Stay-at-home Book Club: October







BelowDeckWelcome to our online Book Club as we all adapt to a little more time at home! This month's book, as voted by you, is Sophie Hardcastle's debut novel, 'Below Deck'.

Hardcastle's novel is 'a heartbreakingly poetic and haunting story about the vagaries of consent, about who has the space to speak and who is believed.'

'Twenty-one-year-old Olivia hears the world in colour, but her life is mottled grey. Estranged from her parents, and living with her grandfather who is drowning in sadness, Oli faces the reality of life beyond university alone.'

'When she wakes on a boat with no recollection of how she got there, she accepts the help of two strangers who change the course of her future forever. With Mac and Maggie, Oli learns to navigate a life upon open ocean and the world flowers into colours she's never seen before.' (Allen & Unwin, 2020)

'Lyrical, profound, and deeply moving Sophie Hardcastle's Below Deck will confront as well as soothe, and is the most tender, hopeful battle-cry of a book.' - Brooke Davis

Read more about the book from Allen & Unwin here.

Click here to read more from the author, Sophie Hardcastle, in her interview with the Guardian. In this piece, Sophie speaks further about 'Below Deck' and the experiences that lead her to write this extraordinary book.

How does the Stay-at-home Book Club work?

  • Click the 'attend' button below and fill in your details to register your place. Registrations will close two hours before the event and a link will be emailed to you prior to the session, along with instructions on how to participate.
  • Download your FREE copy of this month's book, 'Below Deck', from our eLibrary collection HERE thanks to RBdigital.
  • Find yourself a comfy place at home, settle in and get reading!
  • On Wednesday 28 October, check your email inbox for a link to join our online discussion. Tune in at 6.30pm for a lively chat with your fellow readers!

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Event Details

Event Date Wednesday 28 October, 6:30pm
Event End Date Wednesday 28 October, 8:00pm
Location Online
No bookings required
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