Book Discussion Group

An enthusiastic group of readers meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month to discuss a set book by an Australian author. Books chosen for discussion are generally YA titles although the occasional book for Younger Readers is included.  In the past a book by an overseas author has also made the list for discussion.

There are several special events throughout the year. Guest authors are invited to talk about recent publications and, following the announcement of the Book of the Year Awards Short List, the group meets to review all the shortlisted titles.

Everyone is welcome to attend the Book Discussion Group meetings to improve their knowledge of Australian young adult and children’s literature.

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Due to the COVID-19 physical distancing requirements, the Book Discussion Group will continue to meet via Zoom until further notice.


2020 Meeting Dates and Books to be Discussed


Next book


Wednesday, 22 July

A New Kind of Everything by Richard Yaxley

Richard Yaxley won the 2018 Prime Minister’s Award for Young Adult Literature.

Via Zoom

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Forthcoming titles


Wednesday, 26 August

The End of the World is Bigger than Love by Davina Bell

This is award winning author, Davina Bell’s first book for Young Adults.

Wednesday, 23 September

The Lost Soul Atlas by Zana Fraillon

Zana Fraillon’s The Bone Sparrow was a CBCA Honour Book in 2017


Previous titles


Wednesday, 22 January

Invisible Boys by Holden Sheppard

7.00pm University Club Members’ Room

6.00pm University Club Cafe

Contact: Gail Spiers

Wednesday, 26 February

This is How We Change the Ending by Vikki Wakefield

7.00pm University Club Members’ Room

6.00pm University Club Cafe

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Longlisted, the Stella Prize, 2020

‘My YA novel of the year…[Vikki Wakefield] writes brilliantly from inside a teen boy’s head, illuminating his thoughts and words with searing understanding and empathy, along with hints of hope.’

Wednesday, 25 March

It Sounded Better in My Head by Nina Kenwood

Via email

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Winner of the 2018 Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing

‘An adorably awkward and real romance. It was love at first chapter for me.’ Emily Gale

Wednesday, 22 April

Short List discussion via Zoom

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Wednesday, 27 May

How it Feels to Float by Helena Fox

Via Zoom

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Winner of the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Writing for Young Adults

'Every now and then you pick up a novel and you know you've found something wonderful - a glorious voice, a character you adore. Helena Fox's novel delivers. It is exquisite. Read it.' Cath Crowley

Wednesday, 24 June

Deep Water by Sarah Epstein

Sarah Epstein’s first book, Small Spaces, was a CBCA 2019 Book of the Year: Older Readers Honour Book.