A few brains gathered over wine, cheese, and floor to ceiling shelves of books last week for the first monthly Mr Turner Book Club meeting. We discussed our favourite moments in Kamila Shamsie’s Home Fire, sparking moments between our favourite characters. As well as the innermost creative thoughts in all our thinking and creating, inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic.

This month, we’re reading one novel – as it’s longer than our last two. Get your hands on a copy of Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance. We’ll be gathering at 6:30 pm on Thursday, 29th of March at a location in Sydney. Send your RSVP to or click here and read how to get involved.

I encourage everyone to buy your books from an independent bookseller and support your local businesses. There’s nothing quite like having something tangible to attach yourself to, such as a physical book and it’s characters.


With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that recall the work of Charles Dickens, this magnificent novel captures all the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India.

The time is 1975. The place is an unnamed city by the sea. The government has just declared a State of Emergency, in whose upheavals four strangers–a spirited widow, a young student uprooted from his idyllic hill station, and two tailors who have fled the caste violence of their native village–will be thrust together, forced to share one cramped apartment and an uncertain future.

As the characters move from distrust to friendship and from friendship to love, A Fine Balance creates an enduring panorama of the human spirit in an inhuman state.



See you at the end of the month!
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