Warrandyte Book Club

2019 Book List

Aug 06, 2020

Selected by: Mary

The Dark Flood Rises - Margaret Drabble

3.61 out of 5 stars from 1,796 Ratings 386 Reviews. Published 2017

Francesca Stubbs has a very full life. A highly regarded expert on housing for the elderly who is herself getting on in age, she drives “restlessly round England,” which is “her last love . . . She wants to see it all before she dies.” Amid the professional conferences she attends, she fits in visits to old friends, brings home-cooked dinners to her ex-husband, texts her son, who is grieving over the sudden death of his girlfriend, and drops in on her daughter, a quirky young woman who lives in a floodplain in the West Country. The space between vitality and morality suddenly seems narrow, but Fran “is not ready to settle yet, with a cat upon her knee.” She still prizes her “frisson of autonomy,” her belief in herself as a dynamic individual doing meaningful work in the world.

This dark and glittering novel moves back and forth between an interconnected group of family and friends in England and a seemingly idyllic expat community in the Canary Islands. It is set against a backdrop of rising flood tides in Britain and the seismic fragility of the Canaries, where we also observe the flow of immigrants from an increasingly war-torn Middle East. With Margaret Drabble’s characteristic wit and 

deceptively simple prose, The Dark Flood Rises enthralls, entertains, and asks existential questions in equal measure. Of course, there is undeniable truth in Francesca’s insight: “Old age, it’s a fucking disaster!” 

Born in 1939 Dame Margaret Drabble has written 18 novels including A Summer Bird-Cage, The Millstone, The Peppered Moth, The Red Queen, and the recently acclaimed The Pure Gold Baby. She has also authored biographies, screenplays and was editor of the Oxford Companion to English Literature. Appointed DBE in the 2008, she was awarded the 2011 Golden PEN Award for Service to Literature.

May 01, 2019

Selected by: Chris

The Lost Man - Jane Harper

4.53 Stars out of 5 from 756 Ratings 153 Reviews  Published 2018


Two brothers meet at the border of their vast cattle properties under the unrelenting sun of outback Queensland. They are at the stockman’s grave, a landmark so old, no one can remember who is buried there. But today, the scant shadow it casts was the last hope for their middle brother, Cameron. The Bright family’s quiet existence is thrown into grief and anguish. Something had been troubling Cameron. Did he lose hope and walk to his death? Because if he didn’t, the isolation of the outback leaves few suspects…

Jane Harper is international bestselling author of The Dry and Force of Nature. Jane has won numerous top awards including the Australian Book Industry Awards Book of the Year, the Australian Indie Awards Book of the Year, the CWA Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel, and the British Book Awards Crime and Thriller Book of the Year. Her books are published in more than 36 territories worldwide, with film rights sold. Jane worked as a print journalist for thirteen years both in Australia and the UK, and now lives in Melbourne.

Jun 05, 2019

Selected by: Dorothy

The Fox - Frederick Forsythe

 3.94 stars out of 5 from 831 Good Reads Ratings & 119 Reviews

Published 2018 'Forsyth deserves his place among the thriller greats.' The Times. 'The master of the modern espionage novel returns . . . this is Forsyth at his spellbinding best.' Daily Mail


Most weapons do what you tell them. Most weapons you can control.

But what if the most dangerous weapon in the world isn’t a smart missile or a stealth submarine or even an AI computer programme?.

What if it’s a 17-year-old boy with a blisteringly brilliant mind, who can run rings around the most sophisticated security services across the globe, who can manipulate that weaponry and turn it against the superpowers themselves? How valuable would he be? And what wouldn’t you do to get hold of him?


The Fox is a race-against-time thriller across continents to find and capture, or protect and save, an asset with the means to change the balance of world power. Whatever happens he must not fall into the wrong hands. Because what follows after that is unthinkable…


Frederick Forsyth CBE is an English author and occasional political commentator, best known for thrillers such as The Day of the Jackal, The Odessa File, The Fourth Protocol, and The Dogs of War.

Jul 03, 2019

Selected by: Michael

The Year of the Farmer - Rosalie Ham

3.54  stars out of 5 from 109 Ratings & 25 Reviews. Published 2018

In a quiet farming town somewhere in country New South Wales, war is brewing. The last few years have been punishingly dry, especially for the farmers, but otherwise, it's all Neralie Mackintosh's fault. If she'd never left town then her ex, the hapless but extremely eligible Mitchell Bishop, would never have fallen into the clutches of the truly awful Mandy, who lords it over everyone as if she owns the place.

So, now that Neralie has returned to run the local pub, the whole town is determined to reinstate her to her rightful position in the social order. But Mandy Bishop has other ideas. Meanwhile the head of the local water board - Glenys 'Gravedigger' Dingle - is looking for a way to exploit farmers already deep in debt. And Mandy and Neralie's war may be just the chance she was looking for...A darkly satirical novel of a small country town battling the elements and one another, from the author of The Dressmaker.

Born and raised in Jerilderie, NSW, Australia, Rosalie Ham completed a degree majoring in Drama and Literature at Deakin University 1989. She then achieved a Master of Arts, Creative Writing RMIT, Melbourne in 2007. Rosalie lives in Brunswick, Melbourne, and when she is not writing, Rosalie teaches literature. Her novels have sold over 50,000 copies.

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