10:05pm – Tuesday, May 4 on ABC1
First Tuesday Book Club enters its 5th year with host Jennifer Byrne, and panellists Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger exploring the world of books; from prize-winners to blockbusters, hot off the press new releases to much loved classics.
The first special guest on the panel is the prize-winning Australian author David Malouf (Remembering Babylon, The Conversations of Curlow Creek and Ransom). The Club’s second guest Is Cate Kennedy, author of the highly acclaimed novel The World Beneath and an award- winning short-story writer who has twice won The Age short story competition. The books for May are: The Museum Of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk ‘It was the happiest moment of my life, though I didn’t know it.’ And so begins the new novel from the universally acclaimed author of Snow and My Name is Red, his first since winning the Nobel Prize. It is a perfect Spring in 1975, Istanbul. Kemal, heir to one of the town’s wealthiest families, is about to become engaged to Sibel, from another aristocratic family, when he encounters Füsun, a beautiful shop girl, and a distant relation.
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys Wide Sargasso Sea is the story of Antoinette Cosway, a Creole heiress who grew up in the West Indies on a decaying plantation. When she comes of age she is married off to an Englishman, and he takes her away from the only place she has known – a house with a garden where ‘the paths were overgrown and a smell of dead flowers mixed with the fresh living smell. Underneath the tree ferns, tall as forest tree ferns, the light was green. Orchids flourished out of reach or for some reason not to be touched.’ First Tuesday Book Club With Jennifer Byrne will be repeated on ABC2 – Sunday, May 09 at 6:30pm