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A Month of Sundays

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  1,498 ratings  ·  210 reviews
For over ten years, Ros, Adele, Judy and Simone have been in an online book club, but they have never met face to face. Until now...

Determined to enjoy her imminent retirement, Adele invites her fellow bibliophiles to help her house-sit in the Blue Mountains. It's a tantalising opportunity to spend a month walking in the fresh air, napping by the fire and, of course, readi
Paperback, 352 pages
Published July 10th 2018 by Macmillan Australia (first published 2018)
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Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I thought this was a really entertaining and interesting book and in fact once I got involved I found it very hard to put down. There were so many things to enjoy.

Firstly it is a book about books and who doesn't enjoy that! The four main characters are all members of a book club so we get to enjoy their discussions about their chosen books as well as frequent references to other authors they have read.

Then they all meet up in a house in the Blue Mountains outside Sydney, a part of the country v
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Being part of an online book club can be a bunch of fun, how amazing would if be if you got the chance to meet some of those people in real life. That’s exactly what Ros, Adele, Judy and Simone decide to do after being a part of their online book club for the past ten years. When the club set out ten years ago, there were more members, but over the years the numbers decreased, leaving these four women who still had their regular meeting via Skype.

Adele is asked to house sit for a friend in
The four women; Ros from Sydney, Adele from Adelaide, Judy from Mandurah near Perth, and Simone from Tasmania have had their weekly book club meetings via Skype, always online, never having met one another. The group had been larger but had dwindled over the years; the four were friends but in saying that, hardly knew one another. When a friend of Adele’s asked her to house-sit in the Blue Mountains – take some friends if she wanted – Adele immediately thought of the book club ladies. Her trepid ...more
Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)
I must admit that when I first started this book, I was afraid that I might not like it. The blurb felt a little bit old for me, and there wasn’t too much appeal about a group of older women discussing books that they have read. But oh how wrong I was! This was one of the most delightful, yet deep and thoughtful books that I have read in a very long time. One of those rare ones that actually make you stop and evaluate how you are feeling about your life, and leave you with warm fuzzy feelings th ...more
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
Liz Byrski is a local writer that I have had the pleasure of listening to speak about her writing in person. I have also enjoyed reading both her fiction and non fiction titles. A Month of Sundays marks Bryski’s tenth book release and it was a book that I liked very much. A Month of Sundays is a book full of heart and light touches of humour. It is a special novel, that shows us just how important books and female friendships are to our lifeblood.

Ros, Adele,
Dale Harcombe
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
For years four women have been in an online book club. They talk about their books through Skype so they know what each other look like but have never met. That is until Adele proposes they meet together in The Blue Mountains. The plan is that over four weeks they will each share a book that is meaningful to them. Each person will bring four copies of the book. During the week, each woman will read the book choice and then discuss it on the Sunday. Ros, from Paddington Sydney, Adela from Mandura ...more
Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Women's literature isn't a favourite genre of mine, so when I received A Month of Sundays by Liz Byrski for review back in June 2018, I wasn't in any particular hurry to get to it. An intriguing premise and beautiful cover held promise I might enjoy this, but I haven't picked it up until now in a concerted effort in 2020 to try and reduce my unsolicited TBR pile.

Mature female characters Adele, Ros, Simone and Judy have belonged to an online book club for years but have never met face-to-face. Wh
Jeanette Lewis
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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What a joy to read, Liz Brynski has done it again, a fabulous book. Many of those who read this book will be of a similar age to the 4 main female characters and are at the beginning of this journey for which will be able to identify with many aspects of the story. Rather than being a “chook” book commented by one reader, as opposed to a “chick” book?, there is quite a bit of wisdom that Liz Brynski has incorporated within the read.
Ros to Judy “with regards to the death of Maddie,.....the need
Jul 22, 2020 rated it liked it
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3and a half stars. This is a pleasant read with a group of old ladies meeting in person after being members of an online book club for years. They all have various melodramas going on in their lives and as introverted types I could see parts of myself in each of their personalities. They spend a month or so in a house in the blue mountains.
A quote late in the book sets out how books are important to readers:
“We talk about books, we make them work in our own lives: walk through the doors they ope
I don’t think I’ve read a Liz Byrski that I haven’t enjoyed, however this one was my favourite of hers so far. A book about a bookclub in the Blue Mountains - what’s not to like?!!!

