Past schedules

2021 Schedule
Feb 2: Anthony Trollope, Barchester Towers @ Sylvia's
Feb 23: Tsitsi Dangarembga, This mournable body @ Gerda's
Mar 30: Bernadine Evaristo, Girl woman other @ Sue's
Apr 27: Best Australian science writing 2020 @ Deb's
May 25: Delia Owens, Where the crawdads sing @ Denise's
Jun 29: Steven Conte, The Tolstoy estate @ Kate's
Jul 27: Nardi Simpson, Song of the crocodile @ Sue B’s
Aug 31: Douglas Stuart, Shuggie Bain @ Zoom (was to be Anne's)
Sept 28: Maggie O'Farrell, Hamnet @ Zoom (was to be Judith's)
Oct 26: Sofie Laguna, Infinite Splendours @ Celeste's
Nov 30: Sarah Krasnostein, The believer @ Anne's
Dec 14: Christmas do @ Sylvia's

2020 Schedule
Jan 28: The weekend, by Charlotte Wood @ Sylvia's
Feb 25 : Field of poppies, by Carmel Bird @ Gerda's
Mar 31: One hundred years of dirt, by Rick Morton @ WhatsApp (was Sue T's)
Apr 28: Too much lip, by Melissa Lucashenko @ Zoom (was Deb S's)
May 26: There was still love, by Favel Parrett @ Zoom (was Denise's)
Jun 30: The overstory, by Richard Powers @ Anne's
July 28: Mammoth, by Chris Flynn @ Helen's
Aug 25: Griffith Review 68: Getting on@ Sue B's
Sept 29: Erotic stories for Punjabi widows, by Balli Kaur Jaswal @ Celeste's
Oct 27: Phosphorescence, by Julia Baird @ Kate's
Nov 24: Melting moments, by Anna Goldsworthy's  @ Judith's
Dec 15: Christmas party/pot luck @ Anne's

2019 Schedule
Jan 29: Boy swallows universe, by Trent Dalton @ Sylvia's
Feb 26: Growing up Aboriginal in Australia, ed by Anita Heiss @ Kate's
Mar 26: Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson @ Sue T's
Apr 30: A gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles @ Sue B's
May 21: Convenience store woman, by Sayaka Murata @ Celeste's
Jun 25: The group, by Mary McCarthy@ Denise's
Jul 30: The lady and the dog, by Anton Chekhov @ Janet's
Aug 27: The bridge, by Enza Gandolfo @ Anne's
Sep 24: Les Murray night @ Judith's
Oct 29: The orchardist’s daughter, by Karen Viggers @ Deb's
Nov 26: The shepherd’s hut, by Tim Winton @ Susan's
Dec 10: Xmas Do @ Helen's

2018 Schedule
Jan 30: An unnecessary woman, by Rabih Alameddine @ Sylvia's
Feb 27: The sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen @ Sue B's
Mar 27: Terra nullius, Claire G. Coleman @ Sue T's
Apr 24: Helen Garner night (read any from Garner's oeuvre) @ Kate's
May 29: First person, Richard Flanagan @ Anne's
Jun 26: The merry-go-round in the sea, Randolph Stow @ Gerda's
Jul 31: The life to come, Michelle de Kretser @ Deb S's
Aug 28: Austerlitz, WG Sebald @ Denise's
Sept 25: The choke, Sofie Laguna @ Celeste's
Oct 30: Howard's End, EM Forster @ Judith's
Nov 27: The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot @ Helen's
Dec 11: Pot luck at Sue B's

2017 Schedule
Jan 31: Passionate nomad, by Jane Fletcher Geniesse @ Celeste's
Feb 28: Travels with my aunt, by Graham Greene @ Sue B's
Mar 28: Troppo, by Madelaine Dickie @ Sue T's
Apr 25: Black rock, white city, by AS Patric @ Kate's
May 30: Nutshell, by Ian McEwan @ Denise's
Jun 27: Position doubtful, by Kim Mahood @ Janet S's
Jul 25: Our souls at night, by Kent Haruf @ Anne's
Aug 29: Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee @ Sylvia's
Sep 26: The museum of modern love, by Heather Rose @ MUSE (7pm)
Oct 31: Talking to my country, by Stan Grant @ Gerda's
Nov 28: Dancing to the precipice: Lucie de la Tour du Pin and the French Revolution, by Caroline Moorehead @ Judith's
Dec 12: Potluck at Sue T's

