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Afternoon Book Club reading lists

Reading lists of books discussed at the Afternoon Book Club meetings.
Updated: 18/08/2017 11:45 a.m.

August 2017

Topic: politics

  • Voices from the ‘Jungle’: stories from the Calais refugee camp by Marie Godin
  • W F Massey: New Zealand by James Watson
  • Mussolini’s Island by Sarah Day
  • Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
  • Democracy Kills by Humphrey Hawksley
  • Tomorrow Comes the Song: a life of Peter Fraser by Michael Bassett
  • The Fix: how nations survive and thrive in a world in decline by Jonathan Tepperman
  • The Death of an Owl by Paul Torday
  • New Zealand’s Prime Ministers by Michael Bassett
  • The Man Without a Face: the unlikely rise of Vladimir Putin by Masha Gessen
  • The Boat Rocker by Ha Jin 

July 2017

Topic: women/feminism

  • The Life and Work of Eleanor Roosevelt by Sarah J Purcell
  • Fairfield Hall by Margaret Dickinson
  • Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood
  • All Day at the Movies by Fiona Kidman
  • Excellent Daughters by Katherine Zoepf
  • We Are Afghan Women - introduction by Laura Bush
  • I Call Myself a Feminist by Victoria Pepe
  • Voice Male ed by Rob A Okun
  • The Journal of Hildegard of Bingen by Barbara Lachman
  • Hildegard: the last year by Barbara Lachman
  • Rita Angus: an artist’s life by Jill Trevelyan
  • Moral Disorder by Margaret Atwood
  • The Vagenda by Holly Baxter and Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett
  • The New Soft War on Women by Caryl Rivers and Rosalind C Barnett
  • An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand
  • Freya Stark by Caroline Moorehead
  • The Minaret of Djam by Freya Stark
  • March, Women, March by Lucinda Hawksley
  • Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay 

June 2017

Topic: pre 1900

  • She by H Rider Haggard
  • Pewhairangi: Bay of Islands Missions and Maori 1814-1845
  • Yates’ Landing by Kate Stirling
  • Thunder Children by Kate Stirling
  • Shark Harbour by Kate Stirling
  • Old Time Echoes: Memories of the ship Flying Mist
  • The Gumdigger’s Wife by Christel Jeffs
  • Circles in a Forest by Dalene Matthee
  • The Kauri Gumdiggers by A H Reed
  • Tarara by Senka Bozic-Vrbancic
  • The Colour by Rose Tremain
  • Outlander – Lightbox TV series
  • Music and Silence by Rose Tremain
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles
  • The Last Pearl by Leah Fleming
  • Victorians Undone by Kathryn Hughes 



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