Join Australia’s biggest online book club

From 16-30 August booklovers from around the country are invited to join thousands of other readers in Australia’s biggest online book club, Together We ReadThis year the chosen book is local author Kirsty Manning’s The Paris Mystery, an intriguing mystery set in pre-WWII Paris. All you need to take part is a library card and the Libby app for digital borrowing.

The Together We Read digital book club connects readers through Australian public libraries with a featured title for two weeks each year. During the program, readers can participate in online discussions about the title as well as an online event with the author. Together We Read is completely free and is facilitated by OverDrive, creator of the award-winning Libby app and a leading digital reading platform in Australia for ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and newspapers.


To take part in Australia’s biggest annual online book club, you will need:

∙       A local library membership – join for free either online or in your local branch. 

∙       The free Libby app on your device – download here

∙       August 16-30: Download The Paris Mystery by Kirsty Manning as an ebook or audiobook free of charge, with no holds or waiting, and get reading.

∙       Join the author and readers across Australia for an online discussion forum throughout the two weeks. Contribute to the discussion here.

∙       Come along to OverDrive’s live online zoom event with Kirsty Manning on Tuesday 29 August at 7.30pm AEST to meet the author, ask questions, and enjoy a well-rounded bookish discussion. Register here.

Now in its third year, the 2023 Together We Read selection is the novel The Paris Mystery by Kirsty Manning (Allen & Unwin). A glittering mystery, The Paris Mystery is set in pre-World War II Paris combining exquisite settings, fascinating characters, delicious food and high fashion with engrossing intrigue and dark secrets. This highly rated novel is described by Kerry Greenwood as “a superb evocation of pre-war Paris … a mystery I couldn’t put down.”

2023’s Together We Read author Kirsty Manning said, “As a young girl growing up in Tamworth the local library was my place of refuge (and constant air-conditioning!). Librarians fed my love of reading and expanded my world. Now, when I write I always try to create vivid settings for my readers so that wherever they are curled up they too can travel to different times and places. That’s why I’m delighted to be part of Together We Read to promote libraries in Australia and transport readers to Paris and beyond.”

Julianne Tobin from OverDrive Australia/New Zealand, added, “Together We Read is a wonderful opportunity for people around the country to get together and start reading or listening to the same book for the same two weeks. Whether it’s with your existing book club, a group of old friends, your family members or favourite colleagues, join Together We Read this August through the Libby app and start reading.” 

We hope that this brilliant program will encourage library members new and existing to realise the huge range of digital content that is available to them free of charge via the Libby App – unlike other platforms that require paid subscriptions. We are thrilled to introduce readers to Kirsty Manning this year and her fantastic novel, The Paris Mystery.”

The Libby app is an award-winning app from OverDrive which provides access to the industry’s largest digital literary catalogue. Available through most local libraries across Australia, Libby is a free service offering access to e-books, audio books and other digital content across numerous devices including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets, Chromebook™, and Kobo® tablets and eReaders.    

Learn more about Together We Read at