Book clubs

Book club meetings are informal discussions about the current title and everyone is encouraged to contribute. The groups are small and inclusive of about 10-15 people in each book club.

Randwick City Library hosts eleven Book Clubs offering a space for book lovers to read and discuss books on a monthly basis.

Randwick City Library also has a special collection for those who want to start their own book club. Book Club in a Box holds 10 books of the same title, discussion notes and a how-to guide to get anyone started with their own group.

What is discussed?

At the meetings aspects of the book are discussed, such as:

  • Writing style
  • Theme
  • Author
  • Impact it has had on the reader
  • A favourite scene or passage from the book

Current Book Club Reading List

Fiction Book Clubs

Location

Date

Time

Title for discussion

Lionel Bowen Library, Maroubra

2nd Wednesday of the month

1.30pm - 2.30pm

Kim by Rudyard Kipling

Lionel Bowen Library, Maroubra

4th Tuesday of the month

6.30pm - 7.30pm

Plain Song by Kent Haruf

Lionel Bowen Library, Maroubra 4th Tuesday of the month  6.30pm - 7.30pm

Sweet Caress by William Boyd

Margaret Martin Library, Randwick

3rd Thursday of the month

11am - 12pm

The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst

Malabar Community Library, Matraville

3rd Tuesday of the month

10am - 11am

The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd

History Book Clubs

Location

Date

Time

Title for discussion

Margaret Martin Library, Randwick

4th Thursday of the month

6pm - 7pm

The Silk Roads : A New History of the World by Peter Frankopan

Malabar Community Library, Matraville

1st Tuesday of the month

10am - 11am

Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore

Gothic/Horror Book Club

Location

Date

Time

Title for discussion

Lionel Bowen Library, Maroubra

3rd Thursday of the month

6.30pm - 7.30pm

Bride of Lammermoor by Sir Walter Scott

How do I join?

If you are interested in joining a book club, please contact us. Some book clubs have an annual fee, while some are free and require you to source your own copy of the title to be discussed.

What has been previously read?

See below for all the books that have been read across our different book clubs dating back as far as 2005:

Fiction Book Club

Books read so far in 2018
Books read in 2017
Books read in 2016
Books read in 2015
Books read in 2014
Books read in 2013
Books read in 2012
Books read in 2011
Books read in 2010
Books read in 2009
Books read in 2008
Books read in 2007
Books read in 2006
Books read in 2005
  • Resurrectionists by Kim Wilkins
  • I for Isobel by Amy Witting
  • A Dictionary of Maqiao by Han Shaogong
  • Matthew Flinder's Cat by Bryce Courtenay
  • Disgrace by J.M.Coetzee
  • Butterfly Song by Terri Janke
  • The Namesake by Jumpa Lahiri
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • The Great Fire by Shirley Hazzard
  • Feasting and Fasting by Anita Desai
  • May Contain Nuts by John O'Farrell
  • The Mistress of Spices by Chitra Banerjee Dwakarum

Gothic/Horror Book Club

Books read so far in 2018
Books read in 2017
Books read in 2016
  • The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
  • Tale of Mystery & Imagination by Edgar Allen-Poe
  • The Haunted Hotel by Wilkie Collins
  • John Dies at the End by David Wong
  • Gothic Tales by Elizabeth Gaskell
  • The Devil's Alphabet by Daryl Gregory
  • The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorn
  • An English Ghost Story by Kim Newman
  • A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe
Books read in 2015
  • Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
  • Graveminder by Melissa Marr
  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  • Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  • Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafron
  • Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier
  • The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  • Perfume by Patrick Suskind
  • American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
  • War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
  • In a Glass Darkly by Joseph Sheridan le Fanu
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • Three Ghost Stories by Charles Dickens
Books read in 2014
  • 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill
  • Vathek by William Thomas Beckford
  • Piercing by Ryu Murakami
  • The Trial by Franz Kafka
  • Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Warm Bodies by Issac Marion
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Wake in Fright by Kenneth Cook
  • The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham
  • The Fog by James Herbert
  • Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
Books read in 2013
  • From Hell by Alan Moore
  • Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  • Nosferatu theatrical film
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
  • Come Closer by Sara Gran
  • Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
  • Phantom of the Opera theatrical film
  • Cabal by Clive Barker
  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  • Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan
Books read in 2012
  • Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
  • Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
  • Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole
  • Red Queen by Honey Brown
  • Collected Works by Edgar Allan Poe
  • House of Usher - Pit and the Pendulum - Tell Tale Heart - The Raven
  • Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill
  • Collected Works by H. P. Lovecraft: The Statement of Randolph Carter - Dreams in the Witch House - The Shadow Over Innsmouth - Herbert West-Reanimator - Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family
  • World War Z by Max Brooks
  • The Monk by Matthew Lewis
  • The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
Books read in 2011
  • The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • The Shining by Stephen King
  • Sleepy Hollow by Irving Washington

