Classics Bookclub



By Popular demand Riverbend Books is delighted to announce the introduction of our new Classics Book Club!

The enormous success of our classics book chats in 2018 revealed our community’s appetite for literature that due to its quality and longevity of readership is categorised as ‘classic’ 

Here at Riverbend we believe that reading these superbly written stories that have stood the test of time and sharing our insights and understanding of them with other literature lovers will

·         Elevate our hearts and minds

·         Reveal essential truths about our shared humanity

·         Help us navigate our way through a world that is changing at an ever accelerating pace

·         Be great fun!

Our Classics bookclub is a little different to our other clubs. We will meet only four times in the year, and the $120 fee includes the four books that will be read, which will be given to you in one neat package as soon as you sign up.

For Classics Bookclub members, please scroll down to find out what your four books for the year are. You will also find a calendar of important dates. For guests, please feel free to peruse the Classics page, and fill out an Expression of Interest form if you would like to join the Classics Bookclub waiting list.

Keep in mind that if you live outside Brisbane and cannot physically attend our bookclubs, you can still read the books! Sign up for our Book of the Month program and receive the latest offering from the Classics bookclub — and other classics that we highly recommend.

Places are limited — book in below!

Classics Bookclub - Monday 7:30pm
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expression of interest

If all of our bookclubs are full, please fill out our expression of interest form and we’ll let you know if a space opens up!

the books for 2019…

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Howard’s End by E.M. Forster

“We rich can ‘only connect'“ is the idea at the heart of this book, a heartbreaking and provocative tale of three families at the beginning of the twentieth century- the rich Wilcoxes, the gentle, idealistic Schlegels and the lower-middle class Basts. As the Schlegel sisters try desperately to help the Basts and educate the close-minded Wilcoxes, the families are drawn together in love, lies and death. Frequently cited as E. M. Forster's finest work, Howards End brilliantly explores class warfare, conflict and the English character.


The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

'I've done my damndest to rip a reader's nerves to rags, I don't want him satisfied.' 

Shocking and controversial when it was first published, The Grapes of Wrath is Steinbeck's Pultizer Prize-winning epic of the Joad family, forced to travel west from Dust Bowl era Oklahoma in search of the promised land of California. Their story is one of false hopes, thwarted desires and powerlessness, yet out of their struggle Steinbeck created a drama that is both intensely human and majestic in its scale and moral vision.

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Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Considered by some to be the greatest novel ever written, Anna Karenina is Tolstoy’s classic tale of love and adultery set against the backdrop of high society in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. A rich and complex masterpiece, the novel charts the disastrous course of a love affair between Anna, a beautiful married woman, and Count Vronsky, a wealthy army officer. Tolstoy seamlessly weaves together the lives of dozens of characters, and in doing so captures a breathtaking tapestry of late-nineteenth-century Russian society. As Matthew Arnold wrote in his celebrated essay on Tolstoy, "We are not to take Anna Karenina as a work of art; we are to take it as a piece of life."


A House for Mr Biswas by V.S. Naipal

Nominated by Barack Obama as one of his best reads of 2018
In his forty-six short years, Mr. Mohun Biswas has been fighting against destiny to achieve some semblance of independence, only to face a lifetime of calamity. Shuttled from one residence to another after the drowning death of his father, for which he is inadvertently responsible, Mr. Biswas yearns for a place he can call home. But when he marries into the domineering Tulsi family on whom he indignantly becomes dependent, Mr. Biswas embarks on an arduous– and endless–struggle to weaken their hold over him and purchase a house of his own. A heartrending, dark comedy of manners, A House for Mr. Biswas masterfully evokes a man’s quest for autonomy against an emblematic post-colonial canvas.



Facilitated by

Laura Sweeney

Laura Sweeney