Ben's Book Club: June

Ben’s Book Club is a free monthly digital book club. This month he chats with Cameron Hobson about his new book.

Ben’s Book Club

Tuesday 18 June | 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm | Online

Join Ben Hobson in conversation with author Cameron Hobson about his new book "Why do horses run?".

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.

About the book

Missing in every sense of the word, a man walks into the landscape and doesn't stop. Following a traumatic event, in all weather and across all kinds of terrain, Ingvar walks until he can go no further, then gets up and does it again the following day, week after week, month after month, across Australia.

For three years he doesn't know why he keeps going, or whether he is walking towards something or away from it. That is, until he comes to a remote tropical valley harbouring secrets and misfits. There a recently widowed woman, Hilda, allows Ingvar to live in a shed on her property. He hasn't spoken for three years and Hilda chats frequently with her dead husband, but somehow they tolerate each other as they both struggle with the haunting impact of their pasts and grief that won't let them go.

Steeped in mystery and foreboding, Why Do Horses Run? asks crucial questions about love and loss, and what might make a person want to disappear and hit the road indefinitely. It is about our differing responses to trauma and how it can follow us no matter how far we go to get away.

This is an incredible debut explores the propensity of the natural world to both heal and harm, as well as the ineradicable power of kindness and community.

About the author

Cameron Stewart is a writer based in Sydney, Australia. He grew up on farm near Mullumbimby, by way of Alice Springs, Canberra and Cairns. Diversity of place informs much of his writing as does an interest in flawed characters trying to do their best. Cameron holds an MA (Creative Writing) from the University of Technology, Sydney and a BA (Performing Arts) from the University of Western Sydney (Theatre Nepean).

Cameron is an award winning, short fiction writer and has been published in Australia, the UK and the USA. Why Do Horses Run? Is Cameron's debut novel. He is currently working on his second novel, Cosmonaut.

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About Ben Hobson

Ben 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.

You can watch all of the previous Ben's Book Club episodes via the link below.

Previous Ben's Book Club Episodes

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