Finally: a book club!

After a year of trying to work out how to do this, the genius Paula Joye from lifestyled.com.au has come to the party with an idea for us to do it together. We had fun with our last video series about fashion so we thought we’d build on that. Here’s how it’s going to work.

We’ll tell you the book we’ve chosen for the month and you have 4 weeks to buy/borrow and read it. Paula and I will then record our conversation about the book and invite two other women to participate in the discussion via webcam (sounds complicated but it’s looking SENSATIONAL in my mind).

You can then watch the chat and participate via comments.

Sound like a plan?


Our first book is going to be a new Australian novel called Indelible Ink by Fiona Mcgregor. Some say it’s going to be as big as The Slap.

Booksellers Readings have posted the following review on the website:

Indelible Ink: Fiona McGregor

‘For a long time now, when people ask me a favourite Australian author, invariably I think and say Fiona McGregor. There is a gutsiness, a splendour and command of language and expression in her writing that thrills me every time I read her. Indelible Ink is a stunning book, a novel that addresses our world and our time with an acute and ferocious acumen. There is also tenderness here and there is wisdom. Marie King, the grandmother who begins to understand living and courage with her first tattoo, is destined, I think, to become of the great characters of Australian literature. This is a superb book by — undeniably now — one of our finest writers. Thanks for publishing this book. It’s f**king gold.’ Christos Tsiolkas

Marie King is a 59-year-old divorcée from Sydney’s affluent north shore. Having devoted her rather conventional life to looking after her husband and three children — who have now all departed the family home — she is experiencing something of an identity crisis, especially as she must now sell the family home and thus lose her beloved garden. On a folly she gets a tattoo.

Marie forges a friendship with her tattoo artist, Rhys, who introduces her to an alternative side of Sydney. Through their burgeoning connection, Marie’s two worlds collide causing great friction within Marie’s family and with her circle of rich friends.

With echoes of Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections, Indelible Ink is a multi-layered examination of how we live now, in which one family becomes a microcosm for the changes operating in society at large.

I’m excited. Paula is excited (and a far better reader than me so thank God for that). Tell me that you’re excited and pencil in July 27th for OUR FIRST BOOKCLUB POST.

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Have you ever belonged to a bookclub? I haven’t. Anything Paula and I should know?