Our top picks of the month for book clubs

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For book clubs who enjoy inventive short story collections…

She is Haunted by Paige Clark

In She is Haunted, renditions of the author search for recognition and connection, and, more than anything else, small moments of empathy. But in what world will she move beyond her haunted past and find empathy for herself?

With piercing insights into transnational Asian identity, intergenerational trauma and grief, the dynamics of mother-daughter relationships, the inexplicable oddities of female friendship, and the love of a good dog. Read our review here.


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For book clubs who are a) Exhausted or b) Completely invested in the Epic of Bennifer 3.0…

The View Was Exhausting by Mikaella Clements & Onjuli Datta

Win knows that Hollywood demands perfection - especially from a woman of colour. Leo just wants to enjoy life, and shift press attention away from his dysfunctional family. Together they control the narrative. Except this time, on the shores of Saint-Tropez, Leo is hiding a secret that is about to send Win’s world spinning.

Now everyone’s dream couple must confront the messy reality of their relationship. Just as they’re starting to realise that they might actually be falling in love…


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For book clubs interested in whether familial ties truly bind…

After Story by Larissa Behrendt

When Indigenous lawyer Jasmine decides to take her mother Della on a tour of England’s most revered literary sites, she hopes it will bring them closer together and help them reconcile the past.

Twenty-five years earlier the disappearance of Jasmine’s older sister devastated their tight-knit community. Instead, this tragedy returns to haunt Jasmine and Della when another child mysteriously goes missing on Hampstead Heath. Read our review here.


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For book clubs ready for razor sharp satire…

Hell of a Book by Jason Mott

A Black author sets out on a cross-country publicity tour to promote his bestselling novel. That storyline drives Hell of a Book and is the scaffolding of something much larger and urgent.

For while this heartbreaking and magical book entertains and is at once about family, love of parents and children, art and money, it’s also about the nation’s reckoning with a tragic police shooting playing over and over again on the news. And with what it can mean to be Black in America. Read our review here.


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For book clubs seeking an insightful coming-of-age memoir…

Late Bloomer by Clem Bastow

Clem Bastow grew up feeling like she’d missed a key memo on human behaviour. She found the unspoken rules of social engagement confusing, arbitrary and often stressful. Friendships were hard, relationships harder, and the office was a fluorescent-lit nightmare of anxiety. It wasn’t until Clem was diagnosed as autistic, at age 36, that things clicked into focus.

With wit and warmth, Clem reflects as an autistic adult on her formative experiences as an undiagnosed young person and challenges the broader cultural implications and ideas around autism, especially for women and gender-diverse people. Read our review here.


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For book clubs who enjoy crime with a twist…

The 22 Murders of Madison May by Max Barry

Felicity Staples hates reporting on murders. As a journalist for a mid-size New York City paper, she knows she must take on the assignment to research Madison May’s shocking murder, but the crime seems random and the suspect is in the wind. That is, until Felicity spots the killer on the subway, right before he vanishes. Soon, Felicity senses her entire universe has shifted. No one remembers Madison May, or Felicity’s encounter with the mysterious man.

Felicity soon realises that in pursuit of Madison’s killer, she followed him into a different dimension - one where everything about her existence is slightly altered. Read our review here.


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For book clubs who know our political past is never far away…

Landslide by Michael Wolff

With Fire and Fury Wolff defined the first phase of the Trump administration; in Siege he wrote an explosive account of a presidency under fire.

In Landslide, Wolff closes the story of Trump’s four years in office and his tumultuous last months at the helm of the country, based on Wolff’s extraordinary access to White House aides and to the former president himself, yielding a wealth of new information and insights about what really happened inside the highest office in the land, and the world.

The View Was Exhausting

The View Was Exhausting

Mikaella Clements, Onjuli Datta

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