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“Reading is a way to live more lives, to experience more worlds, to meet people we care about and want to know more about, to understand others and develop a compassion for what they confront and endure.”
- Roxanne J. Coady, 2006
Book Groups Update
A reminder that Book Group enrolments for 2021 were due on March 31st. Enrolment forms are available from our website or you can phone (03) 9652 0611 to enrol. 

Please continue to check restrictions in your state or territory so you can meet safely, while practising good hygiene and social distancing. Thank you to all our groups for your support. If you have any queries, please feel free to get in touch with us at
Literary News
The Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) announced their winners on 2nd May:
Literary Feasts
Do you love exploring fiction that features food? Here are some of our favourites.
Book Group venue in Park Orchards
CAE has received an offer from a café in Park Orchards. They have a cosy setting that would suit a Book Group who would like to vary their meetings from always in a member’s home.

The café can offer supper and drinks to groups at reasonable prices and the group can have the venue to themselves. If anyone is interested, please email and let us know.
Clunes Booktown 2021
The annual Clunes Booktown fair is back on May 29-30, after the disappointment of a lockdown in 2020. This year CAE will be speaking at a Book Clubs workshop on Sunday May 30th. It would be great to see some of our members there.
Tribute to Betty Louise Hull
Syndal 1 Book Group has been going for 58 years. While none of the founding members are with us any longer, Betty Louise Hull – who joined in 1988 – is resigning.

The original concept of the group was to get young mothers interested in books, and have an evening out once a month to discuss a book with like-minded women. The concept has changed as people have left and moved away. Now we are all retired, but we still meet monthly, and have an active discussion followed by a sumptuous lunch – and the odd drop of wine.

We have graduated from young mums to grandmothers, with our average age near 78 years young, but still thoroughly enjoying our monthly catch-ups. The group seems more like family – we care about each other, and so it breaks our hearts to say ‘au revoir’ to our darling Louise.

She has been a great contributor over the decades. Her gentle demeanour, brilliant knowledge and humility are our great loss. Loyal, courageous and strong - know that you are admired and loved. Louise, you will be greatly missed by your Book Club Buddies.
May Giveaway
This month we have 2 of our two-book packs to give away!

Hitler’s Lost Spy by Greg Clancy

Swiss born Nazi spy, Annette Wagner spent two years in Australia. Working as a radio broadcaster in 1938, she transmitted coded messages to Nazi intelligence prior to the outbreak of World War 2. This amazing story, overlooked in the National Archives for nearly seventy years, is now available.

Thanks to Sunda Publications.
Quichotte by Salman Rushdie

Acclaimed and international author Salman Rushdie has created a modern Don Quixote. Inspired by the Cervantes classic, a writer of spy thrillers creates Quichotte, a TV-obsessed salesman who falls for a beautiful starlet. With his (imaginary) son Sancho, he embarks on a quest across America in a picaresque adventure through a country on the verge of spiritual collapse.  

Thanks to Vintage.
Crossings by Alex Landrigan

A Paris bookbinder finds a manuscript containing three stories. The first is a letter from the poet Baudelaire, the second a wartime romance of 1940 when the Germans invade, and the third is an autobiography of an immortal sorcerer. Crossings is a remarkable novel, crafted in such a way that readers can explore it in more than one way: a puzzle and a love story unlike any other.

Thanks to Picador.
Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

Flight 2977 leaves Newark headed for Los Angeles. Among the passengers is a Wall Street boy wonder millionaire, an injured Afghanistan veteran; and two parents moving across the country with their adolescent sons. When the plane crashes in a Colorado field, the younger of the sons, 12-year-old Edward, is the only survivor. Dear Edward tells the stories of these doomed passengers and Edward’s life in the aftermath as he struggles with loss, sudden fame, and survival.

Thanks to Penguin Viking.

Anyone is welcome to enter. To go in the draw, simply email us at and let us know your favourite speculative fiction novel. Include your name and postal address. Entries close on Friday 4th June. We will notify the winners and we may use their answers on social media.

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