2016 Schedule
Feb 2: Quicksand, by Steve Toltz @ Sylvia's
Mar 1: H is for Hawk, by Helen Macdonald @ Janet's
Mar 29: In certain circles, by Elizabeth Harrower @ Sue T's
Apr 26: Things fall apart, by Chinua Achebe's (ABC RN's African Bookclub) @ Sue B's
May 31: Golden boys, by Sonya Hartnett @ Anne's
Jun 28: Barry Lyndon,by William Makepeace Thackeray @ Denise's
Jul 26: The natural way of things, by Charlotte Wood @ Celeste's
Aug 30: Best science writing 2015, ed. by Bianca Nogrady @ Kate's
Sep 27: All the light we cannot see, by Anthony Doerr @ Kate's
Oct 25: Dark emu, by Bruce Pascoe @ Muse (East Hotel)
Nov 29: The great swindle, by Pierre Lemaitre @ Gerda's
Dec 13: Potluck @ Janet S's

2015 Schedule
Jan 2: Crime and punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky @ Gerda's
Feb 24: The night guest by Fiona McFarlane @ Denise's
Mar 31: In my mother's hands, by Biff Ward @ Sue T's (with author present)
Apr 28: The hired man, by Aminatta Forna @ Kate's
May 26: Amnesia, by Peter Carey @ Sylvia's
Jun 30: Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austen @ Sue B's
Jul 28: The famished road, by Ben Okri @ Celeste's
Aug 25: The snow kimono, by Mark Henshaw @ Anne's
Sep 29: The Buddha of suburbia , by Hanif Kureishi (ABC RN's Subcontintent Book Club) @ TBA
Oct 27: The strays, by Emily Bitto @ Janet S's
Nov 24: Lives of others, by Neel Mukherjee @ Celeste's
Dec 15: Potluck at Sue T's

2014 Schedule
28 Jan: The luminaries, by Eleanor Catton @ Sue T's
25 Feb: Barracuda, by Christos Tsiolkas @ Kate's
25 Mar: Burial rites, by Hannah Kent @ Helen's
29 Apr: Eyrie, by Tim Winton @ Anne's
27 May: Orphan master's son, by Adam Johnson @ Gerda's
24 Jun: Crossing to safety, by Wallace Stegner @ Celeste's
29 Jul: CANCELLED: The valley of amazement, by Amy Tan's @ Kate's
26 Aug: Memoirs of a dutiful daughter, by Simone de Beauvoir's (ABC RN European Classics Book Club) @ Janet S's
30 Sep: The narrow road to the deep north, by Richard Flanagan @ Sylvia's
28 Oct: The forgotten rebels of Eureka, by Clare Wright @ Deb's
25 Nov: A girl is a half-formed thing, by Eimear McBride @ Anne's
16 Dec: Potluck @ Sue T's

2013 Schedule
29 Jan: Cold light, by Frank Moorhouse@ Sue B's
26 Feb: Paris dreaming, by Anita Heiss @ Kate's
26 Mar: The invisible thread, ed. by Irma Gold (with Irma as guest) @ Sue T's
30 Apr: Midnight empire, by Andrew Croome (with Andrew as guest) @ Anne's
28 May: Into that forest, by Louis Nowra @ Jenny's
25 Jun: Bring up the bodies, by Hilary Mantel @ Helen's
30 Jul: Questions of travel, by Michelle de Kretser's @ Gerda's
27 Aug: Canberra Poets evening @ Celeste's
24 Sep: American gods, by Neil Gaiman @ Deb's
29 Oct: For love alone, by Christina Stead @ Janet S's
26 Nov: The last of the Vostyachs, by Diego Marani @ Sylvia's
17 Dec: Christmas potluck @ Sue B's

