Book club sets now with even more biographies

It’s time to revisit the book club set page to see recently added titles. The old list is now out of date with extra sets and new titles replacing some withdrawn sets. There is more non-fiction than ever, and book club readers who enjoy stories of real-life will be delighted to find these compelling stories.

Several biographies have been added including award winning titles such as The Erratics by Vicki Laveau-Harvie. This gripping memoir which tells the story of the author’s dysfunctional relationship with her parents won the 2019 Stella Prize for literature.

The Erratics by Vicki Laveau-Harvie book cover
The Erratics is the 2019 Stella Prize winner.

Wedderburn by Maryrose Cuskelly is contemporary true crime at its best. The gripping story of a grisly triple murder in Central Victoria in October 2014. A true tale of blood and dust and what it takes to provoke a murder.

Wedderburn by Maryrose Cuskelly bookcover
Wedderburn is the true crime writing at its best

No Friend but the Mountains won the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards for Non-fiction and Literature. Kurdish journalist Behrouz Boochani has been held in the Manus Island offshore processing centre since 2013. His book was laboriously tapped out on a mobile phone and translated from Farsi to reveal a voice of witness, an act of survival. A lyric first-hand account. A cry of resistance. A vivid portrait through five years of incarceration and exile.

No Friend But the Mountains by Behrouz Boochani book cover

Get Up Mum by Justin Heazlewood is a memoir of resilience, loneliness, and the adaptations a 12-year-old boy makes to cover up the fact his mother’s illness. Told with youthful exuberance, Get Up Mum is an endearing, entertaining and incredibly powerful memoir about love, family, and coming-of-age.

Get up Mun by Justin Heazlewood bookcover

There is also fiction in the recently added titles. International titles include Anne Tyler’s Clock Dance, Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens and Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker.

Markus Zusak’s Bridge of Clay and the latest Tony Birch novel The White Girl, another outstanding novel by this award- winning Indigenous author, are some Australian fiction.

Preservation is a novel based on the true story of the wreck of the Sydney Cove, by master storyteller Jock Serong who turn his talents to historical narrative. 55 masterfully paints the picture of a remote Western Australian town and its people, swallowed whole by the hunt for a serial killer.

Above: Some recently added Australian fiction book club sets available for loan to all Queensland public libraries.

These great new titles will give book club members lots to talk about! Let your library members know these titles are available now. Sets are available for a short-term loan of 12 weeks and will be sent to the first library that places a hold. Reserve your sets from the online catalogue. For assistance with book clubs contact ic@slq.qld.gov.au