Book Club

DULDIG BOOK CLUB
1st Thursday of the month, 10:30am and 6:30pm
Join us in the new venture and travel with us to the ends of the earth with tales true and bold ... the reading list will be diverse and promises to generate many stimulating conversations.

$20 adults, $18 Duldig Friends & Supporters, $15 Students

OUR FACILITATORS

Fiona Clarke
Fiona Clarke worked for many years as a Social Worker and during this time completed post graduate studies in Fine Arts at University of Melbourne. She later completed her Secondary Teaching Diploma of Education in English and History at Monash University. Fiona recently worked as a sessional teacher at the National Gallery of Victoria for thirteen years. She facilitated the NGV Book club for over three years and curated two NGV Writers Festivals. She has also been a Voluntary guide at the NGV for eighteen years.

Merren Ricketson
Merren is a English/Humanities teacher. She worked as a sessional Educator at the National Gallery of Victoria for over 30 years using the collections to enhance students’ written and oral communication skills. Merren was the Curator of Top Arts for 16 years and managed the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority’s  Season of Excellence, working closely with student artists, designers and performers for over a decade. More recently Merren studied Auslan and currently works with Deaf artists on monthly public tours at the NGV, and as a sessional teacher at the Victorian College for the Deaf. 

THE BOOKS


2 May 2019 , PLEASE NOTE: It will be a 10.00am start for this session only.
Into Thin Air
 

By Jon Krakauer
(Facilitated by Fiona Clarke)

A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that "suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down." He was wrong. The storm, which claimed five lives and left countless more--including Krakauer's--in guilt-ridden disarray, would also provide the impetus for Into Thin Air, Krakauer's epic account of the May 1996 disaster.


6 June 2019 
Eleanor Oliphant  is Completely Fine
By Gail Honeyman
(Facilitated by Fiona Clarke)


No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine. 

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. 

But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.

Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the smart, warm, and uplifting story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes. . . 

The only way to survive is to open your heart.
 


4 July 2019
Crime and Punishment
By Fyodor Dostoyevsky
(Facilitated by Merren Ricketsen)

Crime and Punishment, Russian Prestupleniye i nakazaniye, novel by Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky, first published in 1866. His first masterpiece, the novel is a psychological analysis of the poor former student Raskolnikov, whose theory that he is an extraordinary person able to take on the spiritual responsibility of using evil means to achieve humanitarian ends leads him to murder. The act produces nightmarish guilt in Raskolnikov. The story is one of the finest studies of the psychopathology of guilt written in any language.



1 August 2019
Red Notice How I Became Putins’s No. 1 Enemy
By Bill Browder

(Facilitated by Fiona Clarke)

November 2009. An emaciated young lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, is led to a freezing isolation cell in a Moscow prison, handcuffed to a bed rail, and beaten to death by eight police officers. His crime? To testify against the Russian Interior Ministry officials who were involved in a conspiracy to steal $230 million of taxes paid to the state by one of the world's most successful hedge funds. Magnitsky's brutal killing has remained uninvestigated and unpunished to this day. His farcical posthumous show-trial brought Putin's regime to a new low in the eyes of the international community. Red Notice is a searing expose of the wholesale whitewash by Russian authorities of Magnitsky's imprisonment and murder, slicing deep into the shadowy heart of the Kremlin to uncover its sordid truths. Bill Browder - the hedge fund manager who employed Magnitsky - takes us on his explosive journey from the heady world of finance in New York and London in the 1990s, through his battles with ruthless oligarchs in the turbulent landscape of post-Soviet Union Moscow, to his expulsion from Russia on Putin's orders.

Browder's graphic portrait of the Russian government as a criminal enterprise wielding all the power of a sovereign state illuminates his personal transformation from financier to human rights activist, campaigning for justice for his late lawyer and friend. With fraud, bribery, corruption and torture exposed at every turn, Red Notice is a shocking but true political roller-coaster that plays out in the highest echelons of Western power.



1 September 2019
The Remains of the Day
By Kazuo Ishiguru

(Facilitated by Fiona Clarke)

In the summer of 1956, Stevens, a long-serving butler at Darlington Hall, decides to take a motoring trip through the West Country. The six-day excursion becomes a journey into the past of Stevens and England, a past that takes in fascism, two world wars, and an unrealised love between the butler and his housekeeper.