The Sunday Story Club: Sometimes, it feels like you’re reading someone’s diary.

by Kerry Cue

42 reviewers have gone to the trouble to rate our book, The Sunday Story Club, on Good Reads. As a writer, I’m grateful to each one – even the dud reviewers – because they have taken the time to read and think about our book and that is a big ask in our Click-Scroll-Click culture. I’m also intrigued by the maths that has given us a 3.71 STAR rating.

I am especially grateful to Jessica M’s review of The Sunday Story Club. Here is a brief extract:

‘Sometimes, it feels like you’re reading someone’s diary. You’re shocked, upset, or worried, but you also feel like you’ve been given access to someone’s private moments — someone’s well-kept secrets.’

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Building Connections beyond Stereotypes

by Kerry Cue

One of the great joys of Posting on INSTAGRAM is coming across enthusiastic book groups with hilarious names. Boozy Book Babes is a favourite.

Here is the comment about The Sunday Story Club by the Boozy Book Babes on INSTAGRAM:

‘Beautiful cover! Would it be too ironic for our book club to read this book?’

Touché. The Sunday Story Club is like a book club without books. Whereas a book club asks ‘What do you read?’ in The Sunday Story Club we would ask ‘Why do you read?’ This last question opens up a different and deeper conversation. It is this deeper conversation that helps build connections beyond stereotypes.

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Building Connections. Creating your own Community

by Kerry Cue

We wrote The Sunday Story Club to encourage others to build connections through   deeper conversations. It is these connections that create a community. Doris and I have been running a story salon for 5 years and have built a community based on empathy and understanding because we took the time to stop and listen, really listen without interruption, to others as they told their real-life stories of love, loss, and resilience.

It seems appropriate to talk about community following an interview I did with Jeff Bullen on Community Radio RTR FM, Perth. Audio link here.

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When you’re on an AMAZON Best Seller List: Sieze the Day … or, the hour!

No one really knows what goes on in the AMAZON universe. But here we are on a BEST SELLER list!

And for however long that lasts – Amazon updates the list hourly – it’s terrific.

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A Book Club without Books

A wonderful review of The Sunday Story Club by Northern Books, Castlemaine, on INSTAGRAM.

“This is an incredibly moving, revealing and profound collection of stories inspired by a series of ‘salon’ events for women. They are a raw insight into women’s lives – their secrets, hopes and disappointments; their loves and their losses. I couldn’t put it down.”

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When stars align: Fashion, Chocolate & Inspiration

The Sunday Story Club has ended up in some strange places. On trains, on a parenting podcast and now on a designer website.

In an interview with Lisa Marie Corso for the GORMAN fashion brand, Cyan Ta’eed was photographed holding our book.  The fab Cyan Ta’eed is the Founder and CEO of Envato, Hey Tiger, and Milkshake. Her ethical chocolate range, Hey Tiger, not only addresses the ethical issues around sourcing cocoa in the world, the NFP corporation donates 50c for each large Hey Tiger chocolate block sold to The Hunger Project in Ghana. 

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You will not understand yourself until you tell your stories.

Sometimes when we tell our stories we travel down the same well-worn tracks. The questions in  The Sunday Story Club are carefully crafted to sidestep the prepared narratives you use to explain your life experiences to yourself and others. In this way, you learn about your self.

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Reclaim Conversation & Connection by Sharing Your Stories

We wrote The Sunday Story Club to share some real-life stories and also encourage others to run their own story salons so that they too could experience their magic.

It has begun.

Thanks, Ashlee & Cristina for the feedback on running your first salon. It sounded fabulous.

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Escaping the stereotype into wisdom & understanding

My co-author, Doris Brett, and I launched The Sunday Story Club at Readings Book Store in Hawthorn, Melbourne, recently.  The launch was so successful we almost developed hand cramps from signing books.

Doris’s talk addresses the importance of face-to-face communication, explains why telling our stories out loud can help us understand ourselves and shows how having deeper conversations can lead to insight into our life experiences and, ultimately, to wisdom.

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The Joy & Terror of having your Book reviewed

Thousands of books are published each month so getting your book reviewed at all is worthy of popping the champagne cork.

Seeing a review of The Sunday Story Club (written with co-author Doris Brett) in The Age & SMH on Saturday was exciting. Then came the terror. WHAT WILL THEY SAY?

I read the review holding my breath. Then I had to read it again because I was too terrified for the words to register.

Hallelujah! The short review (below) by Fiona Capp was terrific. I could breathe again.

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