Well now, what a delight it was to have the author Liz Byrski do a Q&A with the A Box Of Facebook Group last night on her book "A Month of Sunday's" which turns out to be the perfect bookclub read. Did you get a chance to read it? What did you think?
Everyone who was part of the discussion (thanks to all of you) found it a really enjoyable read and we are all keen to read more of Liz's novels. The 4 women's journey of self discovery, getting to know each other and forming strong bonds at an older stage of life was an insightful look into female friendships, going behind the facades and how books and bookclubs can bind people together.
What was really interesting to find out was that Liz found this book one of the harder ones to write and didn't think it would be as well received as her others. It has ended up being her most popular book to date. Liz was very candid in describing the writing process and how she tries to find one of the characters to pin down then there is something to work on and assemble other characters around. Each of the 4 characters had to recommend a book for the others to read that reflected something of their own lives - we are now keen to read those novels too as a way of keeping the characters alive!
The discussion post is pinned to the top of the A Box Of Book Club Group page on Facebook if you want to have a read, it's very interesting.
To keep up to date with Liz and her news head to her website here and sign up to her mailing list. She's already two chapters in to her next book!
"A Month Of Sunday's" also turns out to be a perfect book to curate a book gift box around and given the great feedback on the box we put together as the giveaway last month we now have it available as a gift on the shop page. We think it's delightful as a present or something a bit fun to gift yourself. My Mum & MIL will each be getting one for Christmas (sshh don't tell)!
Our October Group read is from another Australian author but very, very different. I've already read it and really enjoyed it. "Boy Swallows Universe" by Trent Dalton. When I bought my copy the lady at the bookshop said it takes about 30 or so pages to get into it - I agree but it is worth persevering.
"Brisbane, 1985: A lost father, a mute brother, a junkie mum, a heroin dealer for a stepfather and a notorious crim for a babysitter. It's not as if Eli Bell's life isn't complicated enough already. He's just trying to follow his heart and understand what it means to be a good man, but fate keeps throwing obstacles in his way - not the least of which is Tytus Broz, legendary Brisbane drug dealer.
But now Eli's life is going to get a whole lot more serious: he's about to meet the father he doesn't remember, break into Boggo Road Gaol on Christmas Day to rescue his mum, come face to face with the criminals who tore his world apart, and fall in love with the girl of his dreams.
A story of brotherhood, true love and the most unlikely of friendships, Boy Swallows Universe will be the most heartbreaking, joyous and exhilarating novel you will read all year." The Book Depository
It's not really one that I could create a gift box out of though and you will see why when you read it! There is however, one meal described in the book that you may want to recreate, Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks, as it sounds so yummy (but not what happens when they go to eat it unfortunately).
As always, below is a printable reading / listening / viewing list of recommendations for you. Do you find these useful? Any recommendations you'd like to add? (Check back on our other Book Club blog posts for the other lists here, here & here)
The Facebook Group Chat on "Boy Swallows Universe" will be Sunday 18th November. Until then, happy reading x