History Book Club

Books read so far in 2018
Books read in 2016
  • The Queen, Her Lover and the Most Notorious Spy in History by Roland Perry
  • The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume
  • Joan of Arc by Helen Castor
  • Antony and Cleopatra by Adrian Goldsworthy
  • Empire of Cotton by Sven Beckert
  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
  • Baghdad : City of Peace, City of Blood by Justin Marozzi
  • Australian History in 7 Questions by John Hirst
  • A Spy Among Friends by Ben Macintyre
  • The World of the Shining Prince by Ivan Morris
  • And a Bottle of Rum by Wayne Curtis
  • The Great Betrayal by Ben MacIntyre
  • The Wicked Boy by Kate Summerscale
Books read in 2015
  • A Brief History of the Crusades by Geoffrey Hindley
  • A Gambling Man: George XI and the Restoration by Jen Uglow
  • Jonah by Louis Stone
  • The Sex Lives of Australians: A History by Frank Bongiorno
  • Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada
  • The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka by Clare Wright
  • The Great Plague by Stephen Porter
  • Joan of Arc by Helen Castor
  • Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain
  • Devil's Knot by Mara Levritt
  • The Mystery of the Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume
Books read in 2014
  • Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan by William Dalrymple
  • The Norman Conquest by Marc Morris
  • America Aflame by David Goldfield
  • To Bonegilla From Somewhere by Wanda Skowronska
  • Mrs Robinson's Disgrace by Kate Summerscale
  • The History of England Vol II, The Tudors by Peter Ackroyd
  • The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 by Christopher Clark
  • In the Shadow of the Sword by Tom Holland
  • Lancaster and York: The War of the Roses by Alison Weir
  • Arthur Phillip: Sailor, Mercenary, Governor and Spy by Christopher Clark
  • Jonah by Louis Stone
  • The Tyrannicide Brief by Geoffrey Robertson
Books read in 2013
  • The Great Race by David Hill
  • My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin
  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  • Conspirator: Lenin in Exile by Helen Rappaport
  • The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson
  • Captain Thunderbold and His Lady by Carol Baxtor
  • Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot by Bill O'Rielly
  • 1913: The Year Before the Storm by Florian Illies
  • The Dreyfus Affair by Piers Paul Read
Books read in 2012
  • The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund De Waal
  • Spanish Gold by David Cordingly
  • Mawson by Peter Fitzsimons
  • Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers
  • Glenrowan by Ian Shaw
  • The Suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscale
  • A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
  • A Night to Remember by Walter Lord
  • Batavia by Peter Fitzsimons
  • Birds Without Wings by Louis de Bernieres
  • Desert Queen by Janet Wallach
Books read in 2011
  • Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
  • American Civil War by John Keegan
  • Conquistadors by Michael Wood
  • The Spartacus War by Barry Strauss
  • The Judgement of Paris by Ross King
  • Macquarie: From Colony to Country by David Hill
  • Blood, Iron and Gold: How the Railroads Transformed the World by Christian Wolmar
  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson
  • Atlantic by Simon Winchester
  • Empires of the Sea by Roger Crawley
  • Birds Without Wings by Louis De Bernieres
Books read in 2010
  • Manhunt by James L Swanson
  • Gold!: The Fever that Forever Changed Australia by David Hill
  • Salt by Mark Kurlansky
  • Ekateringburg by Helen Rappaport
  • Zulu by Saul David
  • The Twelve Caesars by Suetonius
  • The Devil We Know: Dealing with the New Iranian Superpower by Robert Baer
  • Khomenies Ghost by Con Coughlan
  • Love and Louis IV by Antonia Fraser
  • The Tall Man by Chloe Hooper
Books read in 2009
  • The French Revolution by Christopher Hibbert
  • The Forgotten Children by David Hill
  • Marie Antoinette by Evelyne Lever
  • Thermopylae by Paul Cartledge
  • Mussolini by Christopher Hibbert
  • All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Remarque
  • The Duchess by Amanda Foreman
Books read in 2008
  • The Vietnam Years: From the Jungle to the Australian Suburbs by Michael Caulfield
  • Secret Germany by Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh
  • The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II by Iris Chang
  • The Man Who Stole the Cyprus: A True Story of Escape by Warwick Hirst
  • Hitler and the Holocaust by Rober S. Wistrich
  • Wild Ride: The Rise and Fall of Cobb & Co by Sam Everingham
  • Young Stalin by Simon Sebag Montefiore
  • Closing Hell's Gates: The Death of a Convict Station by Hamish Maxwell-Stewart
  • Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World by Niall Ferguson
Books read in 2007
  • Mr Stuart's Track: The Forgotten Life of Australia's Greatest Explorer by John Bailey
  • Stasiland by Anna Funder
  • The Geneva Convention: The Hidden Origins of the Red Cross by Angela Bennett
  • Hellfire: The Story of Australia, Japan and the Prisoners of War by Cameron Forbes
  • The Long March: The True Story Behind the Legendary Journey that Made Mao's China by Ed Jocelyn
  • Easter 1916: The Irish Rebellion by Charles Townshend
  • The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty: Delhi 1857 by William Dalrymple
  • King, Kaiser, Tsar: Three Royal Cousins Who Led the World to War by Catrine Clay
  • 1932: A Hell of a Year by Gerald Stone
  • Ataturk by Andrew Mango
  • The Last Explorer: Hubert Wilkins Australia's Unknown Hero by Simon Nasht
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