I’d lived at Lord Howe for about a year before I discovered the book club. And now I’m not sure how I lived without it. We receive ten copies of a novel on the ship from the Port Macquarie library, read them and share them around (there’s usually a few more readers than books). Every couple of months we meet up to discuss the book, distribute the next book and decide what to order next. The meetings are wonderful – everyone brings an offering of food and something to drink and we gossip about island politics and women’s business before discussing the book quite seriously and taking turns to rate it out of ten.