Avenue Book Club

Current Book Club Titles

May 2018

We Have Always Lived in the Castle
Author: Shirley Jackson

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Wed 9 May 2018, 7pm Fully booked
Thu 10 May 2018, 7pm Limited places available
Tue 15 May 2018, 7pm Fully booked
Wed 16 May 2018, 7pm Limited places available

NOTES: Merricat Blackwood lives on the family estate with her sister Constance and her uncle Julian. Not long ago there were seven Blackwoods - until a fatal dose of arsenic found its way into the sugar bowl one terrible night. Acquitted of the murders, Constance has returned home, where Merricat protects her from the curiosity and hostility of the villagers. Their days pass in happy isolation until cousin Charles appears. Only Merricat can see the danger, and she must act swiftly to keep Constance from his grasp.

June 2018

Home Fire
Author: Kamila Shamsie

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Wed 13 June 2018, 7pm
Thu 14 June 2018, 7pm
Tue 19 June 2018, 7pm
Wed 20 June 2018, 7pm

NOTES: From the Orange and Baileys Prize-shortlisted author comes an urgent, explosive story of love and a family torn apart Isma is free. After years spent raising her twin siblings in the wake of their mother's death, she is finally studying in America, resuming a dream long deferred. But she can't stop worrying about Aneeka, her beautiful, headstrong sister back in London - or their brother, Parvaiz, who's disappeared in pursuit of his own dream: to prove himself to the dark legacy of the jihadist father he never knew. Then Eamonn enters the sisters' lives. Handsome and privileged, he inhabits a London worlds away from theirs. As the son of a powerful British Muslim politician, Eamonn has his own birthright to live up to - or defy. Is he to be a chance at love? The means of Parvaiz's salvation? Two families' fates are inextricably, devastatingly entwined in this searing novel that asks: what sacrifices will we make in the name of love? A contemporary reimagining of Sophocles' Antigone, Home Fire is an urgent, fiercely compelling story of loyalties torn apart when love and politics collide - confirming Kamila Shamsie as a master storyteller of our times.

July 2018

The Death of Noah Glass
Author: Gail Jones

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Wed 11 July 2018, 7pm
Thu 12 July 2018, 7pm
Tue 17 July 2018, 7pm
Wed 18 July 2018, 7pm

NOTES: The art historian Noah Glass, having just returned from a trip to Sicily, is discovered floating face down in the swimming pool at his Sydney apartment block. His adult children, Martin and Evie, must come to terms with the shock of their father's death. But a sculpture has gone missing from a museum in Palermo, and Noah is a suspect. The police are investigating. None of it makes any sense. Martin sets off to Palermo in search of answers about his father's activities, while Evie moves into Noah's apartment, waiting to learn where her life might take her. Retracing their father's steps in their own way, neither of his children can see the path ahead. Gail Jones's mesmerising new novel tells a story about parents and children, and explores the overlapping patterns that life makes. The Death of Noah Glassis about love and art, about grief and happiness, about memory and the mystery of time. The author of seven novels and two collections of stories, Gail Jonesis one of Australia's most celebrated writers. Her work has been translated into twelve languages, awarded several prizes in Australia. Internationally her fiction has been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize and shortlisted for the IMPAC Award and the Prix Femina Étranger. She lives in Glebe, NSW.

August 2018

The Shepherd's Hut
Author: Tim Winton

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Thu 16 August 2018, 7pm Book now
Fri 17 August 2018, 7pm Book now
Mon 20 August 2018, 7pm Book now
Fri 4 May 2018, 7pm
Fri 4 May 2018, 7pm
Fri 4 May 2018, 7pm
Fri 4 May 2018, 7pm
Fri 4 May 2018, 7pm

NOTES: For years Jaxie Clackton has dreaded going home. His beloved mum is dead, and he wishes his dad was too, until one terrible moment leaves his life stripped to nothing. No one ever told Jaxie Clackton to be careful what he wishes for. And so Jaxie runs. There's just one person in the world who understands him, but to reach her he'll have to cross the vast saltlands of Western Australia. It is a place that harbours criminals and threatens to kill those who haven't reckoned with its hot, waterless vastness. This is a journey only a dreamer - or a fugitive - would attempt. Fierce and lyrical, The Shepherd's Hut by Tim Winton is a story of survival, solitude and unlikely friendship. Most of all it is about what it takes to keep hope alive in a parched and brutal world.

Previous Book Club Titles

April 2018 :The Trauma Cleaner
March 2018 :Lincoln in the Bardo
February 2018 :The Life to Come
November 2017 :Days Without End
October 2017 :The Essex Serpent
September 2017 :On the Java Ridge
August 2017 :House of Names
July 2017 :The Museum of Modern Love


Avenue Book Club

We love to discuss books. While we’re happy to do it every day in our stores (just ask us!), we love to spend a dedicated hour or two diving into tomorrow’s bestsellers, lost classics, our favourite new novels, award-winners and works that challenge and charm us. Join us!

Each month, we choose a novel, classic, biography, history or work of nonfiction to discuss, with Avenue booksellers leading rousing discussions over several nights at both of our stores. Sharing our ideas brings a greater enjoyment and understanding to our reading, and it offers us the chance to experience books we wouldn’t have otherwise found. (Please note: book club takes a summer break in December and January, so we can tackle a longer book for discussion each February.)

We have openings for new members at Albert Park and Elsternwick.

  • There’s no membership fee.
  • Use your Avenue Bookstore Card (or sign up for one!) to earn double points on each book club pick. As always, Avenue Bookstore Card members earn points on every purchase, which leads to a 10% rebate.
  • We provide wine and nibbles at each book club meeting.
  • Avenue booksellers facilitate respectful, welcoming discussions.
  • We email book club members each month with the following month’s meeting dates. We ask that members RSVP so we can monitor numbers and close off dates as needed.
  • Book club meetings are strictly for members only. RSVP is essential. If you’d like to join the book club, please contact us.