2012 Schedule
Jan 31: Pride and prejudice, by Jane Austen (@ Susan's)
Feb 28: Foal's bread, by Gillian Mears (@ Sylvia's)
Mar 27: I shall not hate, by Izzeldin Abuelaish (@ Sue T's)
Apr 24: The sense of ending, by Julian Barnes (@ Celeste's)
May 29: Life in seven mistakes, by Susan Johnson (@ Anne's)
Jun 26: The museum of innocence, by Orhan Pamuk (@ Gerda's)
Jul 31: The mystery of a hansom cab, by Fergus Hume (@ Kate's)
Aug 28: Stasiland, by Anna Funder (@ Janet S's)
Sept 25: A difficult young man, by Martin Boyd (@ Jenny C's)
Oct 30: The street sweeper, by Elliot Perlman (@ Sue B's)
Nov 27: The plains, by Gerald Murnane (@ Deb's)
Dec 18: Christmas potluck at Sue B's

2011 Schedule
Feb 1: Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen
Mar 1: The plague, by Albert Camus
Mar 29: Hand me down world, by Lloyd Jones
Apr 26: The lake woman, by Alan Gould (with Alan Gould as guest)
May 31: The dog boy, by Eva Hornung
Jun 28: This is how, by MJ Hyland
Jul 26: That deadman dance by Kim Scott
Aug 30: Caleb's crossing by Geraldine Brooks
Sep 27: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt by Hazel Rowley
Oct 25: The Finkler question by Howard Jacobson
Nov 29: The life and opinions of Maf the dog, and of his friend Marilyn Monroe by Andrew O'Hagan
Dec 13: Christmas potluck at Sue T's

2010 Schedule
Jan 19: Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel
Feb 23: The little stranger, by Sarah Waters
Mar 30: Ransom, by David Malouf
Apr 27: Voss, by Patrick White
May 25: Reunion, by Andrea Goldsmith
Jun 29: The female brain, by Louann Brizendine
Jul 27: Solar, by Ian McEwan
Aug 31: Truth, by Peter Temple
Sep 28: So much for that, by Lionel Shriver
Oct 26: The thousand autumns of Jacob de Zoet, by David Mitchell
Nov 30: Parrot and Olivier in America, by Peter Carey
Dec 14: Potluck at Sue T's

2009 Schedule
Jan 27: The house of mirth, by Edith Wharton
Feb 24: The boat, by Nam Le
Mar 31: The white tiger, by Aravind Adiga
Apr 28: The lost dog, by Michelle de Kretser
May 26: A fraction of the whole, by Steve Toltz
Jun 30: Snow, by Orhan Pamuk
Jul 28: The slap, by Christos Tsiolkas
Aug 25: Dreams from my father, by Barack Obama
Sep 29: Valley of grace, by Marion Halligan (with Marion Halligan as guest)
Oct 27: The pages, by Murray Bail
Nov 24: The sea of many returns, by Arnold Zable
Dec 15: Potluck at Sue T's

2008 Schedule
Jan 30 (Wed)): Great expectations, by Charles Dickens
Feb 26: On Chesil Beach, by Ian McEwan
Mar 25: Half a yellow sun, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Apr 29: The gathering, by Anne Enright
May 27: Wild: An elemental journey, by Jay Griffiths
Jun 24: Brick lane, by Monica Ali
Jul 29: The spare room, by Helen Garner (20th anniversary dinner at Chairman and Yip's)
Aug 26: The book thief, by Marcus Zusak
Sept 30: Breath, by Tim Winton
Oct 28: Diary of a bad year, by JM Coetzee
Nov 25: After dark, by Haruki Murakami
Dec 16: Potluck at Sue T's

2007 Schedule
Jan: The unknown terrorist, by Richard Flanagan
Feb: The solid mandala, by Patrick White
Mar: The inheritance of loss, by Kiran Desai
Apr: Everyman's rules for scientific living, by Carrie Tiffany
May: We need to talk about Kevin, by Lionel Shriver
Jun: Istanbul, by Orhan Pamuk
Jul: The Schopenaeur cure, by Irvin Yalom
Aug: Orpheus lost, by Janette Turner Hospital
Sept: The road, by Cormac McCarthy
Oct: Mister Pip, by Lloyd Jones
Nov: Carpentaria, by Alexis Wright
Dec: Potluck at Anne's

