The June Book Club Panel: Toni Jordan and Mark Dapin

The June Book Club Panel: Toni Jordan and Mark Dapin

For our next Better Reading Book Club Live we’re discussing Anthony Doerr’s award-winning All the Light We Cannot See, and Cheryl will be joined on the couch by two renowned Australian writers: Toni Jordan and Mark Dapin!

Toni Jordan green (James Penlidis)-minToni Jordan is the author of four novels. The international bestseller Addition (2008), was a Richard and Judy Bookclub pick and was longlisted for the Miles Franklin award. Fall Girl (2010) was published internationally and has been optioned for film, and Nine Days was awarded Best Fiction at the 2012 Indie Awards, was shortlisted for the ABIA Best General Fiction award and was named in Kirkus Review’s top 10 Historical Novels of 2013. Her latest novel is Our Tiny, Useless Hearts (2016).dapin, mark

Mark Dapin is the author of the novels R&RKing of the Cross and Spirit House. King of the Cross won the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction, and Spirit House was long listed for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and shortlisted for the Age Book of the Year and the Royal Society for Literature’s Ondaatje Prize. His recent work of military history, The Nashos’ War, has been widely acclaimed. He is a PhD candidate at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

Get to know Toni and Mark before you see them for Book Club – check out Toni’s Bookshelf Essentials here, read our interview with Mark here, and be sure to join us LIVE on our Facebook page at 8pm AEST on Wednesday 29th of June!

Click here to learn more about All the Light We Cannot See and to read the first chapter.

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                Synopsis

                An epic novel, set during WW2, from the prize-winner Anthony Doerr. Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure’s agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall.In another world in Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, grows up with his younger sister, Jutta, both enchanted by a crude radio Werner finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a place at an elite and brutal military academy and, ultimately, makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure. Doerr’s gorgeous combination of soaring imagination with observation is electric. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Ten years in the writing, All the Light We Cannot See is his most ambitious and dazzling work.#3 in Australia's Top 100 2016

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