I was also interested by some of the books that were chosen for the book club, and am now considering reading some of them myself!

I liked finding out more about all the women and their backgrounds and what had led them to where they were in life. I felt I knew the least about Adele by the end of the story, but I could
Theresa Smith
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m sure it will come as no surprise to any of you that a book about reading books was always going to be a winner for me. Liz Byrski’s latest novel, A Month of Sundays, proves just what I’ve believed for my whole life: that books are therapy. If you read the right book at the right time, it can change your life. And so it was for Ros, Adele, Simone and June, each at an individual crossroads, coming together to meet in person for the first time, each armed with a book that told the others someth ...more
Lesley Moseley
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
3 3/4 rounded up. I am calling this genre "chook-lit" as it is not only of my generation, but my style of writing about us. I have several Goodread friends who I would enjoy meeting, but maybe not to this extent. Very serious topics surface, and all of them realise they are at an important Turning Point in their lives. Really enjoyed this sense of place(s) , and the firm but kind support to make better choices.
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love airport books. Weird I know but to date I have not hated a book I bought in an airport prior to getting on a plane. I love the fact you have time to ponder, deliberate and like really what else are you doing with the two hours you have before boarding? Eat bad food? Buying make up?? The joy of knowing there are hours to fill with what ever you choose to read is simply one of the best bits about long distance travel. Many will extol the virtues of their online readers. I get it, truely I d ...more
Jodie- Readthewriteact
This book was sent to me by the publisher for my honest review.

I loved the idea of this book, four book club friends meeting and discussing books. Yes they are all older ladies, but I am not ageist especially in my reading. Unfortunately though, for me, this book fell flat.

It was just too much emotional drama. So many long-winded deep and meaningful conversations. Even the way that they analyse their books was exhausting, yes they set an assignment but it seemed improbable that they all had the
Brooklyn Tayla
I received a copy of this book from Pan Macmillian Australia in exchange for an honest review, this doesn't influence my thoughts on the book.

Initially, I loved the idea of this novel, 4 women who had been connected as part of an online book club, yet never met? Until one day, Adele invites her fellow book lovers down to the Blue Mountains, where cozy book chats by the fire ensue.

Yet, as a book lover, even though I appreciated the connection that these ladies, as readers, made between themselv
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A deeply thoughtful book that captures you from the opening pages, and tells a story of four mature women who only know each other through the connection of their online book club, who meet up when one of them is asked to house-sit a cottage in the Blue Mountains. The author creates the atmosphere of the relaxing countryside which you get to discover and share with the women. You also get to enjoy the interesting and thought provoking book discussions with them, all the while learning their back ...more
Apr 17, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Liz Byrski’s tenth fiction novel A Month of Sundays tells the story of an online book club who agree to house sit together.
Having never met in real life, each woman brings a book to share with the fellow members. The books should tell their fellow members something about their personality and are discussed each Sunday.
As an avid reader and book club member, I was really looking forward to this book. Sadly, it failed to meet my expectations.
I found the characters frustrating, they were constan
Adored this novel! Four women each coming to terms with their own lives, discovering themselves and each other through the books they discuss and 6 weeks of holidaying together.
It helped of course that some of the books they discuss are written by authors who's work I admire.
I'd read a couple of the books and found myself nodding in agreement with what each character was saying. I was so immersed in the story I felt like I was there.
Thoroughly excellent, straightforward, articulate fiction.
I picked this off the shop shelf because of the cover. I kept reading it because of the content. A book of four women in their sixties and seventies who are part of an online bookclub. It's a character driven book, but the plot inserts itself in a satisfying way. In short, I was really taken by this book. Must be my age!! And I have found a new fave author.
Bree T
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
It’s hard to find something more appealing than a book that celebrates books and that was a large part of the reason I jumped to read A Month Of Sundays, the 10th fiction novel from Australian writer Liz Byrski. It centres around four women who have been part of an online book club for over a decade, meeting regularly via Skype regularly to discuss their chosen book. They have always kept those conversations focused on the books and know relatively little about each other’s day to day lives. Tha ...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
A Month of Sunday’s, Liz Byrski’s tenth novel, is told with warmth, humour and wisdom.

