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Ben's Book Club powered by Libby - July

A new online bookclub via the Libby app.

Join Ben's Book Club, hosted by author Ben Hobson, online each month.

Using the Libby app by OverDrive, read or listen to the selected title for the month, then join Ben as he sits down with the author and discusses the intricacies and themes of the novel.

A new title will be available each month. No waiting lists, so get reading!

This month’s featured title, ‘The White Girl', should be available to borrow from your local library with no waitlists or holds! If not, you can request your library buys this title. Download Libby and find your local library to start reading:


How far would you go to save someone you love?

Odette Brown has lived her whole life on the fringes of a small country town. Raising her granddaughter Sissy on her own, Odette has managed to stay under the radar of the welfare authorities who are removing Aboriginal children from their communities. When the menacing Sergeant Lowe arrives in town, determined to fully enforce the law, any freedom that Odette and Sissy enjoy comes under grave threat. Odette must make an impossible choice to protect her family.

While set in the 1960s, 'The White Girl' is searingly relevant to contemporary Australian society.

‘The issues that are raised in the novel persist; from the actual levels of incarceration of Indigenous youth, to the unnecessary removals of children from families and community. I also think that Aboriginal women continue to experience high levels of racism, disadvantage and the associated indignities that accompany prejudice. And, they are also as brave as ever,’ says Tony Birch.

‘I have such respect for the strength of Aboriginal women,’ he comments. ‘I knew I could not tell a story on behalf of them, but I do hope that Aboriginal women sense something of their own courage in Odette.’

In 'The White Girl', leading Indigenous storyteller Tony Birch has created memorable characters whose capacity for love and courage are a timely reminder of the endurance of the human spirit.

Register here
Tuesday 27 July, 7.00pm
Via Zoom link and the LibraryMuseum