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Afternoon Book Club reading lists

Reading lists of books discussed at the Afternoon Book Club meetings.
Updated: 17/06/2019 8:39 p.m.

June  2019

Topic:a novel that became a film

  • The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  • My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
  • The Ghost by Robert Harris
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J K Rowling
  • The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham
  • The Lilac Bus by Maeve Binchy
  • Dunkirk by Christopher Nolan
  • Look Who’s Back by Timur Vermes
  • Bulibasha: King of the gypsies by Witi Ihimaera
  • Mahana (DVD based on Bulibasha)
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  • Mao’s Last Dancer by Li Cunxin
  • Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding 

May 2019

Topic: art

  • The New Zealanders by George French Angas
  • Kakahi New Zealand by Peter McIntyre
  • Leonardo da Vinci by Carlo Pedretti
  • Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec: les affiches by Daniele Devynck
  • Myths and Legends of Aotearoa retold by Annie Rae Te Ake Ake
  • Oswald Blumhardt: New Zealand plant pioneer by Catherine Ballard
  • Sleuth by Philip Mould
  • The Corset by Laura Purcell
  • The Memory Code by Dr. Lynne Kelly
  • The Artist’s Library by Laura Damon-Moore and Erinn Batykefer
  • Hundertwasser: in the colour of his brush by Andrea C Furst
  • Hieronymus Bosch: the complete works by Stefan Fischer
  • Basquiat
  • Portraits: John Berger on artists ed by Tom Overton
  • Alive in Shape and Color ed by Lawrence Block
  • Keeping an Eye Open by Julian Barnes
  • Nothing If Not Critical by Robert Hughes 

April 2019

Topic: New Zealand History

  • Kitty by Deborah Challinor
  • A Conscientious Bloody Clergyman curated by the Waipu 150 Trust
  • An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand in 3 volumes
  • Parihaka: the art of passive resistance ed by Te Miringa, Gregory O’Brien and Lara Strongman
  • Volcanoes of the South Wind: a volcanic guide to Tongariro National Park by Karen Williams
  • Aotearoa: the New Zealand story by Gavin Bishop
  • A Savage Country by Paul Moon
  • 12 Rules for Life: an antidote to chaos by Jordan B Peterson
  • Sleeps Standing Moetu: a story of the battle of Orakau by Witi Ihimaera and Hemi Kelly
  • Ancient Celtic New Zealand by Martin Doutre
  • People, People, People: a brief history of New Zealand by Stevan Eldred-Grigg
  • The Western Front: a guide to New Zealand battlefields and memorials by Ian McGibbon
  • The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli



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