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  • Bendigo and Ballarat Incoming.

    Posted on Nov 06, 2017

    To round out another great year for our club we are opening two Chapters this December, the long overdue Bendigo and Ballarat. We’ve been planning on open many more central Victorian Chapters after our success in Castlemaine and these two towns are the obvious places to start.

    Our Ballarat Chapter will be kicking off with its first meet at the excellent North Briton Hotel. It’s a traditional English style pub with classic pub food and a very solid wine list. The Bendigo Chapter however is going for something a bit more modern, it’s going to be upstairs at well know The Metropolitan Hotel.

    Both of these Chapters will have their first meet on the 6th of December at 7pm.

    This month we are reading the semi-autobiographical novel Johnno by Australian author David Malouf. Grab a copy and start knocking over a couple of pages today. If you don’t get a hold of it in time turn up anyway, no one cares if you read the book. See you then.

  • The Camp of Frost Lake - Daniel McMahon

    Posted on Nov 02, 2017

    You’re hanging from a wire, attached to a dead eucalyptus tree, suspended over a freezing lake in alpine Victoria. Your zipline harness pulls your thighs up to your shoulders and your testicles up somewhere around your chin. Your breath is choking hot, because for some reason you’re wearing a latex mask that looks like Kim Jong Un. Through the eyeholes you can see people waiting on the lake shore, down at the end of the wire. One is ready to catch and uncouple you safely. The other two are drawing longbows with foam-tipped arrows, taking aim at your helpless dangling arse. But you’re not afraid. You’re not even nervous. You met these people two days ago but you trust them absolutely. You can’t wait to take your arrows in the arse, wriggle out of the harness, run to grab a longbow and shoot them in theirs. Welcome to Tough Guy Book Camp.

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  • TGBC Ocsober Team 2017

    Posted on Nov 01, 2017

    This year to change things up a bit, instead of participating in Movember as a club like we usually do, we decided to put a team together for Ocsober. It’s a charity fundraiser where you promise to lay off the beers for a month. That, for our guys was always going to be a lot more challenging than not shaving for a month and for a lot of our goons, gave them a bit of time to think about how much they put away as well. Especially if they found it hard to do.

    The charity itself raises money for drug and alcohol education for kids, and all of us at TGBC know how important it is to have our next generation of young men can have a better relationship with booze than this one. The money goes to fund the Life Education program which a lot of our younger guys remember as the Harold the Giraffe classes.

    In the end our team consisted of TGBC Member from 9 different Chapters and came in as the 7th highest raising team nationally with an impressive $1749.23. A massive shout out to our highest fundraiser and club celebrity Mick Lawless on $406.98

    Nice work lads.

  • Point to Pinnacle

    Posted on Oct 10, 2017

    On the 19th of November, well know goons Director Wash and Sam Stops Presedent of Hobart Chapter are tackling the self proclaimed “World’s Toughest Half Marathon”. It starts at sea level and over the 21.1 Km course ascends 1270m to the pinnacle of Kunanyi (Mt Wellington).
    If that sounds like something you'd like to do there is a Tough Guy Book Club team you can sign up to if you’re keen on joining them – register on the website For those that like that kind of thing but want to take it a little easier there is a 10km option as well as a walking event but places are limited and sell out quickly. Participants will be sporting TGBC singlets and will receive an event book. And of course celebratory drinks will follow!

  • Toowoomba Chapter Founded

    Posted on Jun 07, 2017

    Today we welcome on-board our newest crew, the mighty Toowoomba Chapter. This first meet will be tonight the 7th of June at the Spotted Cow around 7pm. If you never been to “The Cow” before it’s a great local boozer with an excellent beer list.

    So from today onwards, if you’re in Toowoomba and you’re interested in learning more about our club, just rock up and have a beer with us. We will be going over what we are about, how our club works and what you need to do to get on board.

    You can find this Chapters current event info in the Find Us tab on this site. You can also email us any questions to via the Contact tab.

