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In this Book Club event, Alan Brough will be discussing Kate Grenville’s The Lieutenant. The Lieutenant, a prequel of sorts to Grenville’s landmark novel The Secret River, is a vivid work of historical fiction about the British colonisation of Australia. The novel traces the journey of Lieutenant Daniel Rooke, an astronomer with the First Fleet, and the unique friendship he forms with an Aboriginal child.

The Lieutenant is the second in a trilogy of novels of Australia’s European settlement that concludes with the publication of Grenville’s new novel, Sarah Thornhill.

The Wheeler Centre is delighted to partner with the Centre for Adult Education (CAE) Book Groups the largest network of organised book clubs in the country.

The days when reading was thought of as a solitary activity are long gone. Sure, curling up alone with a book is all well and good, but the real fun kicks in when you get a chance to talk about what you’ve read with other book-lovers. In partnership with CAE Book Groups we’re offering our own occasional book club – this is your opportunity to join us to discuss a set book with fellow readers and the incomparable Alan Brough.

Join us for Kate Grenville’s The Lieutenant.


Tony Wilson

Tony Wilson is an author of more than 20 books for all ages and several genres. His picture books Hickory Dickory Dash and The Cow Tripped Over the Moon were bestseller and both were selected as National Simultaneous Storytime titles. His most recent book for adults is 1989: The Great Grand Fin... Read more

Jane Clifton

Jane Clifton is an actor, singer, author and genuine show-business all-rounder.

Well-travelled, urbane and witty, Jane is a solver of cryptic crosswords and is in constant demand as MC, performer and trivia quiz mistress (not to mention marriage celebrant).

Jane Sullivan

Jane Sullivan came to Australia from England in 1979 and worked for the Age as a reporter, feature writer and editor of various sections, including the books pages. Jane won the inaugural Australian Human Rights Award for journalism. At present, she writes a Saturday column, ‘Turning Pages’, and... Read more

Alan Brough

Alan Brough was born in New Zealand and is quite a bit older than he’d like to be. Alan has always loved books and, from an early age, wanted to be a writer. Then he and his Dad went to see Star Wars and Alan decided that, actually, he really, really, really, really, really wanted to be an act... Read more


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