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August 2020 Book Club Recommendation: A Room Made of Leaves by Kate Grenville

Liz Robinson

By Liz Robinson on 3rd August 2020

A Room Made of Leaves by Kate Grenville is a piercing siren-call of a novel; it really encourages thoughts to fly as well as being a truly beautiful read. We think this LoveReading Star Book would make the perfect novel for a book club. There is just so much to discover within the pages, and it is a book that will nudge at your thoughts, long after you have finished reading. 

While we are quite sure that you always come up with lots of questions yourselves, and could quite happily chat about your chosen books forever, we have a few suggested questions to start you off:

  • How do you feel about the fact that this is inspired by a real person, do you think the linking of a novel with a person who existed in history has worked?
  • The cover is gorgeous, did it influence your thoughts as to the novel before you started to read, and once you had finished, how did the cover speak to you?
  • The chapters are short and intense, how did this affect your reading of the book?
  • What did you think about Elizabeth’s relationship with John, and how well did she handle his temperament?
  • Reading between the lines of history is a fascinating concept, how has it altered your thinking about historical records?
  • How do you think Kate Grenville dealt with the indigenous aspects of this story?
  • When you realised the connection to the title, what did you think, does it feel like the right fit for the book?
  • How do you feel Elizabeth changed during the novel and what were your final thoughts about her?
  • Did the Author’s Note at the end change your thoughts about the novel?
  • What three words would you use to sum up this novel?

Will you enjoy A Room Made of Leaves as much as we have, do let us know what you think.

If you enjoyed this, read more of our Book Chat blogs. If you're looking for more Book Club Recommendations, you can find our selections here. If you're looking for more ideas for your book club, have a read through our Book Club of the Month features.

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Fiona K - 10th September 2020

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Mark W - 9th September 2020

The question about the indigenous aspects is fascinating (and very current): To what extent should authors speak from a characters perspective and reflect contemporary views and attitudes? To what extent should authors attempt to reflect the views of other cultures and try to speak of an experience that they have not been party to .

Patricia A - 8th September 2020

Not only the cover but the fact it is a hardback would make me pick it up. I love reading my Kindle in bed but nothing beats the feel and scent of a real book!

Susan B - 8th September 2020

Short and intense chapters sounds perfect either for solo reading or group discussion.

Theresa T - 7th September 2020

I love that it's inspired by a real person, I prefer non fiction (but do read fiction) as I like to connect to the charcters

Michelle S - 5th September 2020

I love to read books that are inspired by real people

Glenys W - 4th September 2020

I love the book cover, it sucks you in and makes you want to read the book

Sia M - 3rd September 2020

The cover is gorgeous and definitely draws attention to the book!

Louise C - 2nd September 2020

Would love to get 2 read this

Sarah M - 28th August 2020

Very pretty cover.

Anita H - 22nd August 2020

Hope to read when I go away later this year

Michelle L - 20th August 2020

I have always appreciated historical fiction about a real life person. It adds more depth and curiosity. As well women’s stories were not told as often so the resurgence of this is wonderful

Amy Louise B - 20th August 2020

My book club only reads books once they are in paperback but I’ll keep this in mind for future clubs!

Sarah B - 20th August 2020

The cover is lovely and definitely caught my attention. It's very appropriate for the story.

Susie W - 19th August 2020

I really like novels that use characters from history, Michael Morpurgo does it all the time, with great success, and I much prefer short chapters because I can have a quick read when I've only got a few minutes to spare!

Jenny R - 19th August 2020

I have just finished reading A Room Made of Leaves and have thoroughly enjoyed losing myself in the story. I hadn’t heard of Elizabeth MacArthur before but came to regard her with admiration as the book progressed. I found the short chapters odd at first but as the book progressed it became an excellent way of switching between locations or subjects. Having just finished a book by one of my favourite authors I searched for another of a different genre. This wasn’t a book I might normally have chosen, but I am so very glad that I did. The memory of it will stay with me for a long time and I have already recommended it to friends.

Andrea H - 19th August 2020

Have read Kate Grenville before though not for a few years, so look forward to seeing how her writing has changed.

Lisa C - 19th August 2020

Really looking forward to this -sounds sensuous and evocative !

Helen E - 19th August 2020

I’m looking forward to reading this book, it sounds intriguing.

Claire F - 18th August 2020

interesting questions to consider when reading the book

Annabel G - 18th August 2020

Looks like an interesting read

Megan K - 16th August 2020

Sounds like a great book! Another question could be....how do you think the book will read to future generations? Will it still be relevant?

Linda M - 14th August 2020

So many reasons I want to read this and it sounds like a great one for discussion, so will be recommending to Book Club.

Sally C - 14th August 2020

The cover is gorgeous, did it influence your thoughts as to the novel before you started to read, and once you had finished, how did the cover speak to you? The cover is definitely an influence when choosing a book and this one is fantastic!

Lisa A - 13th August 2020

I would love to read this, it looks like an inspiring book.

Stefan I - 12th August 2020

The review suggests it could be a fantastic read

Natalie B - 11th August 2020

I can't wait to read this xx

Gill W - 10th August 2020

I prefer short and intense chapters as I tend to read in bed so have time to get through a chapter before I fall asleep.

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