Hungry and lost: Terra Nullius

The Pocket Bookclub does not have many rules. It is however customary for the month's chooser of the book to bring supper. Of late these suppers have in part been inspired by the book.  Some members have been quite imaginative and set a high bar. Notably, our civil war inspired supper when discussing Lincoln in … Continue reading Hungry and lost: Terra Nullius

Pocket Bookclub 2017 round-up

It is with bated breath that the Pocket Bookclub await the counting of the votes...actually we are mostly just drinking our wine and talking while we admire Wivenhoe Dam but I like a bit of drama. First an overall update: Every book read since 2010 The books read in 2017 certainly sway toward the Australian … Continue reading Pocket Bookclub 2017 round-up

Angela Carter and Lascivious Scissors

The Pocket Book Club embarked on the strange journey that is The Passion of New Eve by Angela Carter. The Passion of New Eve sets up a dystopian world where civil war has broken out in the United States.  Evelyn, a male English professor travels from England to take up a position in New York, but … Continue reading Angela Carter and Lascivious Scissors

Pocket Bookclub gets bloody and goes to hell

This month the Pocket Bookclub dove into a vat of bloody organs and the genre of crime fiction with Hades by Candice Fox. Homicide detective Frank Bennett has an intriguing new partner. Dark, beautiful, coldly efficient, Eden Archer is one of the most enigmatic colleagues Frank has ever worked with—that includes her brother Eric, who’s … Continue reading Pocket Bookclub gets bloody and goes to hell

Pocket Bookclub Unlearning

This month the Pocket Bookclub read Dark Emu Black Seeds: agriculture or accident by Bruce Pascoe. Bruce Pascoe was at the Byron Writers Festival and I heard him speak about his sense of obligation to write this book about Aboriginal agriculture because even did not initially believe the stories people told him.  It seems we … Continue reading Pocket Bookclub Unlearning

Could the Angel Cake be nicer than Angels?

This month the Pocket Book Club did not stray far.  Sort of.  We read Angela Slatter's Vigil, set in Brisbane but in a world far weirder than our own. Vigil is urban fantasy but owes a great deal to the detective novel. Verity Fassbinder's mother was Normal but her father was Weyrd. (As in child-eating-Weyrd) You … Continue reading Could the Angel Cake be nicer than Angels?

Pocket Bookclub get clucky and talk polio

The Golden Age by Joan London is a novel set 1950's Perth. The Golden Age was an old pub repurposed to care for children with polio. Frank Gold, the oldest resident is the child of Hungarian refugees and the book is in part about his parents' trauma and sense of being different in the big … Continue reading Pocket Bookclub get clucky and talk polio