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SAG Book Club

SAG has an online book club! Join us four times a year as we get together to explore a book related to family history. This is a chance to meet authors, share ideas with other enthusiastic readers and gain new perspectives on our own family history research.

How does it work?

SAG Book Club events are free to SAG members. Each event runs via Zoom for 1.5 hours. Sometimes we will be joined by the book’s author or another special guest, and sometimes we’ll have opportunities for small discussion groups to share our reactions and insights with fellow SAG members.

What do I have to do?

1.    Check out our reading list below and register for the events you’d like to join.

2.    Track down a copy of the book and read it. (There are some helpful links in the event information).

3.    On the night, grab your favourite beverage and join the Zoom meeting!

2024 book club events

Monday 8 July 7.30pm AEST - Nuclear Family with Kate Davies online


Bookings via www.sag.org.au/events

Past events

Wednesday 30 August 2023, special Meet the Author event - Reaching Through Time: My family's stories with Dr Shauna Bostock Recording link


Tuesday 8 August 2023: A Disappearance in Fiji, Nilima Rao

Recording for members link (all Society members can access recordings of past events)

'This is an utterly charming novel. The setting is exotic and the characters are intriguing. Nilima Rao is an author well worth discovering.’ - Alexander McCall Smith, bestselling author of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series

1914, Fiji: Akal Singh, 25, would rather be anywhere but this tropical paradise – or, as he calls it, ‘this godforsaken island’. After a promising start to his police career in Hong Kong, Akal has been sent to the farflung colony of Fiji as punishment for a humiliating professional mistake. Lonely and grumpy, Akal plods through his work and dreams of a return to Hong Kong, or even his native India. An indentured Indian woman goes missing from a sugarcane plantation and Fiji’s newspapers scream ‘kidnapping’, just as the Indian indentured servitude program is being scrutinised for alleged abuses. 

How to find a copy

Check your local library for print and e-book copies (look on your local council’s website for details, or search via Libraries.org). Buy online: Amazon options including audio book.




Monday 15 May 2023: Flesh and Blood - A History of My Family in Seven Sicknesses, Stephen McGann

Recording for members link (all Society members can access the recordings of past events)


'Eloquent in its metaphors, this book is about memory, how it shapes us, and what we choose to pass on' The Irish Times

Stephen McGann's investigation into his family history revealed a legacy of immigration, illness and survival. In Flesh and Blood, he unearths their stories, which are deeply intertwined with the history of medical progress, social change and the development of a nation. Join us in our online book club for an opportunity to meet the author, share ideas with other enthusiastic readers and gain new perspectives on our own family history research. This event is FREE for Society members - if you are not yet a member, we'd love you to join!


How to find a copy

Check your local library for print and e-book copies (look on your local council’s website for details, or search via Libraries.org). Buy online: https://www.simonandschuster.com.au/books/Flesh-and-Blood/Stephen-McGann/9781471160813


Tuesday 21 February 2023: The Sawtooth Slayer, Nathan Dylan Goodwin

Recording for members link (all Society members can access the recordings of past events)


(via Goodreads) April 2020, Twin Falls, Idaho. A serial killer is on the loose. A nameless man is kidnapping young  women from their own homes, taking them out of the city to kill them before returning their bodies to random locations around the city. Detective Maria Gonzalez heads up the investigation but has very few leads to pursue. As time passes and fears rise that the killer might strike again with a fifth victim, Maria turns to Venator—an investigative genetic genealogy company—in the hope that they can identify the killer from his DNA alone before he has the chance to take yet another life. Despite her initial reticence to take on the company’s first ever live case, Madison Scott-Barnhart and her team in Salt Lake City agree to try to reveal the identity of this barbaric serial killer. In the midst of the global pandemic that has closed the Venator office and posed both personal and professional problems for Madison, time is running out on this case.

This is the second novel in the Venator Cold Case series, although it can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story.

How to find a copy

Check your local library for print and e-book copies (look on your local council’s website for details, or search via Libraries.org).

Buy online: https://www.nathandylangoodwin.com/shop 


Friday Hang Out with the SAG Book Stories with Jill Ball

Book list from  Friday 30 June

Book list from Friday 14 April 

See www.sag.org.au/hangout for details (Society members only - not yet a member? Join us! www.sag.org.au/join-us)


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