Ben's Book Club: March

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 March 28, 7.30 pm AEDT

Join author Chris Hammer as he swaps seats with Ben Hobson to discuss Ben's new novel ‘The Death of John Lacey’. 

The Death of John Lacey

An Australian Western set in the goldfields of Ballarat, ‘The Death of John Lacey’ is a viscerally powerful story of greed, power and violence.

"He felt the lump of gold still in his pocket. He would find his way out of this place and leave his brother happy and he would etch his name into the red earth or be damned."

John Lacey's lust for power and gold brings him riches and influence beyond his wildest dreams. Only he knows the terrible crime he committed to attain that wealth. Years later, as Lacey ruthlessly presides over the town he has built and named after himself, no one has the courage to question his power or how he wields it.

A powerful dissection of dispossession, colonisation and the crimes committed in their name, The Death of John Lacey is also a moving and tender account of the love between brothers and a meditation on the true meaning of mercy and justice.

Ben Hobson

Ben Hobson is a teacher, and an author, based in Brisbane. ‘To Become a Whale’ (BorrowBox eBook), his debut novel, was released in 2017. It was longlisted for the ABIA Debut Fiction award and shortlisted for the Courier-Mail's People's Choice Award. His second novel, literary thriller ‘Snake Island’ (Libby eBook) and (Libby eAudioBook), was released in 2019. He also runs the Burgers, Beers and Books podcast with fellow author Ashley Kalagian Blunt.

Ben's third novel, 'The Death of John Lacey' is this month’s featured Ben's Book Club title, and available to borrow on Libby (eBook), without any waitlists or reservations!

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2023 series

Tuesday February 28

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

Zoom Recording: February Event
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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.