‘A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies... The man who never reads lives only one.’ 
George RR Martin (2011)
Book Groups Update
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 in this difficult time for everyone. If you have any queries, please feel free to get in touch with us at bookgroups@cae.edu.au.
Literary News

The 2021 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards are announced in December. The shortlisted entries for fiction this year are as follows: 

Ultimate Holiday Reading List

Whether you are spending your holidays by the pool, bush, mountains, ocean or country - we have curated your ultimate holiday reading list from Dialogue inspired by the theme ‘Australian Summer’.  

From mysteries, coming-of-age tales, true stories, romance and domestic dramas - there is something for everyone - all set in the backdrop of the blistering Australian Summer.  

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2022 Dialogue

The next issue of Dialogue is available for digital download and hard copy with new additions to enjoy with your group.  

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News From Book Groups

This will be our last newsletter of 2021. In a year of highs and lows, the Book Group team would like to thank all book group members and secretaries for their incredible support over 2021.  

The team will be unavailable from the 22nd December until Tuesday the 4th January, but we look forward to chatting to you again in 2022.  

Wishing you all a very happy festive season!  

As we near the end of the year, we would also like to acknowledge two of our most long-standing book groups who will be finishing up in 2021. 

Nunawading 1 Book Group ran for an incredible 56 years after starting in 1965 and Glenroy Book Group is disbanding after 45 years - they started in 1976. 

Thank you to these two wonderful groups, we hope you have many years of precious memories from your time with Book Groups. 

Book Group Venue In Park Orchards

CAE has a standing offer from a café in Park Orchards that offer a cosy setting which would suit any Book Group interested in varying their schedule of meeting exclusively in members’ homes. 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, email bookgroups@cae.edu.au and let us know. 

Literature Quiz Question of the Month

Who is the director of the movie based on Yann Martel's 'Life Of Pi'? (* Answer at the bottom of the newsletter) 

December Giveaway

This month we have 2 x 2 lovely editions to give away.

Diving into Glass, by Caro Llewellyn 

Caro Llewellyn was living her dream life in her adopted home of New York, directing an international literary festival. Then one day, running in Central Park, she lost all sensation in her legs. Two days later she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Caro was no stranger to tragedy. Her father Richard contracted polio at the age of twenty and spent the rest of his life in a wheelchair. 

Dignified, undaunted and ingenious, he was determined to make every day count, not least seducing his nurse while still confined to an iron lung, then marrying her. But when Caro was herself blindsided by illness, cut loose from everything she depended on, she couldn’t summon any of the grace and courage she’d witnessed growing up. She was furious, toxic, humiliated. Only by looking back at her father’s extraordinary example was she able to rediscover her own grit and find a way forward, rebuilding her life shard by shard. An emotionally brutal memoir of family, vulnerability and purpose, Diving into Glass is a searing, often funny portrait of the realities of disability and an intimate account of two lives filled with vigour and audacity. 

Thanks to Penguin 

Mayflies, by Andrew O’Hagan 

Everyone has a Tully Dawson: the friend who defines your life. In the summer of 1986, in a small Scottish town, James and Tully ignite a brilliant friendship based on music, films and the rebel spirit. With school over and the locked world of their fathers before them, they rush towards the climax of their youth: a magical weekend in Manchester, the epicentre of everything that inspires them in working-class Britain.

There, against the greatest soundtrack ever recorded, a vow is made: to go at life differently. Thirty years on, half a life away, the phone rings. Tully has news. Mayflies is a memorial to youth’s euphoria and to everyday tragedy. A tender goodbye to an old union, it discovers the joy and the costs of love.  

Thanks to Allen & Unwin 

The Fogging, by Luke Horton 

A compelling tale of the slow disintegration of a relationship and the unravelling of a man. Tom and Clara are two struggling academics in their mid-thirties, who decide to take their first holiday in ten years. On the flight over to Indonesia, Tom experiences a debilitating panic attack, something he hasn’t had in a long time, which he keeps hidden from Clara.

At the resort, they meet Madeleine, a charismatic French woman, her Australian partner, Jeremy, and five-year-old son, Ollie, and the two couples strike up an easy friendship. 

The holiday starts to look up, even to Tom, who is struggling to get out of his own head. But when Clara and Madeleine become trapped in the maze-like grounds of the hotel during 'the fogging’ - a routine spraying of pesticide - the dynamics suddenly shift between Tom and Clara, and the atmosphere of the holiday darkens. Told with equal parts compassion and irony, and brimming with observations that charm, illuminate, and devastate, The Fogging dives deep into what it means to be strong when your foundation is built on sand.      

Thanks to Scribe 

Honeybee by Craig Silvey 

Late in the night, fourteen-year-old Sam Watson steps onto a quiet overpass, climbs over the rail and looks down at the road far below. At the other end of the same bridge, an old man, Vic, smokes his last cigarette. The two see each other across the void. A fateful connection is made, and an unlikely friendship blooms. Slowly, we learn what led Sam and Vic to the bridge that night. Bonded by their suffering, each privately commits to the impossible task of saving the other.

 Honeybee is a heart-breaking, life-affirming novel that throws us headlong into a world of petty thefts, extortion plots, botched bank robberies, daring dog rescues and one spectacular drag show. At the heart of Honeybee is Sam: a solitary, resilient young person battling to navigate the world as their true self; ensnared by a loyalty to a troubled mother, scarred by the volatility of a domineering step-father, and confounded by the kindness of new alliances. Honeybee is a tender, profoundly moving novel brimming with vivid characters and luminous words. It’s about two lives forever changed by a chance encounter - one offering hope, the other redemption. It’s about when to persevere, and when to be merciful, as Sam learns when to let go, and when to hold on. 

Thanks to Allen & Unwin 

Anyone is welcome to enter. To go in the draw, simply email us at competition@cae.edu.au and let us know your favourite books about life-changing events. Include your name and postal address. Entries close on Friday 7th January. We will notify the winners and we may use their answers on social media. 

Upcoming Classes

French For Travellers

6 classes,
10 Jan - 14 Feb 
Monday, 6:00pm - 8:00pm 
$274 / $260 (conc) 

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Jewellery Making

2 classes,
16 Jan & 23 Jan 
Saturday, 10:00am - 4:00pm 
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Children's Book Illustration
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29 Jan - 19 Feb
Saturday, 10:00am - 1:00pm 
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*Answer: Ang Lee. 

Do you have a literature themed trivia question that will stump our readers? Please email it through to bookgroups@cae.edu.au.

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