Get deep into discussion at your next book group with these handpicked reads from our expert librarians! This list covers our favourite titles for book groups and since they are our top picks, we have many copies and formats available.

We have brilliant Australian literary titles such as Burial ritesThe chemistry of tears and The choke or try standout titles like Richard Flanagan's Man Booker Prize winner The narrow road to the deep north or Pulitzer Prize winner Geraldine Brooks with Year of wonders and The secret chord.

Dissect movie adaptations The helpThe light between oceansThe dressmaker, The book thief or smash hit TV series The miniaturistThe handmaid's taleBig little lies and The secret river.

Love a true story? Reckoning: a memoir by Madga Szubanski or Hillbilly elegy by J. D. Vance should help start some conversations. 

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Titles over winter are:

July- When breath becomes air by Paul Kalanithi

August- The secret history by Donna Tartt

Recommended reads for book groups


The handmaid's tale* by Margaret Atwood

The heart goes last* by Margaret Atwood

The sense of an ending* by Julian Barnes

The other side of the world by Stephanie Bishop

Between a wolf and a dog* by Georgia Blain

The secret chord by Geraldine Brooks

Year of wonders* by Geraldine Brooks

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

The chemistry of tears* by Peter Carey

Amnesia* by Peter Carey

Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

The truth about the Harry Quebert affair by Joel Dicker

All the light we cannot see: a novel* by Anthony Doerr

The woman in the window by A. J. Finn

The narrow road to the deep north* by Richard Flanagan

Every note played by Lisa Genova

The little Paris bookshop by Nina George

The secret river* by Kate Grenville

The dressmaker by Rosalie Ham

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

The nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The party by Robyn Harding

Golden boys by Sonya Hartnett

The mere wife by Maria Dahvana Headley

Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine* by Gail Honeyman

And the mountains echoed by Khalid Hosseini

Burial rites* by Hannah Kent

Our souls at night* by Kent Haruf

The choke by Sofie Laguna

Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig

Grace by Paul Lynch

The children act* by Ian McEwan

Nutshell by Ian McEwan

On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan

Autumn Laing by Alex Miller

Big little lies* by Liane Moriarty

The tattooist of Auschwitz* by Heather Morris

Hear the wind sing by Haruki Murakami

The strange library by Haruki Murakami

Little fires everywhere by Celeste Ng

Everything I never told you by Celeste Ng

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

A spark of light by Jodi Picoult

Jasper Jones* by Craig Silvey

The last painting of Sara de Vos* by Dominic Smith

The light between oceans* by M. L. Stedman

Anything is possible* by Elizabeth Strout

The goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The secret history by Donna Tartt

Mateship with birds* by Carrie Tiffany

Brooklyn: a novel by Colm Toibin

Barracuda* by Christos Tsiolkas

The lost swimmer by Ann Turner

A spool of blue thread by Anne Tyler

The nowhere child by Christian White

Underground railroad by Colson Whitehead

Cloudstreet* by Tim Winton

Cairo* by Chris Womersley

A little life by Hanya Yanagihara

The book thief* by Markus Zusak


Only: a singular memoir by Caroline Baum

Lion by Saroo Brierley

The road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson

Boy erased: a memoir by Garrard Conley

The hare with amber eyes by Edmund De Waal

The happiest refugee by Anh Do

Flesh wounds by Richard Glover

Talking to my country by Stan Grant

One life by Kate Grenville

Alan Turing: the enigma by Andrew Hodges

A honeybee heart has five openings by Helen Jukes

When breath becomes air by Paul Kalanithi

The King's speech by Mark Logue

The lost child of Philomena Lee by Martin Sixsmith

Reckoning: a memoir by Madga Szubanski

Hillbilly elegy by J. D. Vance

Educated by Tara Westover

First we make the beast beautiful by Sarah Wilson

Why be happy when you could be normal? by Jeanette Winterson

The boy behind the curtain by Tim Winton

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Titles with an asterisk (*) are also available for free from our eBook collection.

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