When Adele is offered an opportunity to housesit a cottage in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales for a month, she nervously decides to invite the other three members of her online book club, whom have known each other for a decade, but whom have never met in person, to join her. Simone, from Tasmania, is excited by the prospect, while Judy, from Western Australia, is uncertain, but in desperate need of a bre
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
A book club that spans the country, linking women over a shared appreciation for books and discussion, has, over the decades, been reduced to just four members. Adele, from Adelaide; Judy from Mandurah, WA; Simone from Hobart and Ros, a widower, from Sydney are all that remain. Now in their 60s and 70s, they are facing great changes and upheavals in their life, be it in the form of work, family or their health. When Adele retires and is offered the chance to house-sit for her cousin in the Blue ...more
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
A thoroughly enjoyable read! The premise - four elderly women who have previously discussed books on Skype meet up for a month - was bound to appeal to me as as elderly book lover myself. Some of the changes that the women went through seemed a little improbable and some of the dialogue a little staged but overall this worked very well for me. I particularly appreciated the Sunday discussions of books each woman chose as I had read most of them and so experienced the enjoyment of them again seco ...more
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It took me a while to get into this book, especially keeping track of the four main characters, however once I got to know them, I started enjoying this book much more.

It wasn't until closer to the end that a scene hit me between the eyes and resonated with where I am right now. Though I don't think I'll be singing karaoke any time soon!

I enjoyed reading about women in their 60s going through a change in life and discovering who they are.
Dzintra aka Ingrid
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
A thoroughly enjoyable read!
Bethwyn Badger
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
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It probably comes as no surprise that I am a fan of book clubs and tales of people reading and talking about books. They fill me with joy, and I certainly got a lot of joy out of this read. However, I also found myself tearing up at moments, completely anxious at others, and generally extremely invested in the stories of each of the characters.

This story somehow both gently tugs you in and also doesn't hold back any punches - I felt like I had been kicked in the gut a few times whilst reading, b
Deb Godley
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was loaned this book by a beautiful lady I have known for a very long time, and although it is not a book I would normally have purchased for myself- this book resonated with me.
This book is about far more than an older ladies book club- it was about the journey of womanhood and the importance of ‘sisterhood’ between women through all the phases of life.
It also made me long for friendships like these but also understand that perhaps life gives us what we need when we need it and maybe- when we
Liz Byrski writes brilliantly about women and their friendships. The four women in A Month Of Sundays are the remaining members of an online book discussion group and have known each other for many years via Skype. However, none of them have actually met in person but they now have the opportunity to spend a month together at a friends’ house in the Blue Mountains near Sydney. Each woman has reservations about attending. They are all anxious about their personal circumstances, which are not know ...more
Lyn Baker
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The reason I took so long to read this book was the fact that I didn’t want it to end. I really wanted to finish it but..
This was the first time I have had such a reaction to a book. Liz Byrski created four characters who each had qualities one could relate to. With the development of each character you could identify with aspects of your own life. As each character introduced her book and started the discussion you felt part of it and wanted to add your take. Perhaps, this book allowed you to q
Kylie Purdie
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
A story about 4 women who have never met in real life, who have only conversed about books online plan to share a house in the Blue Mountains for a month, basically for a month long book group. Sounds kind of implausable, but Byrski makes it work. She acknowledges up front that the women will not be able to live in each others pockets, that they will need to space to do their own thing and spend time alone. At the same time, each woman is carrying a secret of sorts, something that sharing with s ...more
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Liz Byrski is a writer and broadcaster with more than 40 years experience in the British and Australian media. She is the author of eleven non-fiction books and five novels, and her work has been published in national and international newspapers and magazines.

In the nineties Liz was a broadcaster and executive producer with ABC Radio in Perth and later an advisor to a minister in the Western Aust

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