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Book Club Questions

  • How does the title The Changing Room relate to the book?
  • What do you think the author’s purpose was in writing the book?
  • Did the structure of the novel (chapters divided into individual perspectives of the three main characters) enhance or detract from the narrative?
  • Did the book change your opinion or perspective about any of the social issues raised?

  • The service Suitability was based on a real charity (called Dress for Success). Did the book enhance your knowledge and understanding of such an organisation?
  • Do you think Claire and Anna overstepped the boundaries of their volunteer roles with their support for Molly? Are you aware of any similar situations?

  • The book follows the emerging friendship of 3 different women united through a common cause. How did this friendship develop?  Was their friendship plausible?
  • The author used dialogue in a particular way to further develop character.  Was this an effective technique?
  • If you could pick a character from the book to have coffee with, who would it be and what would you talk about?

  • What social issues were highlighted in the book and how do you think the author has portrayed the key social issues facing women today?
  • The book explores the issue of domestic violence.  What insights does it provide to this social problem?
  • Despite their differences in age and social class, what similar experiences bring Anna, Claire and Molly together?

  • What did you think of the ending of the book?
  • Can you envisage the circumstances of each character 5 years on from the end of the novel?
  • The city of Sydney is the backdrop for the book.  How has this setting influenced the narrative?

  • Do you agree with Rosemary when she says that ‘women should be able to wear what they want’ What have been your experiences with wearing what you want?
  • What clothes do the main characters wear in the beginning of the novel and did they change?
  • Did you learn about fashion, style, make-up from reading the book?  Do you have any tips to share?