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Morning Book Reading

A Dog’s Purpose, by W. Bruce Cameron

Reader: Penny Gornson
Commenced: Monday, 5 July 2021

A funny and charming story chronicling a dog’s journey through four lives via reincarnation, and his take on life, humans and doggy relationships.

Now a major motion picture. Surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy after a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey’s search for his new life’s meaning leads him into the loving arms of 8-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog.

But this new life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey’s journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders – will he ever find his purpose?

Touching, insightful, and often laugh-out-loud funny, A Dog’s Purpose is not only the story of a dog’s many lives, but also a dog’s-eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds that hold us all together, man and man’s best friend alike. The story teaches us that love never dies, that our true friends are always with us, and that every creature on Earth is born with a purpose.

Afternoon Book Reading

Bradman’s War, by Malcolm Knox

Reader: Gerald Lynch, 1RPH
Commenced: Monday, 5 July 2021

An unflinching account of the 1948 Invincibles, the only Australian men’s cricket team to complete an Ashes tour of England undefeated. Author Malcolm Knox shows a different side of the historic competition with an honest reflection on what was truly lost and won.

The Australian and English Test cricketers who fought and survived together in WWII came home planning to resume the Ashes in a new spirit of friendship.

Australia’s legendary captain had something else in mind.

The 1948 ‘Invincibles’ are the only Australian team to complete a tour of England undefeated. In his compelling account, Malcolm Knox exposes the mixed feelings among the fans, commentators and players – from both teams – about the manner in which their feats were achieved. At its heart was a rift between players who had experienced the horrors of active duty, epitomised by the fiery RAAF pilot Keith Miller, and those who had not, such as the invalided Bradman.

Bradman’s War celebrates the talents of Ray Lindwall, Sid Barnes, Lindsay Hassett, Bill Johnston, Arthur Morris and, of course, their irrepressible captain, but wonders if the Don’s single-minded tactics, even against the war-ravaged veterans of the country clubs, cost Test cricket the opportunity to be played for the love of the game.

Children’s Book

Rooftoppers, by Katherine Rundell

Reader: Peter Copeman featuring cello passages from Faure’s Requiem
Commenced: 16 July 2021

Everyone thinks that Sophie is an orphan. True, there were no other recorded female survivors from the shipwreck which left baby Sophie floating in the English Channel in a cello case, but Sophie remembers seeing her mother wave for help. Her guardian tells her it is almost impossible that her mother is still alive, but that means still possible. You should never ignore a possible. So when the Welfare Agency writes to her guardian threatening to send Sophie to an orphanage, she takes matters into her own hands and flees to Paris to look for her mother, starting with the only clue she has – the address of the cello maker. Evading the French authorities, she meets Matteo and his network of rooftoppers – urchins who live in the sky. Together they scour the city for Sophie’s mother before she is caught and sent back to London, and most importantly before she loses hope.

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