Earlier this year The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje was named as the Golden Booker winner, a special one-off award for the Man Booker Prize’s 50th anniversary celebrations as chosen by the public as the best work of fiction from the last five decades of the Man Booker Prize. To complete our 11 years of memories & reflections, we ran our own Golden BookClub pick, asking our 4 current BookBonding bookclubs (we've had 7 groups at our peak) what was their favourite read over the years. They were allowed 1 vote per year they had been a member - with 8 members joining in their groups in the inaugural 2007/2008 year! Here are the OVERALL results;
Winner Equal 1st = The Choke by Sofie Laguna (2017) and Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (2014)
2nd place =The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan (2013),
Equal 3rd place = The Street Sweeper by Elliot Perlman (2012) and The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne (2017).
Equal 4th place= The Dry by Jane Harper (2016), Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey (2009), The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (2013) and All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (2016).
What a great and diverse list, and maybe some titles to add to your own bookclub or personal to be read pile!
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After 11 years of operation, Bookbonding is closing down on Friday 19th October.
Please make sure you use all loyalty points and vouchers before Oct 19th. Reminder you need to have $20 or more in loyalty points to be valid to use. Any further queries please do not hesitate to pop in or contact us on 5420 7758 or via email.
Thanks to all who have already said goodbye and wished us well. For those we haven’t seen yet, we hope to see you before we close, or at least at our farewell party on Fri 19th Oct 4-7pm. If not possible, best wishes, happy reading and keep supporting bricks and mortar bookstores so that they may thrive, and so too do Australian writers.
See our final newsletter (click here) for all the highlights of the past 11 years and a last round of staff favourites and Christmas picks.
See below for all the closing-down specials.
Natasha (co-owner and manager)