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Morning Book Reading

A Room Made of Leaves, by Kate Grenville

Reader: Sue Farrelly, 1RPH
Commenced: Thursday, 26 May 2022

Kate Grenville’s historically accurate but fictional reimagining of the life of Elizabeth Macarthur, the relatively unknown wife of John Macarthur, the military officer and pastoralist, a central figure in Australian white settler history. Who was Elizabeth, how did she come to marry Macarthur and what did she make of her new life in Port Jackson?

Grenville draws on the actual letters Elizabeth wrote home and considers her words in the context of the times to bring Elizabeth out of the shadows and speak directly to us.

Afternoon Book Reading

Staying On, by Paul Scott

Reader: Gerald Lynch
Commenced: Thursday, 2 June 2022

Staying On is an engrossing, sharply observed portrait of the end of the British Empire in India. Tusker and Lucy Smalley chose to ‘stay on’ in India after independence, instead of returning ‘home’. After Tusker’s retirement they remained in the small hill town of Pankot, with its eccentric inhabitants and archaic rituals left over from the days of Empire. Only the tyranny of their landlady, Mrs Bhoolabhoy, threatens to disturb the quiet rhythm of their days.

Both funny and moving, Staying On won the Booker Prize in when it was first published in 1977.

Children / Young Adult Book Reading

Stormboy and Other Stories, by Colin Thiele

Reader: Michael Bushby, 4RPH
Commenced: Monday, 16 May 2022

First published in 1966, the story of Stormboy became known to many people through the film versions. It is featured here in this lovely collection of stories of Australian lives on the land, in the bush, and along the coast.

Suitable for young listeners and adults alike, its themes of childhood, friendship and the centrality of the natural world are as relevant today as they ever were.


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