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November Bookclub Book - Allegra in Three Parts

November Bookclub Book - Allegra in Three Parts

It's been a long while between bookclub books, I'm so sorry!  How have you been? Read any good books lately?  I just finished the most delightful debut novel by Australian author Suzanne Daniel.  "Allegra in Three Parts", have you read it?  You must, really, you must!  Let's make it the November Bookclub group read shall we?

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Goodreads writes about it...

I can split myself in two... something I have to do because of Joy and Matilde. They are my grandmothers and I love them both and they totally love me but they can't stand each other.

Eleven-year-old Allegra shuttles between her grandmothers who live next door to one another but couldn't be more different. Matilde works all hours and instils discipline, duty and restraint. She insists that Allegra focus on her studies to become a doctor.

Meanwhile free-spirited Joy is full of colour, possibility and emotion, storing all her tears in little glass bottles. She is riding the second wave of the women's movement in the company of her penny tortoise, Simone de Beauvoir, encouraging Ally to explore broad horizons and live her 'true essence'.

And then there's Rick who lives in a flat out the back and finds distraction in gambling and solace in surfing. He's trying to be a good father to Al Pal, while grieving the woman who links them all but whose absence tears them apart.

Allegra is left to orbit these three worlds wishing they loved her a little less and liked each other a lot more. Until one day the unspoken tragedy that's created this division explodes within the person they all cherish most.
 

This book made me smile, made me cry, made me remember long forgotten parts of my 1970's Australian childhood.  While it's written from an 11 year old girls perspective it's not a children's book. You'll fall in love with Allegra and her grandmothers are utterly divine in their own special ways.  Now rather than give anymore away who's going to join in our bookclub and read it as our November group read?

How about we do a Facebook group chat on Sunday 8th December?  If you aren't already a member of the A Box Of Bookclub Facebook group just click here to join up. 

If you are looking for a bookish gift we also made Allegra in Three Parts our October Subscription Book Box book and have a limited number of boxes remaining if you want to get in on the book box action too. 

Given it's getting to that wonderful time of the year if you are looking for a true gift that keeps on giving check out our one, three or six book box subscriptions.

Ok happy reading until next time xx

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A Box Of Bookclub July Group Read - After She's Gone by Camilla Grebe

A Box Of Bookclub July Group Read - After She's Gone by Camilla Grebe

Named the Best Nordic Crime Novel of the Year by the Crime Writers of Scandinavia

Out of the frozen depths of a forest in Ormberg, Sweden, a woman stumbles onto the road. Her arms are covered with scratches, her feet are bare, and she has no memory of who she is. Local police identify her as psychological profiler Hanne Lagerlind-Schön, who, with her partner, had been helping investigate the cold case of a young woman’s murder. Hanne begins to recover but cannot recall anything about where her partner is, or what their investigation had uncovered before her disappearance. Police have only one lead: a young woman in a sequined dress who was spotted nearby the night Hanne was found.

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A Box Of Bookclub Book Review - The Truths & Triumphs of Grace Atherton & announcing our May Group Read

A Box Of Bookclub Book Review - The Truths & Triumphs of Grace Atherton & announcing our May Group Read

"I enjoyed this book. Straight up. So much so that I you tubed the musical pieces so I could listen and read at the same time. I'm so proud of Grace. Her strength, her commitment, and her vulnerability. Never underestimate the power of people who support who you are and love you no matter what you think of yourself"

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Women Following Their Dreams - Kelly Rimmer Author "The Things We Cannot Say"

Women Following Their Dreams - Kelly Rimmer Author

This book was somewhat unique, because I worked on it on and off for a decade (and full time for 18 months). But there were two incredibly complex stories in this book, so it took time to research/develop those.

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Was she a "Well Behaved Woman" & our April Group Read for A Box Of Bookclub

Was she a

A Well Behaved Woman was enjoyed by our Bookclub and our group chat revolved around what an interesting & strong character Alva Vanderbilt was. Our next group read revolves around an entirely different character all together, The Truths & Triumphs of Grace Atherton, join us for an easy and light holiday read.

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A Box Of Bookclub Little Fires Everywhere review & February Book Box Reveal

A Box Of Bookclub Little Fires Everywhere review & February Book Box Reveal

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng definitely provides food for thought through exploring mother/daughter relationships and moral questions. We also reveal our February Book Subscription Box and the March group read "A Well Behaved Woman" by Therese Anne Fowler

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Jasper Jones Review + announcing the next group read for A Box Of Bookclub

Jasper Jones Review + announcing the next group read for A Box Of Bookclub

A Box Of Bookclub is back for 2019 kicking off with a review of our holiday read, Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey and announcing our February Group Read, Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng plus a little bit of what's been going on at A Box Of

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A Box Of BookClub - announcing the October Group Read, new list and A Month of Sundays discussion

A Box Of BookClub - announcing the October Group Read, new list and A Month of Sundays discussion

Our October / November 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.

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