LOVE IS BLIND
Book Of The MOMENT
Does love make you blind?
We never really know if Lika loves Brodie as much as he loves her? Do you think this is deliberate on the part of Boyd – to hold back her love?
Overall would you say Kilbarron's life was enhanced or destroyed by his love for Lika?
Boyd is a strong admirer of Chekhov and these influences of Chekhov run throughout the novel. Were you aware of this when you read the novel? And what other aspects of his writing did you enjoy?
Kilbarron is a flawed genius - why do you think Lika is attracted to this?
As Boyd's fifteenth novel, how similar or different is Love Is Blind compared with his other novels?
CROSSING TO SAFETY
Wallace Stegner was in retirement when he wrote this novel, in fact it was his last? How significant or not is this?
Why place Vermont as the backdrop? Could this book be set anywhere else?
Which couple did you admire the most - the Langs or Charity & Sid? Is this a story about friendship or marriage?
How did Sally's physical challenges impact her relationship with her husband Larry and Charity?
Charity is the most complex character? Love or hate her, what do you think is Stegner's raison d'être?
THE NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH
THE WILD CARD
How easy or difficult was this book to read? How did the author keep you reading?
Dorrigo Evans is a complex character? What do or don’t you like about him and why? And what surprised you the most?
How did his experience of war affect him?
How did the author present the enemy?
The Narrow Road to the Deep North has been described as a dance ‘in and out of the light’. For all its darkness, how is this a book about hope?
There are definitely moments of humour. What do you think Richard Flanagan was trying to achieve? And has it made you feel differently about novels in this genre?