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Paddington Library Book Club meets on the first Wednesday of the month (with the exception of January) from 6-7pm at Paddington Library.

Paddington Library Book Club is currently full. If you are interested in joining a waitlist, please contact Woollahra Libraries at

Books to be discussed in 2023

February Louis de BernieresThe Dust that Falls from Dreams
March Anthony DoerrCloud Cuckoo Land
April Tinghui ZhangFour Treasures of the Sky
May Emily St. John MandelSea of Tranquility
June Bridget CollinsThe Betrayals
July Ayad AkhtarHomeland Elegies
August Bonnie GarmusLessons in Chemistry
September Damon GalgutThe Promise
October Ian McEwanLessons: A Novel
November John BoyneA History of Loneliness
December Geraldine BrooksHorse

Books discussed in 2022

February Min Jin LeePachinko
March Matt HaigThe Midnight Library
April Maggie O'FarrellHamnet
May Craig SilveyHoneybee
June Joseph ConradHeart of Darkness
July Tara June WinchThe Yield
August Brit BennettThe Vanishing Half
September Erik LarsonDead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
October Elizabeth GilbertCity of Girls
November Richard FlanaganThe Narrow Road to the Deep North
December Pip WilliamsThe Dictionary of Lost Words

Books discussed in 2021

February Leo TolstoyAnna Karenina
March Anne EnrightThe Green Road
April Trent DaltonBoy Swallows Universe
May Ann PatchettBel Canto
June Celeste NgLittle Fires Everywhere
July Jeanine CumminsAmerican Dirt
August David NichollsUs
September Min Jin LeePachinko
October Khaled HosseiniAnd the Mountains Echoed
November Siri HustvedtThe Blazing World
December Richard FlanaganFirst Person

Books discussed in 2020

Curtis Sittenfeld Eligible
Shirley Barrett Rush Oh!
Khaled Hosseini And the Mountains Echoed
David Nicholls Us
Erik Larson Dead Wake
Hannah Kent The Good People
Evie Wyld All the Birds, Singing
Eleanor Catton The Luminaries
Kent Haruf Our Souls at Night
Min Jin Lee Pachinko
Siri Hustvedt The Blazing World

Books discussed in 2019

Amor Towles A Gentleman In Moscow
Anthony Doerr All the Light we Cannot See
Elizabeth Strout Olive Kitteridge
Heather Morris The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Michael Ondaatje Warlight
Ian McEwan The Children Act
Kamila Shamsie Home Fire
Gail Honeyman Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Mohsin Hamid Exit West
Jane Harper The Dry
Haruki Murakami Norwegian Wood

Books discussed in 2018

Mark Henshaw The Snow Kimono
Geraldine Brooks Year of Wonders
Rose Tremain The Gustav Sonata
Ailsa Piper Sinning Across Spain
Margaret Atwood The Handmaids Tale
Martin Walker Children of War
William Dalrymple The Return of a King
Rohinton Mistry A Fine Balance
Dominic Smith The Last Painting of Sara de Vos
Clive James Unreliable Memoirs
Julia Baird Victoria the Queen

Books discussed in 2017

Liane Moriarty Big Little Lies
Helen MacDonald H is for Hawk
Sarah Hall The Wolf Border
Karen Joy Fowler We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Rose Tremaine The Road Home
Alain de Botton The Course of Love
Charlotte Wood The Natural Way of Things
Lauren Groff Fates and Furies
Geraldine Brooks The Secret Chord
Andy Weir The Martian
Ian McGuire Smart Water

Books discussed in 2016

Ian McEwan Atonement
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Americanah
Kate Atkinson Life After Life
M. L. Stedman The Light Between Oceans
Helen Garner The First Stone
Emily St John Mandel Station Eleven
Harper Lee To Kill A Mockingbird & Go Set A Watchman
Ali Smith How To Be Both
Jerome K. Jerome Three Men and a Boat
Paul Fischer A Kim Jong-Il Production
Aravind Adiga The White Tiger

Books discussed in 2015

Connie Willis Bellwether
Jean Rhys Wide Sargasso Sea
Josephine Tey The Daughter of Time
Marilynne Robinson Gilead
Thomas Hardy Far From the Madding Crowd
Barbara Trapido Brother of the More Famous Jack
Ursula Le Guin The Dispossessed
Evie Wyld All the Birds, Singing
Alice Munro The Love of a Good Woman
Julie Myerson Then
Iain Peters An Instance of the Fingerpost

Books discussed in 2014

M L Stedman The Light Between Oceans
Amy Waldman The Submission
Clive James The Silver Castle
Hannah Kent Burial Rites
Jhumpa Lahiri The Lowland
Henning Mankell A Treacherous Paradise
Richard Flanagan The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Graham Greene Our Man In Havana
Markus Zusak The Book Thief
Jaspreet Singh Helium

Books discussed in 2013

John Steinbeck East of Eden
Simon Mawer The Glass Room
Ruth Park The Harp in the South
Malcolm Knox The Life
C J Sansom Dominion
David Malouf Ransom
Graham Greene The Quiet American
Anna Seba That Woman: the Life of Wallis Simpson
Linda Jaivin The Infernal Optimist

Books discussed in 2012

Daphne du Maurier Rebecca
Arnold Zable Violin Lessons
Muriel Barbery The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Kate Grenville The Secret River
Stieg Larsson The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Emma Donoghue Room
Kathryn Stockett The Help
Marina Mewycka A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
Stephenie Meyer Twilight
Robertson Davies Murther & Walking Spirits
Helen Garner The First Stone

Books discussed in 2011

Mary Anne Shaffer & Annie Barrows The Guernsey Literary
Peter Carey Parrot and Olivier in America
Kazuo Ishiguro Never let me go
Jane Austen Persuasion
Howard Jacobson The Finkler Question
Damon Galgut In a strange room
J. G. Farrell Troubles
Joseph Heller Catch-22
Vladimir Nabokov Lolita
Paul Torday Salmon fishing in the Yemen

Books discussed in 2010

Chimamanda Adichie Half of a yellow sun
Nancy Horan Loving Frank
Amanda Foreman Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire
Evelyn Waugh Brideshead revisited
Alex Miller Lovesong
Giuseppe Tomasi de Lampedusa The Leopard
M J Hyland This is how
John Fante Ask the dust
Sarah Waters The little stranger
Rebecca Stott Darwin and the barnacle

Books discussed in 2009

Cunxin Li Mao's last dancer
Geraldine Brooks People of the book
Helen Garner The spare room
Kate Atkinson Case histories
Ian McEwan Enduring love
Khaled Hosseini A Thousand splendid suns
Barbara Kingsolver The Poisonwood bible
Mitch Albom The Five people you meet in heaven
William P Young The Shack
Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin Three cups of tea
Aravind Adiga The white tiger

Books discussed in 2008

Rachel Seiffert Afterwards
Ann Patchett Bel Canto
Alice Sebold The lovely bones
Tracy Chevalier Girl with a pearl earring
Audrey Niffenegger The time traveler's wife
Markus Zusak The book thief
Elizabeth Gilbert Eat, pray, love
Edith Wharton The House of Mirth