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Book Club

November 24 - 11:30 am-12:30 pm


This month we will meet to discuss ‘The Dickens Boy’ by Tom Keneally.

In this joyful novel, our narrator is Charles Dickens’s tenth child, Edward Bulwer Lytton Dickens, known as Plorn. Sent, as his brother Alfred had been before him, at sixteen years of age, to Australia to learn to ‘apply himself’. We follow his early Australian adventures in outback NSW learning to become a man from the most diverse and toughest of men.

Plorn did not expect he would encounter the same veneration of his father and familiarity with his work in Australia that was rampant in England. Against this backdrop, and featuring cricket tournaments, horse-racing, bushrangers, sheep droving, shifty stock and station agents, frontier wars and first encounters with Australian women we follow Plorn, and sometimes his brother Alfred, through wonderful adventures as he works to apply himself.

This is Tom Keneally in his most familiar terrain. Taking historical figures and events and reimagining them with verve, compassion and humour. It is a romp.


This meeting will take place in person at our Clubhouse and also via Zoom.
Cost $10pp includes coffee & tea.

Clubhouse – Please register via the ‘Tickets’ section below.
Zoom – The link is in the ‘Website’ section below.

This event is only for Members and their guests.


November 24
11:30 am-12:30 pm
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Carabella Room


Sylwia Kaminska
02 9017 0139


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