Ben's Book Club: June

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 June 27, 7.30 pm AEST

In this month's May event Ben Hobson will be chatting to author Joan Sauers to discuss her compulsive new thriller ‘Welcome to Echo Lake’.

Welcome to Echo Lake

In the sleepy, scenic Southern Highlands of New South Wales, a beautiful young woman goes missing.

Six years later, recently divorced historian Rose McHugh leaves the city to start a new life in the Highlands and finds a roll of film buried in her back garden. On it are photos of the missing woman.

Against the advice of an enigmatic detective, she uses her powers of persuasion and her knack for deciphering clues to pursue the case. As Rose searches through tangled secrets and hidden places haunted by the past, she realises there is a killer at large.

As she makes new friends, and dangerous enemies, Rose closes in on a suspect—but will she solve the mystery too late to save herself?

Set in the atmospheric villages and forests of the Southern Highlands, ‘Echo Lake’ is a compulsive read that will keep you guessing until the very end.

Joan Sauers

Born in New York, Joan Sauers is a screenwriter, producer and author who worked in London, Los Angeles and New York before settling in Australia.

She has had fourteen books published and has also written many screenplays. She is currently writing the TV series Ladies in Black, and a sci-fi romance created by her daughter, as well as her next Southern Highlands mystery. Joan divides her time between Sydney and the Southern Highlands, with one daughter and two grandsons.

Joan's debut thriller, 'Welcome to Echo Lake' is this month’s featured Ben's Book Club title, and is available to borrow on Libby (eBook) and Libby (eAudioBook) without any waitlists or reservations!

We also have the print copy currently on order, if you wish to make a reservation as well.

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2023 series

Tuesday April 25

The April edition of Ben's Book Club features author Joanna Jenkins discussing her gripping thriller ‘How to Kill a Client’.

Tuesday March 28

The March edition of Ben's Book Club features author Chris Hammer and Ben Hobson discussing Ben's new novel ‘The Death of John Lacey’. 

Zoom Recording: March Event
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Tuesday February 28

The February edition of Ben's Book Club features author and journalist Genevieve Gannon to discuss her new family drama The Gifted Son.

Tuesday January 24

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

2022 series

Tuesday November 22

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

Zoom Recording: November Event
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Tuesday October 25

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

Zoom Recording: October Event
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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.