Members Breakfast Book Club

NGV International

Meet: North entrance, (via Arts Centre forecourt)
Ground Level

Booking required

$22 M / $28 G, includes light refreshment

General enquiries

Ph +61 3 8620 2222
[email protected]
9am–5pm, daily

Breakfast Book Club is an opportunity for Members to come together and discuss classic and contemporary literature.

Explore art over tea and scones with books selected to connect to the NGV Collection and exhibitions.


Maggie Burgess

Sat 23 Feb, 9–10.30am (Past)

The Master tells the story of Henry James, a man born into one of America’s first intellectual families who leaves his country in the late nineteenth century to live in Paris, Rome, Venice, and London among privileged artists and writers.

Venue Members Lounge, NGV International

Sat 23 Mar, 9–10.30am (Past)

Judith Mackrell brings to life the history of Venice’s mysterious and idiosyncratic Palazzo Venier dei Leoni through the lives of three of its most eccentric, passionate and rule-breaking residents – Luisa Casati, Doris Castlerosse and Peggy Guggenheim.

Venue Members Lounge, NGV International

Sat 27 Apr, 9–10.30am (Past)

From colourful 30,000-year old threads found on the floor of a Georgian cave to what the linen wrappings of Tutankhamun’s mummy actually meant; our continuing reinvention of cloth tells fascinating stories of human ingenuity.

With a cast that includes Chinese empresses, Richard the Lionheart and Bing Crosby, Kassia St Clair takes us on the run with escaped slaves, climbing the slopes of Everest and moonwalking with astronauts, offering an unforgettable adventure through our past, present and future.

Venue Members Lounge, NGV International

Sat 25 May, 9–10.30am (Past)

How much will a young Parisian seamstress sacrifice to make her mark in the male-dominated world of 1940s New York fashion?

Estella Bissette is forced to flee France as the Germans advance. She is bound for Manhattan with a few francs, one suitcase, her sewing machine, and a dream: to have her own atelier.

Venue Members Lounge, NGV International

Sat 29 Jun, 9–10.30am (Past)

This program is fully booked. To be added to the waitlist, please email your full name, contact number and number of guests to [email protected] and you will be contacted if tickets become available. 

Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out explores China’s development during the second half of the 20th century, through the eyes of a noble and generous landowner who is stripped of his land and worldly possessions, in Mao’s Land Reform Movement of 1948.

Through tales of the character’s execution and reincarnation as various farm animals in rural China, the book narrates fifty years of modern Chinese history, ending on the eve of the new millennium.

Venue Members Lounge, NGV International

Sat 27 Jul, 9–10.30am Booked out
The Painter of Our Time by John Berger

This program is fully booked. To be added to the waitlist, please email your full name, contact number and number of guests to [email protected] and you will be contacted if tickets become available. 

In 1956 Soviet tanks are rolling into Budapest. In London, an expatriate Hungarian painter named Janos Lavin has disappeared following a triumphant one-man show at a fashionable gallery. Where has he gone? Why has he gone?

Booker Prize-winning author John Berger’s A Painter of Our Time is a moral detective story combined with Berger’s aesthetic insights.

Venue Members Lounge, NGV International

Sat 31 Aug, 9–10.30am Booked out
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

Set in seventeenth century Amsterdam – a city ruled by glittering wealth and oppressive religion – eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. But Nella’s world changes when Johannes presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home.

To furnish her gift, Nella engages the services of a miniaturist – an elusive and enigmatic artist whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways.

Venue Members Lounge, NGV International

Sat 21 Sep, 9–10.30am
The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Morton

In the summer of 1862 a group of young artists led by the passionate and talented Edward Radcliffe descends upon Birchwood Manor on the banks of the Upper Thames to spend a secluded summer month in a haze of inspiration and creativity. But by the time their stay is over, one woman has been shot dead while another has disappeared; a priceless heirloom is missing; and Edward Radcliffe’s life is in ruins.

Venue Members Lounge, NGV International

Sat 26 Oct, 9–10.30am Booked out
The World Broke in Two: Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, D.H. Lawrence, E.M. Forster and the Year that Changed Literature by Bill Goldstein

The World Broke in Two tells the fascinating story of the intellectual journey four legendary writers, Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, E. M. Forster, and D. H. Lawrence, make over the course of one pivotal year. As 1922 begins, all four writers are literally at a loss for words, confronting an uncertain creative future despite success in the past.

Based on original research in libraries and archives, The World Broke in Two captures both the literary breakthroughs and the intense personal dramas of these beloved writers as they strive for greatness.

Venue Members Lounge, NGV International

Sat 30 Nov, 9–10.30am
An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro

In post-World War II Japan the celebrated painter Masuji Ono fills his days attending to his garden, his house repairs, his two grown daughters and his grandson, and his evenings drinking with old associates in quiet lantern-lit bars.

His should be a tranquil retirement, but as his memories continually return to the past – to a life and a career deeply touched by the rise of Japanese militarism – a dark shadow begins to grow over his serenity.

Venue Members Lounge, NGV International

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