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.’
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.
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.”
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.
My co-author, Doris Brett, and I spoke at the HAPPINESS AND ITS CAUSES Conference in Sydney in 2019.
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. And I talk about the way to open up conversations by using more interesting questions.