Ben's Book Club

Ben’s Book Club is a free monthly digital book club available exclusively to Australian and New Zealand libraries.

Hosted by best-selling author Ben Hobson, each monthly event features a virtual interview with an author about their selected book.

Library card holders can borrow the book chosen for Ben's Book Club, with no waiting or holds on the Libby reading app. Users with a library card can download the selected title on any device 24/7 on the Libby app or by visiting OverDrive, read the title, and then join Ben online each month to meet the authors, and discuss their books. For each event, a Zoom link will be posted here for guests to join the discussion instantly.

Ben also has a Facebook group where readers can post comments and interact with Ben before each Ben's Book Club event.

Tuesday February 28, 7.30 pm AEDT

Join Ben Hobson in conversation with author and journalist Genevieve Gannon to discuss her new family drama ‘The Gifted Son'. 

The Gifted Son

What if the worst day of your life turns out to be the making of you?

Lillian heard her daughter's footsteps hurry up the passage. She ran her fingers underneath her eyes, ready to greet her son. But when Kate appeared in the doorway her face was white. 'Mum,' Kate said. 'You'd better come. It's the police.'

With two bright children, a beautiful home and a husband she's always depended on, Lillian Hogarth considers herself blessed. Until, on her son Jamie's final day of high school, he fails to come home. Hospitalised by a coward's punch, Jamie has been the victim of a muck-up day celebration that went too far. Lillian's support is unflinching, even as her world begins to crumble. A son whose fate hangs in the balance, a teenage witness who refuses to name the one who threw the punch, and a husband who's hiding a secret that could destroy their marriage. . .

Is this the end of the Hogarth family's good luck? Or will Jamie's determination—and Lillian's love—be the making of them?

Genevieve Gannon

Genevieve Gannon is an award-winning Sydney-based journalist and author of four novels, including Husband Hunters (eBook) and The Mothers (print), (eBook BB), (eBook Libby) and (eAudioBook Libby) She is presently the staff writer for the nation's biggest women's magazine, The Australian Women's Weekly, where she covers everything from cold-case murders and cults to celebrities and sports stars. She has written in-depth political profiles, comedic personal essays and true crime pieces. Her journalism has appeared in most of Australia's major newspapers and she has recently won the Mumbrella Publish Journalist of the Year.

Genevieve's most recent novel, The Gifted Son is this month’s featured Ben's Book Club title and is available to borrow from Libby without any waitlists or reservations!

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2023 series

Tuesday January 24

The January edition of Ben's Book Club features crime writer Jack Heath to discuss his new Timothy Blake novel ‘Headcase’.

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2022 series

Wednesday December 14

Ben's Book Club with Ben Hobson and Library Lovers with Maya Linnell held a Christmas special featuring Maya’s latest rural romance ‘Paperbark Hill’. Joining Ben and Maya in the festivities were Podcaster and florist Rebecca Noble, and Mount Gambier Library Team Leader of Library Programs and the Manager of Library & Community Development, Kristi Brooks.

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Tuesday November 22

The November edition of Ben's Book Club features Craig Silvey discussing his latest children's novel Runt

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Tuesday October 25

The October edition of Ben's Book Club features Petronella McGovern discussing her latest book The Liars.

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Tuesday September 20

Ben hosted a special 'Together We Read' event in September, featuring Jacquie Byron discussing her book Happy Hour.

Tuesday August 23

The August edition of Ben's Book Club features Frank Chalmers discussing his latest book Conviction.

Tuesday July 26

The July edition of Ben's Book Club features Tony Birch discussing his latest book The White Girl.

Tuesday June 28

The June edition of Ben's Book Club features Robert Lukins discussing his latest novel Loveland.

Tuesday May 24

The May edition of Ben's Book Club features Caroline Graham and Kylie Stevenson discussing their latest book Larrimah.

Tuesday April 26

The April edition of Ben's Book Club features Jane Caro discussing her latest book The Mother.

Tuesday March 22

The March edition of Ben's Book Club features Maryrose Cuskelly discussing her latest book The Cane.

Ben Hobson lives in Brisbane with his wife and their two small boys. He currently teaches English and Music at a Brisbane High School.

In 2014 his novella, If the Saddle Breaks My Spine, was shortlisted for the Viva La Novella prize, run by Seizure online. To Become a Whale, his first novel, published in 2017, was longlisted for the ABIA Debut Fiction award, and the Courier Mail’s People Choice Award. His second novel, Snake Island, was released in 2019.