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Isn’t this awesome? We’re kicking off a newsletter just for the bibliophiles in our community and from now on you can receive it every fortnight.  (For those who haven’t signed up, you can do so by clicking here.)

The Starts at 60 Book Club has been an informal community-led project since the site began, and over time it has grown and grown. And look at us now – book reviews and articles most days of the week, with our endeavours now supported by publisher Hachette Australia and bookseller Dymocks!

So from here on we are bringing you our fortnightly Book Club emailer with all the books that us over 60s love. We’ll be bringing you competitions, engaging conversations about books and interviews with your favourite authors – not to mention a greater love of books than we can get in other places in the media today.

And we want something in return: we want to have great discussions about books with you.  Please let us know the genres you most enjoy, the books you most love and the things you want more of. With the diversity of people writing reviews for Starts at 60, we get good coverage of most genres, but we want to know what YOU want.

A little trivia for you:

  • It was 9 July 2013 when Starts at 60 announced our first book club choice, the classic F Scott Fitzgerald novel The Great Gatsby.
  • Vivienne Beddoe is an original book club reviewer, part of the group since its inception in 2013.

We’ll be publishing a whole lot of book bites on the site, almost daily. You’ll also find books for your grandchildren in our new Grandkids, Let’s Read column on Mondays.  Reading is one of the joys of life for many of us and sharing this with the younger generation is so gratifying.

We have a great community team of book reviewers to whom we have to give special thanks:  Jess Cammack, John Reid, Laraine Fisher, Marlene Sanders and Vivienne Beddoe. Their continuing input into the book club has been inspiration; between them they produce so many quality reviews.  If you would like to contribute your own reviews to the Book Club, please get in touch.

And so, I have two little requests for you:

1.  Get involved!  

When you read a book you enjoy, please share it with us by writing your own review. A review can be any length, as the aim is to publish a “Recommendations from the Members” column monthly. Likewise, if you read something recommended by a reviewer, we would love to know your thoughts. You are also most welcome to write a longer review; it would be awesome to have a guest reviewer each month.

2.  Tell your friends and share our emailer.  

Your friends can sign up for our regular book club emailer by clicking here.  Send it on to them and encourage them to be a part of the community that loves to read.

There will be competitions, book giveaways, community recommendations and more…  I can’t wait to watch it grow with you!

If you have ideas or reviews, or want to get more involved, don’t hesitate to email us at [email protected].

‘Til next time, happy reading.



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Karen O'Brien-Hall

I've had many careers in my life and loved each one! My new career blossomed when I retired and become an OAP. I am passionate about childhood literacy, books in general and my garden. I love Ballet, Opera, Concerts, Theatre, (both professional and community) and Movies. I tend to have opinions on most things and enjoy a good debate about the topic, not the person. In my thirties, I married my GOM (Gorgeous or Grumpy Old Man) the love of my life.

  1. Love to join but it rejects my email address

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  2. I read Mary Higgins Clark’s “I Heard That Song Before” having a very lazy day on Monday & can recommend it (even as a ‘thriller’) as a nice enjoyable read.

  3. Have just finished Jeffery Archer Kane and Abel really enjoyed it.

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    • Jeffery Archer us another must read author for me – I think Kane and Abel was possibly the first one I read.

  4. I have just finished Jackie French book To Love A Sunburnt country fabulous, loved her book I all so love Peter Watt. Read and enjoy.

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    • Fran, I agree with you, it is a great read.

  5. Good evening, Karen,
    Early days yet but it’s encouraging to see the response. It can only get better as it becomes more well known.
    I’m just about to begin Caroline Overington’s ‘Ghost Child.’ Have you read it? I will review in a few days’ time.

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