Our March Book Club features two very different novels and a new Book club Co-ordinator. Read on to find out what fantastic books you should be reading this month.
Discussion lead by our new co-ordinator Mary-Anne Phillbrick
In fear for their lives after the sudden death of their mother, Adela and Klara must flee Prague to find refuge with their uncle in Australia.
There, Adela becomes a film director at a time when the local industry is starting to feel the competition from Hollywood. But while success is imminent, the issues of family and an impossible love are never far away. And ultimately dreams of the silver screen must compete with the bonds of a lifetime … Silver Wattle confirms Belinda Alexandra as one of our foremost story-tellers. Weaving fact into inspiring fiction with great flair and imagination, this is a novel as full of hope, glamour and heartbreak as the film industry itself.
Live chat on Wednesday 12 March 2014, at 6.00pm WA time, 8.00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time and 9.00pm Daylight saving time.
Discussion lead by Vivienne Beddoe
In northern Iceland, 1829, Agnes Magnúsdóttir is condemned to death for her part in the brutal murder of two men. Agnes is sent to wait out the time leading to her execution on the farm of District Officer Jón Jónsson, his wife and their two daughters. Horrified to have a convicted murderess in their midst, the family avoids speaking with Agnes.
Only Tóti, the young assistant reverend appointed as Agnes’s spiritual guardian, is compelled to try to understand her, as he attempts to salvage her soul.
As the summer months fall away to winter and the hardships of rural life force the household to work side by side, Agnes’s ill-fated tale of longing and betrayal begins to emerge. And as the days to her execution draw closer, the question burns: did she or didn’t she?
Live chat on Wednesday 26 March 2014, at 6.00pm WA time, 8.00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time and 9.00pm Daylight saving time.
Both these novels were high on your list of preferences in our Book Club poll, so we look forward to meeting lots of Starts at Sixty Bookies on line for live discussion on the dates above.
Happy reading, Mary-Anne, Vivienne & Karen
Will you be reading these picks for March? Tell us if you’ve already read them!
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