This months book is The Illustrator by Jill Barclay.
About the book: All her life, Eileen has loved to draw and desired to be a commercial artist. In the 1920s, Eileen’s talents are well recognised in the Goulburn Valley where she is a farmer’s daughter, but this is a place and time when women can only be wives, mothers and homemakers. A woman choosing a career over her husband and baby is unheard of.
‘The Illustrator is based on Jill Barclay’s real grandmother (set in rural Victoria then on to Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland), a woman who just disappears. The novel traces the unpredictable life journey of a young woman who resists conventional expectations. Written with an acute eye for the period and a sympathy for the distressing choices a woman might be forced to make The Illustrator offers an alternative history for being female and not ordinary in the first half of last century.’ Helen Elliott (source:https://www.booktopia.com.au/the-illustrator-jill-barclay/prod9780646986692.html)
Book Club starts at 10am in the Neighbourhood House Library, cost gold coin donation. New readers always welcome.
A full list of book is available on murchison.org.au, or pick one up from the Neighbourhood House.