FW x HACHETTE AUSTRALIA
WELCOME TO BOOK CLUB
Each month we’ll be reading a compelling book, that is guaranteed to spark great conversation.
Is there anything better than a hot cup of tea and a really good book? Yep, there sure is. Getting together with mates to discuss the book afterwards.
The FW x Hachette Book Club is curated by the Future Women team and hosted by Jamila Rizvi and Astrid Edwards.
We gather together online to discuss, dissect, debate and delight in the title we’ve been reading.
From romantic tales to political turmoil, from identity and ideals to relationships and rescues, we discuss books that are making headlines and best seller lists.
Here’s how you can get involved:
1. Get your hands on a copy of the book and read it!
2. Join Jamila and Astrid for the virtual lunch time book club discussions, which are scheduled for the rest of the year. See below for dates and links to RSVP. The virtual events will be broadcast to everyone on Instagram Live.
3. You don't have to be a member to join in the conversation, so please tell your friends!
And if this many book discussions are still not enough, then Hachette and Future Women have got you covered.
Anonymous Was a Woman, our podcast about women in books, women who read books, and women who write books, is currently in its third season.
Also hosted by Jamila and Astrid, new episodes drop twice weekly. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts, so that you never miss an episode.
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“I am a being comprised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction.”
― TAHEREH MAFI, best selling author
WHO IS MAUD DIXON?
Florence Darrow wants to be a writer. Correction: Florence Darrow IS going to be a writer.
Fired from her first job in publishing, she jumps at the chance to be an assistant to the celebrated Maud Dixon, the anonymous best-selling novelist.
The arrangement comes with conditions – high secrecy, living in an isolated house in the countryside. Before long, the two of them are on a research trip to Morocco, to inspire Maud’s much-promised second novel.
Beach walks, red sunsets and long, whisky-filled evening discussions . . . win-win, surely?
Until Florence wakes up in hospital, having narrowly survived a car crash. How did it happen – and where is Maud Dixon, who was in the car with her?
‘Stylish and sharp, with wicked hairpin turns, Who is Maud Dixon is part Patricia Highsmith, part All About Eve and pure fun.’ – Maria Semple
“Books may well be the only true magic.”
― ALICE HOFFMAN, American novelist
We believe there's no such thing as too many books on your bedside table, so we've squeezed in a bonus Book Club in November. If you're a fan of our podcast Anonymous was a Woman, you will have heard Jamila Rizvi and Astrid Edwards talking about this book already! It's the debut from trans writer and historian Dr Yves Rees. All About Yves is already generating a whole lot of buzz, so we can't wait to discuss this incredible memoir with you too.
DR YVES REES
ALL ABOUT YVES
Was I always trans, part boy beneath my skin, or was it that I landed in a place where 'girl' was a container so small it could break your bones?
I learn that a ready smile and sympathetic ear are the only props required to impersonate a woman. The performance becomes so familiar I almost forget that it's staged.
What happens when, aged 30, you understand you're transgender?
This was the question that confronted Yves Rees, a historian whose life was upended by gender transition in 2018. Then known as a woman called Anne, Yves was forced to grapple with the sudden knowledge that they were not, in fact, female at all.
But when you've lived a lie for so long, how do you discover who you really are? And how do you re-learn to live in the world as a different gender?
All About Yves tells their moving journey of re-becoming, at the same time laying bare the messiness of bodies, gender and identity. It shares the challenges and joys of being transgender in Australia today, and reveals how trans experiences like Yves' can teach all of us about what it means to be human.
The publishing world is abuzz with new feminist texts, which is a great thing for those of us who love to read. However there have been significant and serious questions about borrowing, inspiration, and imitation between Florence Given's Women Don't Owe You Pretty and Chidera Eggerue's How to Get Over a Boy and What a Time to be Alone. What's a diligent book lover to do? Read both, of course. To consider, compare and make up our own minds.
WHAT A TIME TO BE ALONE
In What A Time To Be Alone, The Slumflower will be your life guru, confidante and best friend.
She’ll show you that being alone is not just okay: it’s just about the best freaking thing that’s ever happened to you. As she says, ‘You’re bad as hell and you were made with intention.’ It’s about time you realised.
Peppered with insightful Igbo proverbs from Chidera’s Nigerian mother and full of her own original artwork, What a Time to be Alone will help you navigate the modern world.
We can all decide our own fates and Chidera shows us how, using a three-part approach filled with sass, wisdom and charm. Learn how to celebrate YOU, Don't worry about THEM and Feel the togetherness in US.
WOMEN DON’T OWE YOU PRETTY
Women Don’t Owe You Pretty will tell you to…
love sex, hate sexism,
protect your goddamn energy,
life is short, dump them,
And that you owe men nothing, least of all pretty.
Florence Given’s debut book explores all progressive corners of the feminist conversation; from insecurity projection and refusing to find comfort in other women’s flaws, to deciding whether to date or dump them, all the way through to unpacking the male gaze and how it shapes our identity.
Women Don’t Owe You Pretty is an accessible leap into feminism. It will help you tackle and challenge the limiting narrative you have been bombarded with your whole life, and determine feminism on your own terms. After all, you are the love of your own life.