Libby Book Club for WA - August 2023

Event 3 August 2023

The Libby Book Club for WA is a monthly digital book club available exclusively to Western Australian library members  hosted by local author David Allan-Petale.

The book club is delivered online with all attendees having the opportunity to engage and interact with the featured author each month.

South Perth and Manning library members can borrow the book chosen for the Libby Book Club for WA with no waiting or holds on the Libby reading app.

August Book Club

Join author David Allan-Petale in conversation with Together We Read author Kirsty Manning to discuss her novel The Paris Mystery. This event will be hosted on Zoom, the link will be sent to all attendees on the day of the event.

Between August 16-30, Together We Read invites anyone with a library card to borrow Australian author Kirsty Manning's wonderfully received novel The Paris Mystery, as an e-book or audiobook, and join Australia’s biggest annual online book club.

Together We Read is a Digital Book Club that is featuring participating libraries in Australia. During this two-week program, there will be no waitlists and no holds for the selected title. Download  Libby reading app to borrow the free ebook or audiobook from your library using your phone or tablet.

During this digital book club, guests will have the opportunity to ask questions, interact with the authors, and enjoy a well-rounded bookish discussion.

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David Allan-Petale

David Allan-Petale is a Perth/Boorloo writer whose debut novel ‘Locust Summer’ (Fremantle Press) was longlisted for the 2021 ALS Gold Medal and shortlisted for the 2022 WA Premier’s Book Awards. The manuscript was shortlisted for the 2017 Australian/ Vogel’s Literary Award, and developed through a fellowship at Varuna, the National Writers’ House. David worked for many years as a journalist in WA and internationally with BBC World and Al Jazeera, and is passionate about helping the arts sector thrive.  

Kirsty Manning

Since moving Kirsty Manning grew up in northern New South Wales. A country girl with wanderlust, her travels and studies have taken her through most of Europe, the east and west coasts of the United States and pockets of Asia. Kirsty's debut novel, The Midsummer Garden, was published in 2017. Her second book, The Jade Lily, was published in 2018 followed by The Lost Jewels (2020), The French Gift (2021) and The Paris Mystery (2022). The Hidden Book is Kirsty's sixth novel. Her novels are also published in the United States and in Europe.

About the book - The Paris Mystery

As Australian journalist Charlotte (Charlie) James alights at the Gare du Nord, ready to start her role as correspondent for The Times, she steps into a city in turmoil as war becomes increasingly likely. Charlie is chasing her first big scoop and quickly makes contact with local expats Lord and Lady Ashworth to aid her connections in the new city.

It is at the Ashworth’s highly anticipated and extravagant circus party on the summer solstice eve that Charlie James is thrown into a new world of Parisian society accustomed to sumptuous parties, couture fashion, bohemian wine bars and plenty of secrets. Celebrations are brought to an abrupt halt as a chilling scream rings out and the body of a prominent guest is discovered. Charlie is determined to unravel exactly what happened and finds herself leading her own murder investigation to follow the clues and untangle Paris’ elite connections and secrets…

In this magnificent new beginning to the joyful Charlie James series, Manning beguiles with glamour and mystery set in a Paris of great upheaval and uncertainty.