‘If we encountered a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what
books he read.’ 

Ralph Waldo Emerson,
Letters and Social Aims (1876), Quotation and Originality. 

National Wattle Day & Eight Great Australian Novels 

Spring symbolises the end of winter and a time for renewal as the weather becomes warmer and trees spring to life. September 1st was also National Wattle Day – a day celebrating Australia’s national floral emblem, land and history.

What better way to celebrate our national emblem than think about Australia’s equally rich contribution to literature. These eight must-read novels from Dialogue explore our unique history, landscape and culture.  

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Literary News

The Booker Prize shortlist was announced on 6 September. Here are the shortlisted works:

The winner will be announced on 17 October. 


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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Items of Interest
ABC Radio News recently featured an Interview with renowned Australian author Tim Winton on their podcast The Book Show. Originally recorded in front of a live studio audience in Perth, for their Big Weekend of Books on-air writers’ festival. Tim shares with listeners a life of accidents, successes, and the business of ‘useless beauty’.  
September Featured Book

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly [B1555] 

This is a remarkable true story. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is the diary of Jean-Dominique Bauby who, only using his left eyelid (the sole surviving muscle after a massive stroke) dictated his experiences of being locked inside his body. A masterpiece and a bestseller in France, it became a major motion picture directed by Julian Schnabel. On 8 December 1995, Bauby suffered a massive stroke and slipped into a coma. 

When he regained consciousness three weeks later, the only muscle left functioning was in his left eyelid, though his mind remained as active and alert as ever. He spent most of 1996 writing this book, letter by letter, blinking as an alphabet was repeatedly read out to him. This memoir was published in France on Thursday 6th March 1997 and was immediately hailed as a masterpiece. Sadly, just three days later, he died. This book records Bauby’s lonely existence and is probably the most remarkable book about the triumph of the human spirit and the ability to invent a life for oneself in the most appalling of circumstances. Starring Mathieu Amalric, the film version was won Best Director at Cannes Film Festival. 
Semptember Giveaway

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

Rise & Shine, by Patrick Allington 

Each morning, the last humans start their day with graphic footage from the front. This is what sustains them - literally. In a world where eight billion souls have perished, the survivors huddle together apart, perpetually at war, in the city-states of Rise and Shine. Yet this war, far from representing their doom, is their means of survival.

For their leaders have found the key to life when crops, livestock, and the very future have been blighted - a key that turns on each citizen being moved by human suffering. The question is, with memories still bright of all the friends they’ve lost, all the experience they’ll never know, will compassion be enough? Or must they succumb to, or even embrace, darker desires? This is a tale that speaks to our troubled times, a Kafkaesque fable of hope and imagination. 

Thanks to Scribe.

Missing, by Tom Patterson 

In 1972 Mark May is eighteen. He is bright, beautiful and has a scholarship to study law. Ten years later he descends alone into remote gorge country in north-western New South Wales. The troubled young man lives in rough camps and continues there for thirty-five years. Then, on a feeling, his brothers go looking for him.

Missing is a true story of immense emotional force. It tells of a broken life and a ruptured family but is also a spare and eloquent story of survival that carries a deep humanity.  

Thanks to Allen & Unwin 

Second Innings: On men, mental health and cricket by Barry Nicholls 

A reflection on Barry Nicholls' life, Second Innings, explores the author’s struggle with mental health and the road to recovery, using his love of the game of cricket to make sense of it all. Set partly in the present, Second Innings includes flashbacks through five decades of life and focuses particularly on the lives of the men across the generations of Barry Nicholls' own family, and tells the story of Barry’s journey from teacher to print journalist to broadcaster.

Second Innings shows what can happen when long-term unresolved anxiety takes hold and it demonstrates the value of finding compassionate and understanding medical professionals who provide a path toward the light when all seems lost. As Greg Chappell helps teach this writer, in life there is always a second innings. 

Thanks to Fremantle Press 

The Accidental Tour Guide by Mary Moody 

The irrepressible Mary Moody knows better than anyone the joy of breaking new ground and discovering new frontiers. She is the bestselling author of Au Revoir and Last Tango In Toulouse, and her life as a journalist, TV and radio presenter, popular gardening guru and inveterate traveller has been an inspiration to thousands of women for decades. 

But when Moody loses two of the people she loves most - her beloved husband and the half-sister she had only just been reunited with - her world is turned upside down. Part of her journey to recovery is her decision to boldly go where she has never been before, both in her travels as a tour guide and in her everyday life. This leads to exploring uncharted territories in Morocco and a wrenching move from her beloved mountain home and garden to make a fresh start while rediscovering her passions: travel, gardening, food, family and the joy of new adventures. A warm, heartbreakingly moving and thoroughly entertaining story of how to rebuild your life without the people who matter most.  

Thanks to Simon & Schuster 

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 perseverance against the odds. Include your name and postal address. Entries close on Friday October 7th. We will notify the winners and we may use their answers on social media. 

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