Son

The lovely ladies of Janet Moullin’s book club, March 2014, discussing Elemental and enjoying a supper of all things Scottish: smoked salmon, Dundee cake, shortbread. Delicious!

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Thanks to all the book clubs who chose Elemental in 2013. Here are three: Fiona Daga’s group (top); Dot Longnecker’s ‘Read between the Wines’ group (middle); Sandy Boulter’s group (bottom)

4 responses to “Book Clubs

  1. Maureen

    It was an absolute delight to have you attend our book club here in Secret Harbour, Amanda, and we all welcomed the opportunity to become immersed in the life, love and losses of your wee red-haired lassie in Elemental. Wishing you a smooth writing process with your latest novel. We look forward to seeing it on the shelves!

    • Thank you so much, Maureen—it was such a pleasure to talk with you all 🙂 And thanks for those good wishes for the growing pile of paper on my desk!

      • Annette

        Hi Amanda. Wondering if you might be free some time in 2015 to join our book club for a discussion of elemental. We are in shenton park area. I was also trying to track down Stephen daisley and wondered if you had any contact details. We are about to read traitor. Annette

      • Hi Annette. Could you please send me your details via the Contact Me menu? Thanks 🙂

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