2006 Schedule
Jan: Seven types of ambiguity, by Elliot Perlman
Feb: Cloud atlas, by David Mitchell
Mar: Saturday, by Ian McEwan (at Tilley's to hear DBC Pierre)
Apr: The Penelopiad, by Margaret Atwood
May: The Hamilton case, by Michelle de Kretser
Jun: Sammy's Hill, by Kristin Gore
Jul: Independence Day, by Richard Ford
Aug: The secret river, by Kate Grenville
Sept: The sea, by John Banville
Oct: The scarring, by Geoff Page (with Geoff Page as guest)
Nov: Kafka on the shore, by Haruki Murakami
Dec: Potluck at Sue T's

2005 Schedule
Jan: Family matters, by Rohinton Mistry
Feb: Joe Cinque's consolation, by Helen Garner
Mar: Hard-boiled wonderland and the end of the world, by Haruki Murakami
Apr: Property, by Valerie Martin
May: Author, author, by David Lodge
Jun: The cunning man, by Robertson Davies
Jul: March, by Geraldine Brooks
Aug: Three dollars, by Elliot Perlman
Sept: The line of beauty, by Alan Hollinghurst
Oct: Salt rain, by Sarah Armstrong
Nov: Canberra Theatre: In conversation with Andrew Denton (Virginia Hausseger)
Dec: White earth, by Andrew McGahan AND Potluck at Paula's

2004 Schedule
Jan: Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides
Feb: Holy cow, by Sarah McDonald
Mar: Anil's ghost, by Michael Ondaatje
Apr: Ten thousand miles without a cloud, by Sun Shuyun
May: The secret cure, by Sue Woolfe
Jun: Reading Lolita in Tehran, by Azar Nafisi
Jul: Vernon God Little, by DBC Pierre
Aug: Due preparations for the plague, by Janette Turner Hospital
Sept: Poetry evening
Oct: The kite-runner, by Khaled Hosseini
Nov: Elizabeth Costello, by JM Coetzee
Dec: Deep Dish at Manuka

2003 Schedule
Feb: The Alexandria quartet, by Lawrence Durrell
Feb: The dig tree, by Sarah Murgatroyd
Mar: Year of wonders, by Geraldine Brooks
Apr: The lovely bones, by Alice Sebold
May: 1788, by Watkin Tench
Jun: Gilgamesh, by Loan London
Jul: The seven sisters, by Margaret Drabble
Aug: Gould's book of fish, by Richard Flanagan
Sep: Life of Pi, by Yann Martel
Oct: Spies, by Michael Frayn
Nov: The man who loved children, by Christina Stead
Dec: Thai restaurant in Deakin

2002 Schedule
Feb: Grand days, by Frank Moorhouse
Mar: Emotionally weird, by Kate Atkinson
Mar: Cafe Scheherezade, by Arnold Zable
Apr: English passengers, by Matthew Kneale
May: East of Eden, by John Steinbeck
Jun: How to be good, by Nick Hornby
Jul: The corrections, by Jonathan Franzen
Aug: Atonement, by Ian McEwan
Sep: The city of sealions, by Eva Sallis (later changed her name to Hornung)
Oct: The nine parts of desire, by Geraldine Brooks
Nov: Dirt music, by Tim Winton
Dec: Xmas do

2001 Schedule
Feb: The poisonwood bible, by Barbara Kingsolver
Feb: Tulip fever, by Deborah Moggach
Mar: A lesson before dying, by Ernest Gaines
May: Business as usual, by Anita Roddick
May: The tree of man, by Patrick White
Jun: The blind assassin, by Margaret Atwood
Jul: True history of the Kelly Gang, by Peter Carey
Aug: Waiting, by Ha Jin
Sep: When we were orphans, by Kazuo Ishiguro
Oct: White teeth, by Zadie Smith
Nov: The night listener, by Armistead Maupin
Dec: Xmas do

