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.’
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.
“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.”
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.
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.