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:  Me Before You
Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.
Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.
Published: 22/08/2012
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780718177027
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Praise for Jojo Moyes:

'What a wonderful, thoughtful and moving book. I was riveted all the way through. Absolutely loved it.' Sophie Kinsella

'Destined to be the novel that friends press upon each other. More than any other, Lou and Will are a couple who readers will take to their hearts as they did One Day's Emma and Dex. A novel that demands an afternoon on the sofa with a fistful of tissues.' Independent on Sunday

'A triumph. Packs such an emotional punch, you'll need a box of tissues.' Elle

'Magical and heartbreaking. Waterproof mascara essential.' Marie Claire

Find out more about Jojo's novels here

Also recommended for book clubs
Book Cover:  Whispers Through A Megaphone
Wise, elegant and full of tender humour, Whispers Through a Megaphone explores how we live in our often deafening world – when all we need to connect with ourselves and others is a bit of silence.
Wise, elegant and full of tender humour, Whispers Through a Megaphone explores how we live in our often deafening world – when all we need to connect with ourselves and others is a bit of silence.
Published: 26/08/2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780670078844
Book Cover:  Nineteen Eighty-Four: Popular Penguins
In the Record Department of the sprawling Ministry of Truth, Winston Smith skilfully rewrites the past to appease the needs of the Party.
In the Record Department of the sprawling Ministry of Truth, Winston Smith skilfully rewrites the past to appease the needs of the Party.
Published: 29/08/2011
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143566496
Book Cover:  Hello From The Gillespies
From the bestselling author of The House of Memories comes a funny and heartfelt novel about miscommunication and mayhem in a family like no other.
From the bestselling author of The House of Memories comes a funny and heartfelt novel about miscommunication and mayhem in a family like no other.
Published: 26/08/2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143572848
Book Cover:  Cloudstreet
Winner of the Miles Franklin Award and recognised as one of the greatest works of Australian literature, Cloudstreet is Tim Winton's sprawling, comic epic about luck and love, fortitude and forgiveness, and the magic of the everyday.
Winner of the Miles Franklin Award and recognised as one of the greatest works of Australian literature, Cloudstreet is Tim Winton's sprawling, comic epic about luck and love, fortitude and forgiveness, and the magic of the everyday.
Published: 05/01/1998
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780140273984
Book Cover:  Golden Boys
Sonya Hartnett's new novel for adults is an unflinching and utterly compelling work from one of Australia's finest writers.
Sonya Hartnett's new novel for adults is an unflinching and utterly compelling work from one of Australia's finest writers.
Published: 27/08/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781926428611
Book club notes
12 Years A Slave
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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, ...
Adventures Of Augie March, The
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 ...
Age Of Innocence, The
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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We are delighted to announce that the following Penguin Random House authors have been shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards:

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