September 2016

the-watchtower“After Laura and Clare are abandoned by their mother, Felix is there to help, even to marry Laura if she will have him. Little by little the two sisters grow complicit with his obsessions, his cruelty, his need to control. Set in the leafy northern suburbs of Sydney during the 1940’s, The Watch Tower by Elizabeth Harrower is a novel of relentless and acute psychological power”. A very good description by Goodreads of the book we discussed in our September meeting, and one with which we fully agree.

Most of our members found it a difficult read, if satisfying. The emotional abuse has no end and is described in a very skilful way. This novel was the fourth and last by Elizabeth Harrower, first published in 1966, before she quit writing in 1977. She had finished another novel, In Certain Circles, that was only published in 2014, after she withdrew it from publication in 1971.
Nobody knows exactly why she stopped writing, and if it wasn’t for Text Publishing’s decision to re-issue all her books, we wouldn’t have known about her excellent writing. Some of it is revealed in an interview in The Australian that makes interesting reading.

Next month we get together on October 10th at Preece House, to discuss At Grand Central Station I Sat Up and Wept by Canadian writer Elizabeth Smart. Hope to see you there and happy reading.
Ratings: Claudia 3.5, Denise 3.5, Di 3.5, Gail 4, Janet 4, Kim 3.5, Margie 3, Penny 3.5 and Viv 3.

About Us

We are a group that gets together once a month to discuss good books. Each of us gets to choose a book on a rotational basis, preferably one outside our personal comfort zone – we try to keep the trash to ourselves. After the discussion, we comment on other books we read that month. Most of the time we remain friends after the meeting.

Preece HouseWe meet at the 1948 heritage Preece House, 50 Nerang St Bischof Pioneer Park, Nerang (next to 54 Nerang St. shops) on the second Monday of every month from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. excluding Public Holidays. A small contribution is required towards the rent of the room, but not if you are a first timer. The amount depends on the number of people attending.
One book title is chosen each month and we all read that book. There is a ‘host’ who introduces and co-ordinates the discussion. The role of host is rotated around the group so that each member has the opportunity to nominate their book (it could also be an author, theme or genre). The host also acts as chairperson for that meeting.
Although we are not a social club (we are readers), we occasionally attend literary events, relevant movies or plays here at the Gold Coast, Brisbane or Byron Bay. We conform to basic meeting practices and everyone has an equal opportunity to express their opinion. Everyone’s interpretation is valid, as long as it’s expressed respectfully.
We welcome any new members who share our aims and are happy to contribute to our group. Newcomers are not required to have read the book to attend the first meeting and no contribution is required from them.
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CONTACT DETAILS

We meet from 6:30 to 8:30 PM on the 2nd Monday of every month at the heritage listed CERAMIC HOUSE located on Bischoff Park, Nerang Street (next corner White St), Nerang next door to shops at 54 Nerang Street. Please contact us for info on meetings that fall on Public Holidays.
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