Download book club notes for the Readings Prize shortlist 2017

Calling all book clubs! If you’re looking for your next book club read we highly recommend one of the six books on this year’s shortlist for the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction. You can read more about each title below, as well as download book club notes.

This year, we’re also pleased to be running a special reading challenge to tie in with our shortlist. Participants can win a $100 Readings gift voucher, and you find the details here.


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The Windy Season by Sam Carmody

A young fisherman is missing from the crayfish boats in the West Australian town of Stark. There’s no trace at all of Elliot, there hasn’t been for some weeks and Paul, his younger brother, is the only one who seems to be active in the search. Taking Elliot’s place on the boat skippered by their troubled cousin, Paul soon learns how many opportunities there are to get lost in those many thousands of kilometres of lonely coastline.

You can download book club notes here


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Australia Day by Melanie Cheng

Australia Day is a collection of stories about people who are young, old, rich, poor, married, widowed, Chinese, Lebanese, Christian, Muslim. What they have in common is the desire we all share to feel that we belong. The stories ask crucial questions about the possibility of human connection in a globalised world.

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Jean Harley Was Here by Heather Taylor Johnson

A woman opens her car door, knocking a passing cyclist into the path of an oncoming van. That cyclist is Jean Harley, but this is not her story. It is the stories of the people she leaves behind – her husband, her mother, her friends, her son, her former lover and the man who was driving the van.

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The Good People by Hannah Kent

Setin a remote valley of south-west Ireland in 1825, three women are brought together by a four-year-old boy. Michaél suffers from a mysterious malady. His grandmother, Nóra Leahy, cares for him with help from Mary, a hired girl. When, amid darkening rumours, they seek advice from the resident wise woman, tragedy appears inevitable.

You can download book club notes here


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The Lost Pages by Marija Peričić

The Lost Pages is the imagined memoir of Franz Kafka’s literary executor, Max Brod. Opening in Prague, 1908, he is the rising star of the literary world. But when a rival, the talented newcomer Franz Kafka, appears on the scene, Max discovers how quickly he can lose everything he has worked so hard to attain.

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From the Wreck by Jane Rawson

From the Wreck reimagines the remarkable story of George Hills, who survived the real-life sinking of the steamship Admella off the South Australian coast in 1859. Haunted by his memories and the disappearance of a fellow survivor, George’s fractured life is intertwined with that of a woman from another dimension, seeking refuge on Earth.

You can download book club notes here


You can read more about the Prize here.

You can buy a specially-priced pack of all six shortlisted books here for $139.95 (was $169.86).

Jean Harley was Here

Jean Harley was Here

Heather Taylor Johnson

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The Good People

Hannah Kent

In the year 1825, in a remote valley lying between the mountains of south-west Ireland, near the Flesk river of Killarney, three women are brought together by strange and troubling events.

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Jean Harley was Here

Jean Harley was Here

Heather Taylor Johnson

A woman opens her car door, knocking a passing cyclist into the path of an oncoming van. The cyclist is Jean Harley. But this is not Jean's story, nor is it the story of her death. It is the stories of the people she leaves...

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The Lost Pages

The Lost Pages

Marija Pericic

In this inspired novel of friendship, fraud, madness and betrayal, Marija Peričić writes vividly and compellingly of an extraordinary literary rivalry.

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 Read reviewAustralia Day

Australia Day

Melanie Cheng

An important and illuminating debut fiction collection about Australian life and identity.

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From the Wreck

Jane Rawson

‘It's hard to find the right words to praise this novel. I think we need a whole new critical vocabulary to be invented. Rawson recreates a vanished historical world with utterly convincing characters as well as inhabits the...

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The Windy Season

The Windy Season

Sam Carmody

An energetically wonderfully Australian story: set in Geraldton, WA, there are sharks, fishermen and accidents with evocative, memorable descriptions of the sea, fishing and the emptiness of loss.

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