‘No one ever reads a book. He reads himself through books, either to discover or to control himself. And the most objective books are the most deceptive. The greatest book is not the one whose message engraves itself on the brain, as a telegraphic message engraves itself on the ticker-tape, but the one whose vital impact opens up other viewpoints, and from writer to reader spreads the fire that is fed by the various essences, until it becomes a vast conflagration leaping from forest to forest.’ 

Romain Rolland, Journey Within (1947) 

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 ongoing support of the program. If you have any queries, please feel free to get in touch with us at bookgroups@cae.edu.au 
National Laziness Day

For several years now, August 10th has been celebrated in the US and a few other countries in the northern hemisphere as National Lazy Day. Why that date? Perhaps it’s easier to relax during summer vacation. For many folks, this gives an excuse to chill out and kick back with a focus on relaxation and wellness.  

With the promise of spring sunshine on the horizon, why not relax with a good book? Here are some lazy reading suggestions, many of them from our catalogue.  

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2022 Dialogue
The 2022 edition of Dialogue is still available for digital download and hard copy with new additions to enjoy with your group.
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Book Group Venue in Park Orchards

CAE has a standing offer from a café in Park Orchards who offer a cosy setting that 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. 
Featured Book

Instructions for a Heatwave [B2179] 

To keep our members warm and cosy during August, we can heartily recommend Instructions for a Heatwave by the wonderful Maggie O’Farrell. An unforgettable narrative-from the New York Times bestselling author of Hamnet, about a family falling apart and coming together with hard-won, life-changing truths about who they really are. Strange weather brings out strange behaviour.

London, 1976. In the thick of a record-breaking heatwave, Gretta Riordan’s newly retired husband has cleaned out his bank account and vanished. Now, for the first time in years, Gretta calls her children home: Michael Francis, a history teacher whose marriage is failing; Monica, whose blighted past has driven a wedge between her and her younger sister; and Aoife, the youngest, whose new life in Manhattan is elaborately arranged to conceal a devastating secret. In a story that stretches from the Upper West Side to a village on the coast of Ireland, Maggie O'Farrell explores the mysteries that inhere within families, and reveals the fault lines over which we build our lives.  
August Giveaway

This month we have 2 x 2 reading selections to give away. 

The Welsh Linnet by AJ Lyndon 

England in the year 1642. Civil War is brewing between King Charles I and his Puritan Parliament. For brothers Will and Harry Lucie, life as officers in the King’s cavalry promises excitement and adventure. But there is danger and suffering ahead for the brothers and their sister Bess. Fortunes of war throw Harry together with grieving widower Gabriel who seeks only escape and oblivion.

None of their lives will ever be the same again. From the slaughter of Edgehill to the defence of doomed fortress Basing House, the story of dishonour and betrayal plays out against the backdrop of “this war without an enemie”. 

Thanks to Tretower Publishing 

Monsters, by Alison Croggon 

From award-winning writer and critic Alison Croggon, Monsters is a hybrid of memoir and essay that takes as its point of departure the painful breakdown of a relationship between two sisters. It explores how our attitudes are shaped by the persisting myths that underpin colonialism and patriarchy, how the structures we are raised within splinter and distort the possibilities of our lives and the lives of others.

Monsters asks how we maintain the fictions that we create about ourselves, what we will sacrifice to maintain these fictions - and what we have to gain by confronting them. 

Thanks to Scribe   

Her Fierce Creatures, by Maria Lewis 

Four women. One world changed forever. It has all come down to this. Werewolf Tommi Grayson always knew she was a weapon, she just needed the right target. Never in a million years did she expect that target to be the current leaders of the supernatural world. Sprite Dreckly Jones has spent the entirety of her 140-years hiding in one form or another. Until now. Having seen enough wars, she should be fleeing from the action.

Yet some battles are unavoidable. Some are destined. Corvossier ‘Casper’ von Klitzing knew this day was coming. Or rather, the ghost of her dead brother Creeper kept telling her so. Repeatedly. The supernatural world is in outright revolt against their government, the Treize, and Casper’s gift to rally the living and the dead is more vital than ever. Banshee Sadie Burke’s bravery was the catalyst for this chaos - and for the unique chance the supernatural world now has to change the balance of power forever. Witches and werewolves working together. Sprites teaming up with shifters. Demons and goblins in cahoots. The human world on the precipice of learning they’re not alone. Yet Sadie’s power came at a cost, three of them in fact, with the future hinging on the birth of her unborn triplets. The four women and their collective of monsters, misanthropes and misfits have no choice but to risk everything to save everything, with their personal prejudices paling in comparison to a possibility … the possibility of a better world for themselves and every being that comes after. 

Thanks to Hachette  

Cop by Valentin Gendrot 

What happens behind the walls of a police station? In order to answer this question, undercover journalist Valentin Gendrot put his life on hold for two years. He decided to undertake training and become a police officer. Several months later, Gendrot was working in a police station in one of Paris’s tough northern arrondissements, where relations between the law and locals are strained.

Valentin Gendrot hides nothing. He witnesses police brutality, racism, blunders, and cover-ups. But he also sees the oppressive working conditions that officers endure, and experiences the tragic suicide of a colleague. Asking important questions about who holds institutional power and how we can hold them to account, Cop is a gripping exposé of a world never before seen by outsiders. 

Thanks to Scribe  

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 monsters and demons. Include your name and postal address. Entries close on Friday September 2nd. We will notify the winners and we may use their answers on social media.

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