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Alumni Book Club

All University of Southern Queensland alumni, students, staff and friends are invited to participate in our Alumni Book Club.

Throughout 2022, we invite you to join us as we read four books and engage in an online discussion about these works with the authors. This Book Club has come about through a partnership between the University of Southern Queensland School of Humanities and Communications and the Alumni Office. We invite you to read the book anytime leading up to the one hour discussions with the authors of the books and your fellow Alumni Book Club members.


July - August 2022 - Man in the Water

During July and August we will be reading Man in the Water by University of Southern Queensland alumnus and current staff member, Dr David Burton. To know more about Dr David Burton, listen to his interview here.

Man in the Water is a coming-of-age young adult thriller set in a rural mining town in Queensland and follows a teenager who launches an investigation into a mysterious dead body which promptly vanishes after he leaves to report it. 

The webinar discussion for this book featuring author Dr David Burton will occur on Thursday 25 August from 7 – 8 pm AEST. Register for this webinar.

During September and October we will be reading Scales of Empire by University of Southern Queensland alumnus Kylie Chan. To know more about Kylie Chan, listen to her interview here.

In Scales of Empire, Corporal Jian Choumali is on the mission of a lifetime – security officer of one of Earth’s huge generation ships, fleeing Earth’s failing ecosystem to colonise a distant planet.  The ship encounters a technologically and culturally advanced alien empire, led by a royal family of dragons. 

The webinar discussion for this book featuring author Kylie Chan will occur on Thursday 27 October from 7 – 8 pm AEST. Register for this webinar.

During May and June we will be reading The Birdman’s Wife by Melissa Ashley. To know more about Melissa Ashley, listen to her interview here.

In The Birdman’s Wife, a young girl falls in love with a demanding and ambitious genius, comes into her own as a woman, artist and adventurer while defying convention by embarking on a trailblazing expedition to collect and illustrate Australia’s birdlife. 

Watch the webinar discussion of this book featuring author Melissa Ashley.

The first book of 2022 was Car Crash: A Memoir by Lech Blaine.

This book recalled when in 2009, Lech Blaine walked away unscathed from a car accident in Toowoomba involving seven teenage boys. Three of his friends died and two were seriously injured. The driver was later acquitted of any crime.  Car Crash dissects the public and personal aftermath of a fatal accident through the experiences of a survivor.

You can watch the discussion about the book we had with Lech Blaine, Dr Kate Cantrell and Dr Nycole Prowse.