"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. As by the one, health is preserved, strengthened, and invigorated: by the other, virtue (which is the health of the mind) is kept alive, cherished, and confirmed."
Joseph Addison, The Tatler no. 147 (1709) 
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. 

For the most updated advice for your regions, please check https://www.australia.gov.au/. And if in doubt, please consider meeting online or outdoors – if weather and other circumstances allow.
Literary News
The shortlist for the 2021 Booker Prize was announced on 14th September. The shortlisted novels are A Passage North by Anuk Arudpragasam, The Promise by Damon Galgut, No One is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood, The Fortune Men by Nadifa Mohamed, Bewilderment by Richard Powers, and Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead.
Life After Lockdown

There is no denying 2021 has been tough, especially as we were expecting bigger and brighter things following on from 2020.  

With the easing of restrictions finally here, we have been reflecting on what brought us joy, the more pleasant side of lockdowns, and what we want to retain now that things are returning to normal.  

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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.  

Please visit the Book Catalogue page to download your copy. 

News From Book Groups
This month we received a wonderful reaction from the Mullumbimby Huon Books group via their secretary Christina Hart that we just had to share:  

The Light Between The Oceans 

“This book was one of the most highly acclaimed our group had ever read - both as a book group read and in our individual reading lives.  Some comments from our members include: "one of the best books ever"; "well written; not a word wasted"; "the characters all had a purpose; the plot unravelled at exactly the right speed; "hit the spot with my fascination with lighthouses"; "one of the saddest books I've ever read." 

"Two people said they had cried at the end. So, all in all, this book engendered a very strong connection from us all, with much emotion. And of course, the issues of World War I and its social and psychological aftermath for so many survivors and relatives.” 

‘The Light Between The Oceans’ by M.L. Stedman can be found on page 32 of Dialogue.  

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

Elizabeth Bennet is a character from which book? (* Answer at the bottom of the newsletter) 

October Giveaway

This month we have 2 lovely editions to give away. 

Apples Never Fall, by Lianne Moriarty 

From the outside, the Delaneys appear to be an enviably contented family. Even after all these years, former tennis coaches Joy and Stan are still winning tournaments, and now that they’ve sold the family business they have all the time in the world to learn how to ‘relax’. Their four adult children are busy living their own lives, and while it could be argued they never quite achieved their destinies, no-one ever says that out loud. 

But now Joy Delaney has disappeared and her children are re-examining their parents' marriage and their family history with fresh, frightened eyes. Is her disappearance related to their mysterious house guest from last year? Or were things never as rosy as they seemed in the Delaney household?  

Thanks to Pan Macmillan 

 

How We Became Human, by Tim Dean 

Over thousands of years, humans have developed mechanisms to help us live together in ever-larger social groups. We developed a set of ‘moral emotions’ such as empathy, guilt and outrage, as well as a tendency to favour people in our in-groups and a propensity to punish perceived wrongdoers. 

Our culture also evolved, giving us powerful tools like religion and politics that could expand community sizes and maintain moral order. While these mechanisms served our ancestors well, though, our evolved sense of right and wrong is out of step with the modern world. Social media can turn outrage into an addiction, gender equality is still hampered by caveman thinking, and implicit bias turns to explicit oppression. How do we separate what’s natural from what’s right? How can we reshape our thinking to thrive in the modern world? 

Here one of Australia’s brightest philosophers charts the evolution of morality from the first humans to today, and shows us how we can turn towards a better future. 

Thanks to Pan Macmillan 

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 heritage. Include your name and postal address. Entries close on Friday 5th November. We will notify the winners and we may use their answers on social media.  

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*Answer: Pride and Prejudice 

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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