2000 Schedule
Feb: The crown of Columbus, by Louise Erdrich and Michael Dorris
Mar: Borrowed light, by Anna Feinberg
Mar: Stones from the river, by Ursula Hegi
May: By the light of my father's smile, by Alice Walker
May: Mansfield Park, by Jane Austen
Jun: An accommodating spouse, by Elizabeth Jolley
Jul: The knowledge of angels, by Jill Paton Walsh
Aug: The green knight, by Iris Murdoch
Oct: The idea of perfection, by Kate Grenville
Oct: The lambs of God, by Marele Day
Nov: Disgrace, by JM Coetzee
Dec: Xmas do

1999 Schedule
Feb 2: Tortilla curtain, by T Coraghessan Boyle
Mar 2: Cold Mountain, by Charles Frazier
Mar 30: An anthologist on Mars, by Oliver Sacks
April 27: The way we live now, by Robert Manne
May 25: Love, again, by Doris Lessing
Jun 29: The hundred secret senses, by Amy Tan
Jul 27: The reader, by Bernhard Schlink
Aug 24: The rooms in my mother's house, by Olga Lorenzo
Sept 21: Enduring love, by Ian McEwan
Oct 26: The golden dress, by Marion Halligan
Nov 23: Eucalyptus, by Murray Bail
Dec: Xmas do

1998 Schedule
Feb 3: Alias Grace, by Margaret Atwood
Mar 3: Angela's ashes, by Frank McCourt
Mar 31: Pythagoras' trousers, by Margaret Wertheim
April 28: A stranger here, by Gillian Bouras
May 26: Paula, by Isabel Allende
Jun 30: An imaginary life, by David Malouf
Jul 28: Jack Maggs, by Peter Carey
Aug 25: Service to the clouds, by Delia Falconer
Sept 22: Captain Corelli's mandolin, by Louis de Bernieres
Oct 27: The ladder of years, by Anne Tyler
Nov 24: The multiple effects of rainshadow, by Thea Astley
Dec 17: Potluck at Paula's

1997 Schedule
Feb 4: A case of curiosities, by Alan Kurzweil
Mar 4: Under the skin, by Doris Lessing
Mar 25: Lovers' knots, by Marion Halligan
April 29: Lily on the dustbin, by Nancy Keesing
May 27: Uncle Tom's cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Jun 24: Time's arrow, by Martin Amis
Jul 29: A fine balance, by Rohinton Mistry
Aug 26: Feast of all souls, by Richard Lunn
Sept 30: Inside, outside, by Andrew Riemer
Oct 28: Love in the time of cholera, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Nov 25: Woman on the edge of time, by Marge Percy
Dec 16: Potluck at Sue T's

1996 Schedule
Jan 30: Midnight's children, by Salman Rushdie
Feb 27: I know why the caged bird sings, by Maya Angelou
Mar 26: An artist of the floating world, by Kazuo Ishiguro
April 30: Portrait of a lady, by Henry James
May 28 Henderson, the rain king, by Saul Bellow
Jun 25: Leaning towards infinity, by Sue Woolfe
Jul 30: Snow falling on cedars, by David Guterson
Aug 27: Behind the scenes at the museum, by Kate Atkinson
Sept 24: Turtle beach, by Blanche d'Alpuget
Oct 29: Change of skies, by Yasmine Gooneratne
Nov 26: Ivory swing, by Janette Turner Hospital
Dec 17: Bursa Restaurant

1995 Schedule
Jan 31: Age of innocence, by Edith Wharton
Feb 28: The robber bride, by Margaret Atwood
Mar 28: Modern interiors, by Andrea Goldsmith
April 25: The history of the world in 10 1/2 chapters, by Julian Barnes
May 30: Remembering Babylon, by David Malouf
Jun 27: The shipping news, by E. Annie Proulx
Jul 25: The fountain of age, by Betty Friedan
Aug 29: Tomorrow when the war began, by John Marsden
Sept 19: How are we to life, by Peter Singer
Oct 31: The first stone, by Helen Garner
Nov 26: Fly away Peter, by David Malouf
Dec 17: Potluck picnic at Lennox Gardens

