Classics Club Spin #28


It’s time to spin again with The Classics Club. Details on how to play are here.

On Sunday the 17th October, a random number will be drawn. Match the number to the book on your list, then read said book before the 12th December.

November is AusReading Month, for spin #28 I am therefore going to focus on the Australian classics lingering on my TBR pile and eReader.

CC Spin #28 looks like this:

  1. The Timeless Land | Eleanor Dark
  2. An Australian Girl by Catherine Martin
  3. My Brilliant Career | Miles Franklin
  4. It’s Raining in Mango | Thea Astley
  5. A Little Bush Maid | Mary Grant Bruce
  6. A Woman’s Experiences in the Great War | Louise Mack
  7. Maurice Guest | Henry Handel Richardson
  8. Policy and Passion | Rosa Praed
  9. The Slow Natives | Thea Astley
  10. We of the Never-Never | Jeannie Gunn
  11. Voss | Patrick White
  12. Myself When Young | Henry Handel Richardson
  13. A Woman’s Experiences in the Great War | Louise Mack
  14. The Penance of Portia James | Tasma
  15. The Battlers | Kylie Tennant
  16. A Mere Chance by Ada Cambridge
  17. Uncle Piper of Piper’s Hill | Tasma
  18. A Sydney Sovereign and Other Tales | Tasma
  19. Coonaroo by Katharine Susannah Prichard
  20. 1788 by Watkin Tench

My Previous 27 Spin Results:

At some point, now that I am on WordPress, I will fix the book images for my previous spins, and turn them into a glorious Block Editor slideshow. I started to tonight, but quickly realised that many of the older books were odd sizes. This job is now filed under the-things-to-do-when-I-have-more-time folder!

Happy Spinning!

UPDATE: It’s number 12!

I’m thrilled that it spun one of the books on this list that is an actual physical book (& not one the out-of-print classics on my eReader). Myself When Young | Henry Handel Richardson is HRR’s autobiography published posthumously in 1948. According to the blurb it is a,

frank and engaging account of her childhood living in the post offices of various rural towns, her adolescence at boarding school in Melbourne that would form the basis of her much loved novel The Getting of Wisdom, her time in Leipzig studying music and her early years of marriage. With insights into the inspiration for some of her most famous characters, and comments on the response to her depiction of those characters and events following the publication of her early novels, Myself When Young is not only a marvellous account of a life, but a fascinating companion to the fictional works of one of our greatest novelists.


This post was written on the traditional land of the Wangal clan, one of the 29 clans of the Eora Nation within the Sydney basin. This Reading Life acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are our first storytellers.

23 thoughts on “Classics Club Spin #28

    1. Louise Mack is a fascinating woman.
      Born in Tasmania in 1870, she ended up at school in Sydney where she became friends with Ethel Turner (Seven Little Australians). When she moved to England, she wrote a book, got married, became a journalist, then lived and worked in Florence for 6 years. In 1914 she became the first female war correspondent based in Belgium during WWI – hence the book on my list.

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      1. Wow! Thanks for the information.

        Well, I’m bummed. My library has almost no Australian books. Amazon didn’t have Louise Mack but I found her on Abebooks. The book is $5 but shipping to Canada is $75!!! Good heavens! If you have any other ideas of how to get it at a reasonable cost, please share! Thanks!

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  1. Wow, what an interesting list, Brona. I have not read any of the books on your list let alone heard of most of the authors.

    From your previous spins, I have read I’ve read Tess, the Brothers Karamazov, the Odyssee, Dubliners, The Secret Garden, Out of Africa, and Northanger Abbey.

    Maybe you have read some books from my list?

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    1. I would have read the Christie on your list back in my high school days, but don’t recall very much about it I’m afraid.
      However, I do hope you spin the Catherine Martin book, so you can read an Australian classic too 🙂


      1. That would be a great outcome since I’m due to read it for another challenge, as well. As it is, I will read it in any case, looking forward to it.

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    1. I am actually hoping to get Tasma, which is why I included all 3 on my list this time!
      I know very little about her (except that her real name is Jessie Catherine Couvreur & that her family immigrated to Tasmania when she was a child), so I would love a chance to learn more.

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  2. Well, as you’d guess, I know all these books and have read more than half. You’re going to be pushed to finish some of them in the allotted time if their number comes up. Louise Mack and Ada Cambridge are both freely available online, Tasma too probably, but I have her on my shelves. I’m hoping for An Australian Girl, it’s on my list of Great Australian Novels.

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    1. I have most of these sitting on my iPad, which is not my favourite way to read, but something I will do for an Australian classic in particular.

      Now I’m off to read or reread your GAN posts.


    1. Most Australians wouldn’t know many of these writers either. Many of them are forgotten, out of print authors. Thankfully Gutenberg Australia & Project Gutenberg have brought many of them back into the public eye.


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