FW BOOK CLUB

WELCOME TO BOOK CLUB

Each month we’ll be reading a compelling book, that is guaranteed to spark great conversation.

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Book Club is curated by the Future Women team and our wonderful book club hosts from around Australia.

Whether it pushes your buttons, insights heated debate, or simply delights, we hope you’ll share your thoughts and feelings along the way. 

Your guide to getting involved:

  1. Get your hands on a copy of the book and read it!
  2. Join the discussion in the private Future Women Member-Only Facebook Group.
  3. Share your reads using the #fwbookclub hashtag.
  4. Mark your diary with upcoming virtual Book Club meetings.

Find yourself short of time but still want to read with us? Purchase the Future Women Book Club pack from Bibliophiles and relax as you receive each title right when you need it. Take advantage of the discount for members and receive all seven books, including postage, for $235.

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July

DR AILEEN MORETON-ROBINSON

TALKIN’ UP TO THE WHITE WOMAN

Dr Aileen Moreton-Robinson "talks up" in this provocative interrogation of feminism in representation and practice. As a Geonpul woman and an academic, she provides a unique cultural standpoint and a compelling analysis of the whiteness of Australian feminism and its effect on Indigenous women.Through an extensive range of articles by non-white scholars and activists, she demonstrates the ways whiteness dominates from a position of power and privilege as an invisible and unchallenged practice.

First published twenty years ago, new editions prove the continued relevance of this classic work as a critique of the whiteness of western feminism.   

“I am a being comprised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction.”

― TAHEREH MAFI, best selling author

August

CURTIS SITTENFELD

RODHAM

In 1971, Hillary Rodham is a young woman full of promise. And then she meets Bill Clinton. In the real world, Hillary followed Bill back to Arkansas, and he proposed several times; although she said no more than once, as we all know, she eventually accepted and became Hillary Clinton. But in Curtis Sittenfeld’s powerfully imagined tour-de-force of fiction, Hillary takes a different road. 

“By fanning out alternate narratives . . . [Rodham] asks us to imagine a different world. . . . And from there, what a short —excruciating, hopeful—leap it is to: Everything could be different.”— NPR

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September

CANDICE CARTY-WILLIAMS

QUEENIE

Queenie Jenkins can't cut a break. Well, apart from one from her long term boyfriend, Tom. That's definitely just a break though. Definitely not a break up. Stuck between a boss who doesn't seem to see her, a family who don't seem to listen (if it's not Jesus or water rates, they're not interested), and trying to fit in two worlds that don't really understand her, it's no wonder she's struggling.

“Candice Carty-Williams is a fantastic new writer who has written a deliciously funny, characterful, topical, and thrilling novel for our times." — Bernardine Evaristo, author of Girl, Woman, Other

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October

JESS HILL

SEE WHAT YOU MADE ME DO

Domestic abuse is a national emergency: one in four Australian women has experienced violence from a man she was intimate with. But too often we ask the wrong question: why didn’t she leave? We should be asking: why did he do it? Investigative journalist Jess Hill puts perpetrators – and the systems that enable them – in the spotlight. 

“The shared stories of coercion and control, the way in which Hill draws out the intimate and the personal to provide a picture of what happens in our country today should be compulsory reading for politicians at every level.’ —Jenna Price, Sydney Morning Herald

“Books may well be the only true magic.”

― ALICE HOFFMAN, American novelist

November

FUTURE WOMEN

UNTOLD RESILIENCE

A new book from Future Women due October 2020.

History celebrates the brave wins and noble losses of men, but rarely pays mind to the - sometimes quieter - intelligent determination of women who went before.

This book make a small contribution to setting that skewed presentation of history right. Of paying homage to the remarkable experiences of women, who sought no medals, who gave no aggrandising speeches - the women who put their heads down, and got the job done.

We cannot wait for you to meet them.

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December

EMILY J. BROOKS

THE FIRST MOVE

Today's young women are told we can be anything, so we search for a love to back us, not hold us back. We want the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle kind of love, not Prince William and Kate. Yet, while we unapologetically own our careers and lives and Bumble accounts, we're still unsure whether men truly accept-let alone desire-the women we have become. We are told to lean in at work, but wait for him to call. To ask for the pay rise, but not his number. We are ambitious at work but confused in love.

“Sheryl Sandberg was right: the single most important career decision a woman makes is her choice of life partner. Brooks ignites that conversation for a new generation.” — Jamila Rizvi

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January 2021

TARA JUNE WINCH

THE YIELD

The yield in English is the reaping, the things that man can take from the land. In the language of the Wiradjuri yield is the things you give to, the movement, the space between things: baayanha. Knowing that he will soon die, Albert ‘Poppy’ Gondiwindi takes pen to paper.

August Gondiwindi has been living on the other side of the world for ten years when she learns of her grandfather’s death. Her homecoming is bittersweet as she confronts the love of her kin and news that Prosperous is to be repossessed by a mining company. Determined to make amends she endeavours to save their land – a quest that leads her to the voice of her grandfather and into the past, the stories of her people, the secrets of the river.

“Mesmerising and important.”— Melissa Lucashenko

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