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The Reading Room | March

March 29 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

The Reading Room (2pm in the Library for a start @ 2.30pm – 4pm)

This volunteer run reading and discussion group meets monthly. It is anticipated that members will read the selected book prior to attendance.
If you would like to be a part of this group (free to BMI members) please complete the Expression of Interest. We welcome your feedback through this form as we progress this great new initiative. 
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A Gentleman in Moscow | Amor Towles


A Gentleman in Moscow | Amor Towles

On 21 June 1922, Count Alexander Rostov – recipient of the Order of Saint Andrew, member of the Jockey Club, Master of the Hunt – is escorted out of the Kremlin, across Red Square and through the elegant revolving doors of the Hotel Metropol.

Deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the Count has been sentenced to house arrest indefinitely. But instead of his usual suite, he must now live in an attic room while Russia undergoes decades of tumultuous upheaval.

Can a life without luxury be the richest of all?


This event is a BMI Community Art Project – Ballarat’s Oldest Cultural Institution

Rosemary’s Book of the Week | 17 January

The Stranger in the Lifeboat by Mitch Albom Adrift in a raft after a terrible shipwreck, ten strangers try to survive while they wait for rescue. After three days, short on water , food and hope, they spot a man floating in the waves. They pull him on board – and the survivor claims he

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Rosemary’s Book of the Week | 10 January

The Women of Pearl Island by Polly Crosby Set on a secluded island off the British coast, The Women of Pearl Island is a moving and evocative story of family secrets, natural wonders and a mystery spanning decades. When Tartelin answers an ad for a personal assistant, she doesn’t know what to expect from her

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BMI Newsletter – January 2022

In this issue learn about: Library News | The Reading Room | January Book Sale | Last week of Foto Beinnale | The Three Tenors | The Push All Ages Tour | Charlie Wilde Tour | Latest Research Activities

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Rosemary’s Book of the Week | 4 January

The Spy’s Wife by Fiona McIntosh Evie, a widow and stationmaster’s daughter, helplessly looks out for the weekly visit of the handsome man she and her sister call The Southerner on their train platform in the wilds of northern England. When polite salutations shift to friendly conversations, they become captivated by each other’s reticent manner.

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Rosemary’s Book of the Week | 27 December

My Adventurous Life by Dick Smith Dick is a remarkable and proud Australian. He has been part of our national consciousness for over fifty year as an innovative and astute businessman, a generous philanthropist and a provocateur for the causes he feels deeply about Yes despite his great successes and achievements, Dick has remained down

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March 29
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