Once again, a spirited discussion over books read, lots of books to swap or take to read. A few spy and crime book’s this month. Books read were Jasper Jones, Eleanor Olivant a debut novel by Gail Honeyman, The Gate at the Top of the Stairs by Laurie Moore. The Bookshop was read, the film was shown recently in Benalla, proving the point if people don’t support a project it will fail. Queen of the Spies about a woman who was a leading spy in the UK, a bit dull in parts. Renoir’s Dancer was enjoyed, a woman who was an artist’s model and became an artist herself, our reader pointed out women painters never receive the same recognition as men. Name Dropping by Kate Fitzpatrick, an easy style and enjoyable read. The Ladies in Black related the true story of Lillian Armfield the first female detective in Sydney appointed in the 1920’s in the days of the Razor Gangs. A Pleasure and a Calling by Phil Hogan, this book caused a deal of laughter as the main character was a Real Estate Agent who had keys to many homes in the town and got up to a bit of mischief. Salt Creek by Lucy Treloar was an excellent Australian story, as was Absolution Creek. The Prisoner by Kerry Tucker with Craig Henderson is written about the author’s time spent in prison for fraud; released in 2007, she became the person who welcomed and assisted new prisoners. The series Wentworth on television was based on this book. See you all on the 4th September.
We began our July meeting with Lorraine having read The Stealth Raiders, a book relating to Australian soldiers in the 1918 War, which then led to a discussion and history lesson on Sir John Monash and the Benalla bridge, most interesting insights to all these events.
We then went on to Annie Molloy which Liane Moriarty had written the prologue for. Alice contributed with a chat on Psychodrama and also the Essence of Tai Ji. The Queen of Katwe by Tim Crothers set in the slums of Uganda was a good story now a movie, about a 15 year old girl who learnt to play Chess and went on to play world competitions. Three Wandering Poms, 3 girls who came here as Ten pound Poms went off around Australia on Motorbikes.
The Naturalist’s Daughter by Tea Cooper, a girl whose father in 1808, did ground breaking studies on the platypus and subsequently died being stung by one, was given the task of taking his findings to Joseph Banks at the Royal Society in London, but unfortunately they wouldn’t accept this from a woman. Big discussion followed this revelation.
The Q & A Collection a series written by Margaret Throsby and Peter McCormack was fun, and Lyn spoke about artist Frida Kahlo a Mexican Artist who currently has a painting in the NGV. Welcome to My Country written by the daughter of Roy Marika who began the Land Rights Movement, this book was written about aboriginal customs.
Such an interesting meeting of book lovers and some good robust discussions about life in general. See you all in August.
About 'Let's Talk Books'
Have you read a good book you would like to share with others? Bring your book along to the Benalla Library and tell the group about it. This is a casual discussion group about books, papers or magazines we have read and enjoyed. You will hear about books others have read that you may be interested in reading too.
Convenor/s and contact details
Geraldine McCorkell 5762 2134
0408 522 662
Currently: 1st Tuesday 2 - 4 pm at the home of Lorraine Knox, 51 Bridge Street, Benalla, two doors up from the Shell roadhouse
When available: 1st Tuesday 2-4 pm Benalla Library Meeting Room