Book Club

Announcing a Travel Book Club!

Hosted by Endless Travel Literary Tours and HearthFire Books and Treats

Thursday, May 31st @ Noon

Whether you’re an armchair traveler, or you travel all the time, join us for a Travel Book Club.

Our Travel Bookclub is heading to the land “Down Under”

Australia – May 31st @ 12PM – Discussion led by Kappy Kling

Highlighted Book:

The Secret River – Kate Grenville              Historical Fiction
In 1806 William Thornhill, an illiterate English bargeman and a man of quick temper but deep compassion, steals a load of wood and, as a part of his lenient sentence, is deported, along with his beloved wife, Sal, to the New South Wales colony in what would become Australia. The Secret River is the tale of William and Sal’s deep love for their small, exotic corner of the new world, and William’s gradual realization that if he wants to make a home for his family, he must forcibly take the land from the people who came before him.

Other Australian Books to transport you there:

In a Sunburned Country – Bill Bryson                   Travel Essay
Despite the fact that Australia harbors more things that can kill you in extremely nasty ways than anywhere else, including sharks, crocodiles, snakes, even riptides and deserts, Bill Bryson adores the place, and he takes his readers on a rollicking ride far beyond that beaten tourist path. Wherever he goes he finds Australians who are cheerful, extroverted, and unfailingly obliging, and these beaming products of land with clean, safe cities, cold beer, and constant sunshine fill the pages of this wonderful book. Australia is an immense and fortunate land, and it has found in Bill Bryson its perfect guide.

The Fatal Shore – Robert Hughes               History/Non-Fiction
In this bestselling account of the colonization of Australia, Robert Hughes explores how the convict transportation system created the country we know today.   Digging deep into the dark history of England’s infamous efforts to move 160,000 men and women thousands of miles to the other side of the world in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Hughes has crafted a groundbreaking, definitive account of the settling of Australia.

Picnic at Hanging Rock – Joan Lindsey     – Mystery
A 50th-anniversary edition of the haunting novel about the disappearance of three boarding school girls that inspired the acclaimed film.   It was a cloudless summer day in the year 1900. Everyone at Appleyard College for Young Ladies agreed it was just right for a picnic at Hanging Rock. After lunch, a group of three girls climbed into the blaze of the afternoon sun, pressing on through the scrub into the shadows of the secluded volcanic outcropping. Farther, higher, until at last they disappeared. They never returned. Mysterious and subtly erotic, Picnic at Hanging Rock inspired the iconic 1975 film of the same name by Peter Weir. A beguiling landmark of Australian literature.

The Songlines – Bruce Chatwin                   Travel Essay
Part adventure, part novel of ideas, part spiritual autobiography, The Songlines is one of Bruce Chatwin’s most famous books. Set in the desolate lands of the Australian Outback, it tells the story of Chatwin’s search for the source and meaning of the ancient “dreaming tracks” of the Aborigines–the labyrinth of invisible pathways by which their ancestors “sang” the world into existence.

The Dry – Jane Harper   (Also “Force of Nature”)            Mystery
Kappy’s note:   This one is just for fun by one of the hottest, newest Australian authors – it is a detective mystery but creates the sense of place we are looking for.

“After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke’s steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn’t tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead.

And if you want to check out some of Linda’s favorite current Australian Authors whose books take place in Australia.

Markus Zusak – Best known for “The Book Thief”, however, “I am the Messenger” takes place in Sydney and portrays the suburbs and attitudes of the young.

Liane Moriarty – “Big Little Lies, “The Husband’s Secret”, “Truly Madly Guilty”. All occur in the Sydney suburbs and are fun intrigue.

Liane’s sister, Nicola Moriarty, is also now writing and her books are similar. Try “The Fifth Letter”.

Andy Griffiths – These are children’s books, but if you have children or grandchildren, they are must have’s.

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