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

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Margaret Martin Library, Randwick

3rd Thursday of the month

11am - 12pm

The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst

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

Kim by Rudyard Kipling

Lionel Bowen Library, Maroubra

4th Tuesday of the month

6:30pm - 7:30pm

Purity by Jonathan Franzen

Malabar Community Library, Matraville

3rd Tuesday of the month

10am - 11am

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

History Book Clubs

Location

Date

Time

Title for discussion

Margaret Martin Library, Randwick

4th Thursday of the month

6pm - 7pm

Mythos by Stephen Fry

Malabar Community Library, Matraville

1st Tuesday of the month

10am - 11am

Ghost Empire by Richard Fidler

Gothic/Horror Book Club

Location

Date

Time

Title for discussion

Lionel Bowen Library, Maroubra

3rd Thursday of the month

6.30pm - 7.30pm

Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Trembley

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
Books read in 2015
Books read in 2014
Books read in 2013
Books read in 2012
Books read in 2011

History 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
  • 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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