When a series of unfortunate incidents forces retired engineer Professor Frederick Lothian and his neighbour, Jan, together, he begins to realise the damage done by the accumulation of a lifetime’s secrets and lies, and to comprehend his own shortcomings. Finally, Frederick Lothian has the opportunity to build something meaningful for the ones he loves. Extinctions is a novel about all kinds of extinction – natural, racial, national and personal – and what we can do to prevent them.
WHY BE HAPPY WHEN YOU
COULD BE NORMAL?
'Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?' is a memoir about a life's work to find happiness. It is the story of how a painful past that Jeanette thought she'd written over and repainted rose to haunt her, sending her on a journey into madness and out again, in search of her biological mother.
Witty, acute, fierce, and celebratory, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? is a tough-minded search for belonging, for love, identity, home, and a mother.
Mrs M, the fifth book but first novel from journalist Luke Slattery, retells just over a decade of Australian history. The narrator is Elizabeth Macquarie, of Sydney's stone chair, wife to Lachlan Macquarie, Governor of New South Wales from 1810 to 1821. The story is told over the course of a night as Elizabeth struggles to write her husband's epitaph.
When Felix is deposed as artistic director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival by his devious assistant and longtime enemy, his production of The Tempest is canceled and he is heartbroken. Reduced to a life of exile in rural southern Ontario—accompanied only by his fantasy daughter, Miranda, who died twelve years ago—Felix devises a plan for retribution.
tHE MUSEUM OF MODERN LOVE
The Museum of Modern Love is more than just that rare treat, a book that requires something of the reader – it is a book that painstakingly prepares you for its own requirements. In a playful way, this bold new novel by Heather Rose is an astute meditation on art, bravery, friendship, love, how to live, and on dying.
THE GLASS CASTLE
This is a startling memoir of a successful journalist's journey from the deserted and dusty mining towns of the American Southwest, to an antique filled apartment on Park Avenue. Jeanette Walls narrates her nomadic and adventurous childhood with her dreaming, 'brilliant' but alcoholic parents. At the age of seventeen she escapes on a Greyhound bus to New York with her older sister; her younger siblings follow later. After pursuing the education and civilisation her parents sought to escape, Jeanette eventually succeeds in her quest for the 'mundane, middle class existence' she had always craved. In her apartment, overlooked by 'a portrait of someone else's ancestor' she recounts poignant remembered images of star watching with her father, juxtaposed with recollections of irregular meals, accidents and police-car chases and reveals her complex feelings of shame, guilt, pity and pride toward her parents.
SLOUCHING TOWARDS BETHLEHEM
THE BIRDMAN'S WIFE
In December we celebrate a year of good reads and, most of all, good company. If you've been to bookclub in 2018, we'd love to celebrate with you over dinner. Details TBC.