April 2019

This month we discussed Women and Power by Mary Beard. This book compiles two lectures given by Beard, one in 2014 and another in 2017. In these lectures she discusses various topics related to women and power, and how women have been excluded from public speaking and positions of power at different times in History.

We all need this kind of analysis, even if we think that everything has been done and said about the role of women in the structures of power. Beard doesn’t offer any solutions, it just describes the situation as it is and she ventures some theories about how it could be, if we all worked on making equality possible.

Women and Power is an engaging book and it clearly shows how far away we are from having a balanced distribution of power. Our book club had one of the best discussions we had for a long time, a lot of us had stories of unfairness to tell and had in some way experienced all the problems mentioned in the book. It was very satisfying to hear what our members had to say about their own experience as women in society, at work and in general. We all hoped that the new generation would be able to carry on working towards better conditions for all of us.

Mary Beard is a professor of Classics in Cambridge and she has done a great job as a communicator in her television shows Rome and Civilizations, making the classical world come alive for a lot of us.

You can find a good review of the book here and an intelligent interview to Mary Beard here.

Ratings: Claudia 3.5, Di 3.5, Gail 3, Meg 3.5, Sandra 4 and Pauline 3.

We will meet next on the 13/05/19 at 6:30PM at Preece House, 50 Nerang St Bischof Pioneer Park, Nerang (next to 54 Nerang St. shops) to discuss Milkman by Anna Burns winner of The Man Booker Prize 2018.

Hope to see you all there and happy reading!

 

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.
Feel free to have a look at our Booklist for 2019 and Newsletters in the sidebar. If you are reading this blog in a mobile device, switch to desktop view.

CONTACT DETAILS

We meet from 6:30 to 8:30 PM on the 2nd Monday of every month at the heritage listed Preece House located at Bischof 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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