Book Clubs: Penguin Picks

Penguin Books Australia presents remarkable books especially for book clubs. Our book club recommendations are chosen for the great conversations they inspire, their appeal to a wide range of readers, their relevance to topical events and cultural moments, or simply because they tell outstanding stories.

We’ll dive in to new releases, catch up on brilliant books you might have missed, and revisit some classics.

New selections will be added regularly – along with plenty of ideas to spark conversation when you get together with your book club friends. Keep coming back for new surprises!

This month's Penguin pick for book clubs
Book Cover: The Fault in Our Stars
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (author of Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns) is a teen romance with a twist, exploring the tragic business of being alive and in love. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw - The Fault in Our Stars is perfect for young adults and adults alike.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (author of Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns) is a teen romance with a twist, exploring the tragic business of being alive and in love. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw - The Fault in Our Stars is perfect for young adults and adults alike.
Published: 11/01/2012
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143567592
RRP: $19.95
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The Fault in Our Stars movie will be released in Australia on Thursday 5 June!

'A novel of life and death and the people caught in between, The Fault in Our Stars is John Green at his best. You laugh, you cry, and then you come back for more.' Markus Zusak, bestselling and Printz Honor-winning author of The Book Thief

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green's most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

The Fault in Our Stars is the fourth solo novel by author John Green, published in January 2012. The story is narrated by a sixteen-year-old cancer patient named Hazel, who is forced by her parents to attend a support group, where she subsequently meets and falls in love with the seventeen-year-old Augustus Waters, an ex-basketball player and amputee.

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• The Fault In Our Stars film is directed by Josh Boon and stars Shailene Woodley as Hazel, Ansel Elgort as Augustus, Nat Wolff as Isaac and Laura Dern as Hazel's mother.

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Teacher's Notes for The Fault In Our Stars

Book reviews for TFIOS

'An electric portrait of young people who learn to live life with one foot in the grave. Filled with staccato bursts of humor and tragedy, The Fault in Our Stars takes a spin on universal themes-Will I be loved? Will I be remembered? Will I leave a mark on this world?-by dramatically raising the stakes for the characters who are asking.' Jodi Picoult, bestselling author of My Sister's Keeper and Sing You Home

'John Green writes incredible, honest truths about the secret, weird hearts of human beings. He makes me laugh and gasp at the beauty of a sentence or the twist of a tale. He is one of the best writers alive and I am seething with envy of his talent.' E. Lockhart, National Book Award Finalist and Printz Honor-winning author ofThe Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks and The Boyfriend List

Also recommended for book clubs
Book Cover:  This Star Won't Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl
Diagnosed with thyroid cancer at the age of twelve, Esther (Persian for 'Star') Earl was an exceptionally bright and talented - but very normal - teenager. 
Diagnosed with thyroid cancer at the age of twelve, Esther (Persian for 'Star') Earl was an exceptionally bright and talented - but very normal - teenager. 
Published: 29/01/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780141354033
RRP: $19.99
Book Cover:  12 Years a Slave
A film tie-in edition of this eloquent and powerful memoir, to accompany the major new film starring Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
A film tie-in edition of this eloquent and powerful memoir, to accompany the major new film starring Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Published: 02/01/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780141393827
RRP: $19.99
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Book Cover: The Wrong Girl
From the bestselling author of The Younger Man and Amazing Face comes a funny, heartfelt novel about what happens when life, love, work and friendships collide.
From the bestselling author of The Younger Man and Amazing Face comes a funny, heartfelt novel about what happens when life, love, work and friendships collide.
Published: 26/02/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781921901270
RRP: $29.99
Book Cover:  Beams Falling
Beams Falling is the brilliantly compelling and gritty second novel by the rising star of Australian crime writing. A portrait of our recent past, it's also a compulsive and utterly authentic insight into the way both cops and criminals work.
Beams Falling is the brilliantly compelling and gritty second novel by the rising star of Australian crime writing. A portrait of our recent past, it's also a compulsive and utterly authentic insight into the way both cops and criminals work.
Published: 26/02/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780670074525
RRP: $29.99
Book Cover:  Little Failure: A Memoir
Gary Shteyngart's loving but mismatched parents dreamed that he would become a lawyer, or at least an accountant, something their distracted son was simply not cut out to do.
Gary Shteyngart's loving but mismatched parents dreamed that he would become a lawyer, or at least an accountant, something their distracted son was simply not cut out to do.
Published: 20/01/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780241146682
RRP: $32.99
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Book club notes
12 Years a Slave
Reading Notes
INTRODUCTION For a free black man who lived in a society in which most black people were politically proscribed, economically impoverished, and socially ostracized, Solomon Northup lived a good life. He, his wife, and children enjoyed a modest prosperity in the upstate New York community of Saratoga Springs where his reputation as a clever jack-of-all-trades and an accomplished ...
1984
Reading Notes
Book Club Notes for 1984 by George Orwell Book Summary In 1949, on the heels of another literary classic, Animal Farm , George Orwell wrote his now legendary book 1984. His vision of an omni-present and ultra-repressive State is rooted in the ominous world events of Orwell's own time and is given shape and substance by his astute play on our own fears. In year 1984, ...
The Adventures of Augie March
Reading Notes
Book Club Notes for The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow Book Summary Saul Bellow's The Adventures of Augie March burst on the postwar literary scene with the exuberance of a great American author finding his true voice. The most freewheeling of Bellow's heroes, Augie paints a fresh, gritty, comic view of the American landscape and poses anew the perennial ...
The Age of Innocence
Reading Notes
Book Club Notes for The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton Book Summary The Age of Innocence is a title both ironic and poignant: ironic because the 'age' or period of the book, the late nineteenth century, teems with intolerance, collusion, and cynicism; poignant because the only innocence lost is that of Newland Archer, the resolute gentleman whose insight into the machinations ...
Agnes Grey
Reading Notes
Book Club Notes for Agnes Grey by Charlotte Bronte Book Summary Published in 1877, Anne Brontë's first novel exposes with remarkable realism the hardships and exploitation endured by governesses in Victorian England. In a narrative that drew heavily on her own experience, Brontë's goal was not to amuse or to entertain but, as Agnes Grey says, to benefit those ...

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15 Dec 2014
2015 Folio Prize longlist
The longlist for the 2015 Folio Prize includes three titles originated by Penguin Books Australia. These are The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane, Amnesia by Peter Carey and Eyrie by Tim Winton. 

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