Book Club

St Bart’s Book Club meets on the second Tuesday of each month (excluding January & July) in St Bart’s Cafe, 300 Burnley Street, Richmond. Each Book Club gathering will be facilitated by the person who nominated the book for discussion. Wine and cheese available. The book for discussion will be posted on this web page.

Meeting date and book, all on 2nd Tuesdays of the month at 7.30 for 7.45pm. (Optional) A Mass is celebrated at 7.00pm prior to the Book Club gathering.

For more information please contact Ann Brady, Convenor, on 0423 723 009 or ajbrady@cobwebs.id.au

2021

The reading list will be updated during the year.  Readers are welcome to make book suggestions for the upcoming months with the aim of a book of around 250-350 pages in length. The Summer and Winter books are longer reads. 

  • 9 February 2021 The Yield  by Tara Winch

Winner of Miles Franklin Literary Award 2020. “Profoundly moving and exquisitely written. The Yield is the story of a people and a culture dispossessed.  But it is as much a celebration of what was and what endures, and a powerful reclaiming of Indigenous language, storytelling and identity.”

  • 9 March 2021. Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

Winner of Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020 and shortlisted for the Booker Prize. It is a fictional account of Shakespeare’s son, Hamnet, who died age 11 in 1596. He was the fraternal twin of Shakespeare’s daughter, Judith. Four years later Shakespeare wrote the play “Hamlet”. It is a story of the bond between twins, and of a marriage pushed to the brink by grief.

  • 13 April 2021. Apeirogon by Colin McCann

This novel is a New York Times Bestseller, which is a beautifully observed masterpiece based on the true-life friendship of two men whose daughters were killed in the Middle East. One of the men is an Israeli, the other is Palestinian.

2020

2020 wasn’t a year to gather!

2019 Books

The reading list is being prepared. The Summer read and the books for March and April will be listed prior to Christmas. Readers are welcome to make book suggestions for the remaining months with the aim of a book of around 250-350 pages in length. The Summer and Winter books are longer reads. 

  • 5 February – Book: Ghost Empire by Richard Fidler (2019 Summer Read)
  • 5 March – Book: The Cockatoos by Patrick White
  • 2 April – Book: King of the Air – The Turbulent Life of Charles Kingsford Smith, by Ann Blainey
  • 7 May – Book: Quaterly Essay, Issue 72, 2018. Net Loss: The Inner Life in the Digital Age, by Sebastian Smee
  • 4 June – Book: Phoebe, by Paula Gooder
  • 2 July – Winter Break
  • 6 August – Book:  The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel (2016)
  • 3 September – Book: The Year of Living Dangerously by Christopher Koch
  • 1 October – Book: The Children’s Bach by Helen Garner
  • 5 November – Books (plural!): Each person to speak for about 10 minutes on a book they have recently read. A feast!!
  • 3 December – Book: A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dicken

2018 Books

  • 6 February – Book: A Long Way from Home, Peter Carey
  • 6 March – Book: Innocent Traitor, Alison Weir
  • 3 April – Book: Romulus, my Father, Raimond Gaita
  • 1 May – Book: Struggletown, Janet McCallum
  • 5 June – Book: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Anne Bronte
  • 3 July – Winter break, no gathering in July 
  • 7 August – Book: The Doubleman, Christopher Koch
  • 4 September – Book: The Nine Tailors, Dorothy Sayers
  • 2 October – Book: Dark Emu, Bruce Pascoe
  • 6 November – Book: Gun Alley, Kevin Morgan
  • 4 December – Book: A Few Right Thinking Men, S D Gentill