DULDIG BOOK CLUB
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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.
Thursday 1 October - With Just One Suitcase by Cheryl Koenig (Facilitated by Elizabeth Tulloh)
Two sessions: 10.30am & 6.30pm
Format: Online via Zoom
This epic book, spanning two continents, recounts the story of three generations of two families whose lives unexpectedly intersect in their adopted country. Beautifully capturing the loss faced when war dislocates families, it also tells of the struggles and challenges of starting anew and adapting to a different way of life. With Just One Suitcase serves as a tribute to the courage and resilience of two men who bear the scars of war, and face adversity without surrendering their optimism for the future.
Thursday 5 November - The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton (Facilitated by Fiona Clarke)
Two sessions: 10.30am & 6.30pm
Format: In person at Duldig Studio (subject to any current restrictions and health & safety advice)
Cost: $20 General Admission, $15 Concession, Duldig Friends & Supporters
Set in seventeenth century Amsterdam--a city ruled by glittering wealth and oppressive religion--a masterful debut steeped in atmosphere and shimmering with mystery.
An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris (published 2013)
Recommended by Fiona Clarke: This is a true story about the 1895 'Dreyfus Affair’ that divided the French nation. It is an incredible read and has just been made into a successful film in 2019 by Polanski (of all people!). I propose we choose this as our June book. It’s a little longer than usual but with two months’ notice I hope you can all squeeze it in!
Recommended by Janine Kibblewhite: I am thoroughly enjoying the writing style and keen observations of the author when describing the desk he inherited ..”there were shadows on the walls where [his] pictures hung, burns on the desk from his cigarettes, ring marks on the table from his drinks. A worn track in the carpet shows where he used to push back his chair. His presence oppresses me.” And the description of the end of the day “… the bells of Our Lady of Rouen begin to peal – heavy sonorous, the noise rolls across the river like a barrage, and when it stops, the sudden silence seems to hang in the air like smoke.”
There are also many relevant themes: Politicians expressing personal views, the strength of long friendships, crowd behaviour, “justice corrupted in the name of national security” and I can’t wait to delve into it further.
Travelling in a Strange Land by Irish acclaimed writer David Park (published 2018)
Recommended by Fiona Clarke: This is an absolutely compelling read and very relevant to families today.
Love and Ruin by Paula McLain (published 2018)
Recommended by Fiona Clarke: The tumultuous relationship between Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn in 1937 in Spain during the appalling civil war and a few years later in Cuba
The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker (published 2018)
Recommended by Fiona Clarke: a brilliant re-telling of Homer’s epic poem that inspired David Malouf with his Ransom. It focuses on the cost of war to women through the eyes of Achilles’ concubine Breisis.
Dominion by C. J. Sansom (published 2012)
Recommended by Janine Kibblewhite: this book was recommended to me by fellow Duldig Book Club member Sue. It is based on an alternate history – what if Halifax succeeded Chamberlin as Prime Minister in 1940 instead of Churchill and a peace treaty was signed with the Nazis. Fast forward 12 years and see how increasing government control has impacted society and see how “perfectly decent people could turn out to condone terrible things.” The themes of loyalty, when is it necessary to hide the truth, and the danger of dividing people by nationality and religion as well as a thrilling end.
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Fiona Clarke graduated from the University of Melbourne with a B.A (English and History), B. Social Work, B. Litt (Fine Arts). She later completed her Graduate Diploma of Education Secondary (English and History) from Monash University. While her early career was in Social Work, including four years at the Royal Children’s Hospital, subsequent to having a family, Fiona changed careers to focus on her love of art and books. Having completed her teaching qualifications, Fiona worked as a sessional teacher at the National Gallery of Victoria for thirteen years. In that time, she also facilitated the NGV Book club for three years and curated two NGV Writers Festivals. Fiona has also been a voluntary guide at the NGV for approaching 20 years. Fiona has now facilitated the Duldig Bookclub for over 2 years.
Elizabeth Tulloh graduated from the University of Melbourne with a BA(Hons) in English Literature and Fine Arts, then went on to complete a Diploma of Education. After teaching for many years in government and independent schools, she completed a BLitt(Hons) in Journalism at Deakin University and a Diploma in Editing and Publishing at the University of Southern Queensland. For about ten years, she focused on writing - work which included newsletters and reports for an indigenous community in the Geelong region, several secondary school History and English textbooks, and two community histories. Elizabeth has recently returned to teaching part time, but is also a voluntary guide for the NGV and continues to write when the opportunity arises.