1994 Schedule
Jan: The mint lawn, by Gillian Meares
Feb: Maybe the moon, by Armistead Maupin
Mar: Weep not, child, by Ngugi
April: Beloved, by Toni Morrison
May: The farewell party, by Milan Kundera
Jun: Aunt Julia and the scriptwriter, by Mario Vargas Llosa AND Chronicles of a death foretold, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Jul: The kitchen god's wife, by Amy Tan
Aug: Women of sand and myrrh, by Hanan al-Shayk
Sept: Hotel du lac, by Anita Brookner
Oct: Poetry night (Bring a favourite poem to share)
Nov: The story of the year 1912 in the village of Elza Darzins, by Thea Welsh
Dec: Potluck at Marie's

1993 Schedule
Jan: The house of the spirits, by Isabel Allende
Feb: Jesus of Montreal (video)
Mar: The bone people, by Keri Hulme
April: Wild swans, by Jung Chang
May: Passion, by Jeanette Winterson
Jun: City of the mind, by Penelope Lively
Jul: Cosmo cosmolino, by Helen Garner
Aug: Orlando, by Virginia Woolf
Sept: ??
Oct: Tell me I'm here, by Anne Deveson
Nov: Oscar and Lucinda, by Peter Carey
Dec: Ruen Thai, Kingston

1992 Schedule (I was overseas so this is cobbled from correspondence)
Jan: Women in love, by DH Lawrence
Feb: ??
Mar: ??
April: Wild swans, by Jung Chang (here or 1993?)
May: ??
Jun: Peel me a lotus, by Charmian Clift
Jul: Cloudstreet, by Tim Winton
Aug: Wild card, by Dorothy Hewitt
Sept: ??
Oct: ??
Nov: ??
Dec: ??

1991 Schedule (I was overseas so this is cobbled from correspondence)
Jan: The road from Coorain, by Jill Ker Conway
Feb: The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan
Mar: Jude, the obsure, by Thomas Hardy
April: The progress of love, by Alice Munro
May: The crocodile, by Vincent Eri
Jun: Something I've been meaning to tell you, by Alice Munro
Jul: Taking shelter, by Jessica Anderson
Aug: Ripening seed, by Colette
Sept: ??
Oct: ??
Nov: ??
Dec: ??

1990 Schedule (I went overseas near the end of the year so this is cobbled from correspondence)
Jan: Johnno, by David Malouf
Feb: Dreamhouse, by Kate Grenville
Mar: The extra, by Hal Porter
April: Broken words, by Helen Hodgman
May: Cranford, by Elizabeth Gaskell
Jun: Expressway, by Helen Daniels (ed)
Jul: Living in the Maniototo, by Janet Frame
Aug: Cat's eye, by Margaret Atwood
Sept: ??
Oct: July's people, by Nadine Gordimer
Nov: ??
Dec: ??

1989 Schedule
Jan: The coral dance, by Glenda Adams
Feb: The newspaper of Claremont Street; Five acre virgin, and other stories, by Elizabeth Jolley
Mar: Songlines, by Bruce Chatwin
April: The handmaid's tale, by Margaret Atwood
May: Moon tiger, by Penelope Lively
Jun: It's raining in mango, by Thea Astley
Jul: Just relations, by Rodney Hall (added later from memory - am I right?)
Aug: Waterfall, by Margaret Drabble
Sept: Tell morning this, by Kylie Tennant
Oct: The children's Bach by Helen Garner
Nov: The kindness cup, by Thea Astley
Dec: ??

1988 Schedule (Our inaugural year)
Feb: Establishment meeting
Mar: Room to move, by Suzanne Falkiner (ed)
April: Tirra lirra by the river, by Jessica Anderson
May: My place, by Sally Morgan
Jun: Shallows, by Tim Winton
Jul: Hometime, by Beverley Farmer
Aug: Loving daughters, by Olga Masters
Sept: Miss Peabody's inheritance, by Elizabeth Jolley
Oct: The bone people, by Keri Hulme
Nov: Missus, by Ruth Park
Dec: ??