3rd Wednesday Book Club- October and November 2012

3rd Wednesday Book Club had a fantastic 2012 . It just keeps getting better and better each year, due in no small part to the enthusiasm and insightful reviews that added so much to our bookish discussions. Thankyou to our lovely members!   

And now for a sneak peak at what’s in store for 3rd Wednsday Book Club in 2013. In October, we’ll be reading biography for ‘Egoreads’. In August, ‘Furreads’, join us in reading about all creatures great and small. Or maybe we’ll see you in July for ‘Artreads’ when we will discuss exactly what it takes to create a good book cover.

We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and safe and book-rich New Year. See you for our first meeting on January 16th, 2013, at 10am here at Nowra Library. Until then, Happy Reading!

And now to round off 2012, here’s a mash up of reads from our final two meetings in October and November:

Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
An Eye for Eternity- the Life of Manning Clark by Mark McKenna
On Writing by Stephen King
The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian
The Street Sweeper by Elliot Perlman
The Letters of Rachel Henning by Rachel Henning
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Wonderful Country by Tom Lea
Cold Light by Frank Moorhouse
A Cat, a Hat and a Piece of String by Joanne Harris
Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan
Various Pets Alive and Dead by Monica Lewycka
The New Republic by Lionel Shriver
Five Bells by Gail Jones
State of the Union by Douglas Kennedy
Unnatural Habits by Kerry Greenwood
Room by Emma Donoghue
Other People’s Country by Maureen Helen
Matilda is Missing by Caroline Overington
Washed in the Blood by Lisa Alther
Man in the Dark by Paul Auster
The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster
Oracle Night by Paul Auster
Travels in the Scriptorium by Paul Auster
Winter Journal by Paul Auster
The Fiftieth Gate by Mark Raphael Baker
A Haunted Love Story by Mark Spencer
Cusp by Josephine Wilson
In the Company of Strangers by Liz Byrski
Me For You by Jo Jo Moyes
War Brides by Helen Bryan
The Mountain by Drusill Modjeska

Most Talked About Books

brooks-calebs-crossing-440x663Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks Geraldine Brooks remains one of our steadfast favourites here at 3rd Wednesday Book Club. Barely a month has gone by when her name has not been mentioned and her work praised. Many of our members have read, and enjoyed, Caleb’s Crossing.


The Letters of Rachel Henning by Rachel Henning
Rachel Henning left England to settle in Australia in 1854. The letters she wrote to her family back in England give a fascinating account of life in colonial Australia.

never-let-me-goNever Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro- This book was described as ‘heart-rending’ by one of our book club members. With such subject matter- children raised with the pupose of harvesting/ cloning- this is hardly surprising.

cold-light-4ebb23c98a52dCold Light by Frank Moorhouse
‘The third and last book in the Edith trilogy, which like the previous two was a great read, although I think I liked this one best. Edith has returned to Australia with her husband, Ambrose Westwood, after the failure of the League of Nations. Ambrose is attached to the British Embassy in Canberra- ie. he is a spy. Theyv are living in the Hotel Canberra. As always historical events are incorporated into the novel, such as Edith’s obsession with Burley Griffin. It is the early 1950’s in Canberra, a time when the embassies are relocating to the Capital and the Communist party is a strong movement. Unfortunately for Edith her brother Frederick is a reasonably powerful member of the party. This is meticulous writing, the characterisation is detailed as is the history. And of course we have the ‘divine Ambrose Westwood’ to tut tut over! Loved it. Edith Campbell Berry has become an icon to some readers and I read a review by someone- I think it was Annabel Crabb- who overheard two women discussing Edith and saying that when faced with a problem, they would ask ‘What would Edith do?’ – Lyn

unnatural-habitsUnnatural Habits by Kerry Greenwood ‘Another romp with the delightful Phrynne Fisher and her menagerie- Mr and Mrs Butler, Jane and Ruth,her adopted daughter, Tink, a street boy she has taken under her wing and, of course, Ember the cat and Molly the dog. When innocent young blonde girls go missing, all of Phrynne’s senses are alerted.These books are such fun. This book covered an era of Australian society when women were easy prey and not really protected- it was all about show and what the neighbours would think. Perhaps nothing has changed!’ -Lyn

the-book-of-illusionsThe Book of Illusions by Paul Auster ‘Professor David Zimmer has lost his wife and 2 children in a plane crash. Afterwards, he spends his waking hours consumed by alcohol and self-pity until one night he finds himself fascinated by an old flim on TV about Hector Mann, who was a genius of the silent cinema. This fascination leads Zimemr on a journey that he could never have imagined. I LOVED this book! It was MAGNIFICENT! Auster has written a wonderful, different and gripping story that will keep me reading his other books!’ – Elaine

Author love-in: Paul Auster

299013Paul Auster is the bestselling author of Sunset Park, Invisible, Man in the Dark, The Book of Illusions, The Brooklyn Follies and The New York Trilogy, among many other works. His books have been translated into forty-three languages. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. 

Blast From the Past

Banjo Patterson’s Collected Verse
On Our Selection by Steele Rudd
Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor


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