‘I had an interesting day’s reading yesterday, with the sudden sensation of being in close contact with what I was reading... But as for reading, how curious it is: all these books, their lore of the ages, waiting to be embraced but usually slipping out of one’s nerveless hands on to the floor. When one reads properly it is as if a third person is present.’ 
E. M. Forster, Selected Letters, 1957 
Book Group Update
Our thoughts and support are with the Book Groups in areas that are still dealing with the continued aftermath of the devastating floods. For support please visit the National Recovery and Resilience Agency website. To donate, please visit Red Cross Australia.   
Literary News

The 2022 Clunes Booktown Festival will run from April 30th to 1st May. Once again, CAE Book Groups will be participating, this time in person.  

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The Stella Prize shortlist for 2022 has been announced. Making the shortlist this year are: 

·        TAKE CARE by Eunice Andrada (Giramondo Publishing) 

·        Dropbear by Evelyn Araluen (University of Queensland Press)  

·        No Document by Anwen Crawford (Giramondo Publishing)  

·        Bodies of Light by Jennifer Down (Text Publishing) 

·        Stone Fruit by Lee Lai (Fantagraphics) 

·        Homecoming by Elfie Shiosaki (Magabala Books) 

Commemorating Anzac Day

As Australians, there is no day in our national calendar that commands more respect and regard than Anzac Day.  

As Australians and New Zealanders - Anzac Day gives us time to pause and reflect on the realities of war. Here we share nine stories of war from a uniquely Australian perspective, all found in our Book Catalogue - Dialogue.    

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Give the Gift of Choice this Mother's Day
News From Book Groups
ROSANNA6 celebrates 50 years of book reading in March 2022 
ROSANNA6 is celebrating 50 continuous years of happy book reading. The Group was started in 1972 by young mothers living in the Greensborough/Watsonia/Macleod area of Melbourne as a social group with the theme of reading interesting books.

Over the years the membership has changed and is now retired women but one of our members, Pat Simpson has belonged to the Group since its inception. We don't do a heavy intellectual analysis of books, preferring to use the excellent CAE notes and questions to guide our often spirited and diverse discussions.  We were really glad to celebrate our 50th anniversary with cake, sparkling and a lovely meal at the local hostelry. The photo is of the group, L to R: Angela, Sue, Marj, Wilma, Kay, Janine, Margaret, Fiona. Unfortunately, Pat couldn't attend. 

Fiona Campbell 

Secretary ROSANNA6 

April Giveaway

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

The Survivors, by Jane Harper 

From the author of The Dry. Kieran’s life changed forever on the day a reckless mistake led to devastating consequences. Guilt still haunts him, resurfacing on a visit with his young family to the small coastal community he once called home. His parents are struggling in a town where fortunes are forged by the sea. Between them all is his absent brother. When a body is discovered on the beach, long-held secrets threaten to emerge. A sunken wreck, a missing girl, and questions that have never washed away. 

Thanks to Pan Macmillan 

I’m Thinking of Ending Things, by Iain Reid 

Jake and his girlfriend are on a drive to visit his parents at their remote farm. After dinner at the family home, things begin to get worryingly strange. And when he leaves her stranded in a snowstorm at an abandoned high school later that night, what follows is a chilling exploration of psychological frailty and the limitations of reality. Iain Reid’s intense, suspenseful debut novel will have readers' nerves jangling.

A series of tiny clues sprinkled through the relentlessly paced narrative culminate in a haunting twist on the final page. Reminiscent of Michael Faber’s Under the Skin, Stephen King’s Misery and the novels of Jose Saramago, I’m Thinking of Ending Things is an astonishing and highly original literary thriller that grabs you from the start – and never lets go. 

Thanks to Text  

Kill a Stranger, by Simon Kernick 

Matt comes home to find his fiancée missing… and the body of a woman he’s never seen in their bed. To clear his name and save her, he will have to make an impossible choice. Kate has been snatched in the night, by terrifying men who threaten to kill her. To save herself, she will have to do something unthinkable. How far would you go for the one you love - and just how well do you really know them? This twisting and gripping thriller is a masterclass in page-turning suspense - where nothing is what it seems and no-one can be trusted. 

Thanks to: Headline Publishing 

The Orchard Murders by Robert Gott 

A novel about revenge, obsession, and the dangerous gullibility of religious fanatics. In 1944, in the outer-Melbourne suburb of Nunawading, a brutal triple murder heralds the return of a long-forgotten cult. A man named Anthony Prescott has declared himself the Messiah and has promised his followers immortality. 

There are those who believe him and who are ready to kill in his name. Inspector Titus Lambert of the Melbourne Homicide unit, whose detectives are over-stretched, requests the discreet assistance of Helen Lord and Joe Sable, once members of his unit, now private inquiry agents. The investigation is more perilous than any of them realise, and will have tragic consequences. The Orchard Murders is the fourth novel in Robert Gott’s acclaimed series, set in Melbourne during the dark days of the Second World War. 

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 living on the edge. Include your name and postal address. Entries close on Friday, May 6th. We will notify the winners and we may use their answers on social media. 

April Featured Book

‘The Lacuna’ By Barbara Kingsolver [B2065] 

Told in a mix of narrative forms including diary entries, memoir, letters and newspaper articles. Born in America and raised in Mexico, Harrison Shepherd finds himself working for Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. He meets and befriends the artist Frida Kahlo, goes to work for the Communist Lev Trotsky, and becomes caught up in a world of art and revolution. The second half of the novel shifts to the United States where Harrison is dragged into the public arena through the House Un-American Activities Committee. 

Book group reaction for ‘The Lacuna ’ from Exeter Book Group 

"Universally well received by our members, The Lacuna is not the only novel by Barbara Kingsolver we have read as a group or individually. Comments generally given included; terrific writing, research, humour, encouraging the questioning of beliefs around systems of government, social equality, sexuality and so much more. Highly recommended."

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