Pocket Bookclub talk about brunch coats and Miles Franklin winner

It says something of the age of Pocket Book club members that we all know what a brunch coat is and remember our mothers' wearing one. Perhaps we wore one too but we were not willing to admit it. A bit like duchess for a dresser, brunch coat has fallen out of favour. I have … Continue reading Pocket Bookclub talk about brunch coats and Miles Franklin winner

Bookclub cold on The Snow Kimono

When you Google The Snow Kimono, Mark Henshaw's 2014 book, Google will offer you 'The Snow Kimono explained' as a predicted search option. You can't go into this book with expectations of neat tidy bows. Omura's father, in the Japanese section of the book, buys and European jigsaw puzzle. He loves puzzles and he is … Continue reading Bookclub cold on The Snow Kimono

The votes are in: Pocket Book Club

  The Pocket Book Club have voted for our favourite and less than favourite books in 2016. We had our Christmas break up at the glorious Cormorant Bay Restaurant with glorious views of Wivenhoe Pocket Dam and succulent pork. Everyone was given three yellow stickers to vote for their favourite books of the year (the stickers … Continue reading The votes are in: Pocket Book Club

Pocket Book club is either depressed or feeling thankful

Ruth Park's book The Harp in the South has never been out of print. Yep, that is 68 years of being in bookstores. The Harp in the South is the second book, or the first book, in Park's trilogy. She wrote it first but 40 years later she wrote a prequel, Missus. She was a … Continue reading Pocket Book club is either depressed or feeling thankful

The Man Who Loved Children – Christina Stead

I first heard of Christina Stead as a result of my book club’s Patrick White journey. We listened to David Marr speak about Patrick White at the Brisbane Writer’s Festival, read Marr's biography, Patrick White: A Life and finally all read the Vivisector together. Along the way, someone read that Patrick admired Christina Stead so we … Continue reading The Man Who Loved Children – Christina Stead

Pocket book club is in love

In the 5 year history of the Pocket Book Club, I only remember two books that have been unanimously loved. Not just, we all like it, it was good, but we all love it. The first loved book was the purely eccentric The History of Rain by Niall Williams and second love fest occurred last night with … Continue reading Pocket book club is in love

Jane Austen and slow cooked pork

The Pocket Book Club went classic this month reading Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. This was my sneaky choice.  I picked it because I wanted to make my mother read a Jane Austen book. Luckily a successful experiment. Why Pride and Prejudice? I could have chosen another, but last year was 20 years since the … Continue reading Jane Austen and slow cooked pork

Pocket Bookclub is mildly euphoric

Is it even possible to be mildly euphoric? I think that is an oxymoron. Nevermind. Euphoria by Lily King was Jane's selection for Pocket Book Club's chilly July meeting and we were pretty happy with it. The book raised a discussion (thanks to Marianne) about what is truth and what is fiction. Euphoria is based very loosely … Continue reading Pocket Bookclub is mildly euphoric