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Morning Book Reading

The Spare Room, by Helen Garner

Reader: Jane Carmody
Commenced: Tuesday, 23 April 2019

The novel is set over the course of three weeks while the narrator, Helen, cares for Nicola, a friend dying of bowel cancer.

The story takes us through her emotionally wrought journey supporting Nicola and her reactions to her friend’s alternative therapies and her denial of the realities of her condition.

This work won the 2009 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction, 2008 Queensland Premier’s Award for Fiction and 2009 Barbara Jefferis Award.

Afternoon Book Reading

Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen

Reader: Barry Leviney
Commenced: Friday, 5 April 2019

Jacob Jankowski is a young veterinary student when tragedy forces him to leave his studies. Penniless and with nowhere to go, he hops on a passing train and meets a travelling circus.

The story tells of his experiences as an animal caretaker with the circus in depression America.

Children’s Book

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, by J.K. Rowling

Reader: Peter Gyngell
Commenced: Friday, 1 March 2019

Harry Potter is twelve years old and about to begin his second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Dobby the house elf does everything he can to prevent Harry returning to school, claiming that great danger awaits him there.

This is the second book in the Harry Potter series.

Fact or Fantasy

Tomorrow to be Brave, by Susan Travers

Reader: Elizabeth Oates
Commenced: Saturday, 3 November 2018

The autobiography of Susan Travers, an Englishwoman who served with the Free French forces in North Africa during World War Two as a driver. She survived the battle of Bir Hakeim against the forces of Rommel’s Afrika Korps. After the war she applied to join the French Foreign Legion and served in Indo-China and Algeria. She was decorated with the Croix de Guerre and later, in old age, with the Legion d’Honneur.

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