  • Camp 2017 Tickets Now On Sale

    Posted on Apr 01, 2017

    Tickets for TGBC Camp 2017 are now for sale on this website via the Store tab. You can buy full tickets or you can buy a tenth of a ticket. If you have bought 10 of these by camp you have a whole ticket. Student, pensioner, and unwaged discounts can be arranged if you contact the club or your Chapter President directly.

    This years a ticket will again includes all food and beers for the whole camp, activities, accommodation, transport to and from the airport and 1 flight from your home state to Melbourne (as long as you book early enough).

    We have now booked our camp site and it’s similar to last years, being that it’s bunk cabins, around a central fire pit, with a short walk to the dining hall and wet weather shed, the difference is it’s on the shore of a lake. Activities will again have the same range of flexibility and diversity in them to accommodate all tastes. Shay for one stood next to a fire and cracked tins for 3 and a half days while others read books, played cards or climbed mountains.

    Camp goes from 29th of September to the 2nd of October and is 4 days and 3 nights of fun and full time book club shit, honestly there’s not a man who didn’t come away from last year with great stories to tell.

    If you have questions or concerns please contact the club or your Chapter President.

  • Now recruiting in Adelaide

    Posted on Mar 15, 2017

    We have chapters all up the east coast of Australia but now it is time to move west. We are looking for people who live in Adelaide and are interested in helping us get a chapter off the ground there. If you know anyone that you think would be keen, please pass this information on.

  • Castlemaine Chapter Founded

    Posted on Mar 02, 2017

    In an exciting club first, TGBC has broken away from its metropolitan roots to establish its first regional chapter. An hour and a half north of Melbourne, in the Victorian Goldfields district, our new Castlemaine Chapter has moved into The Bridge Hotel.

    At the foot of the hill upon which the town's historic jail imposes as a monument to a gritty penal history, the first TGBC Castlemaine chapter took its first steps this March with a meet to discuss the American classic Jack Kerouac’s On The Road. 5 lads, starting as strangers, wasted no time ripping into one rowdy conversation on life, responsibility, and freedom. Points were made, glasses were empty and some remarkable things came up from each goons unique take on this beat era classic.

    Venue wise, we’ve found our country home away from home. With an excellent beer garden for summer, a long-tabled private room for winter, and excellent craft beers both on tab and in the bottle, The Bridge Hotel has everything we look for in a joint.

    Here's to making our own history in regional Victoria.

    (Photo: Castlemaine Volunteer Fire Brigade 1861)

  • Monash Clayton Chapter Enters The Ring

    Posted on Feb 08, 2017

    Where better to procrastinate with a great book?

    Tough Guy Book Club is coming down to Monash University Clayton campus, to found our new Monash Clayton Chapter. Furthering our reach and building on the remarkable diversity in our ranks, our crew is chuffed to be welcoming Monash students to our first on-campus chapter.

    To celebrate we are having a bit of a meet and greet to answer questions and get to know folks on March the 22nd at 7 pm down at their campus pub called the Sir John. If you’re in the area come down for a refreshing beverage and to meet some of our goons.

    Either way, the Monash Clayton Chapter will get underway this March with the first full Chapter Meet being the 5th of April at 7 pm at the Sir John. The book we will be banging on about is the remarkable Beat classic On The Road by Jack Kerouac. It’s a book of roughnecks, roads and rye whiskey. It’s also excellent so grab a copy and get reading.

    So long story short, the rules are the same, the books are the same, but oh, to be a fly on the wall with these blokes! We’re seriously looking forward to hearing some fresh perspectives in rowdy chats while paying student happy hour drink prices. See you there.

    We'd also like to send a shout out to the great staff of Monash University for this opportunity.

  • TGBC Camp 2017

    Posted on Jan 11, 2017

    After the roaring success of last year’s camp we are gearing up to do it all over again. The camp will be held over grand final weekend, 29th September - 2nd October. We are currently on the hunt for a new location, if you have any suggestions please get in touch. More details to follow.

  • Kris Kringle 2016

    Posted on Dec 28, 2016

    Our annual holiday period book-swap has been a wild success this year, with 70 members coming from every single chapter, including our American brothers and some rural goons who play along from home, signing up to be involved in the holiday tradition.

    Each year in December our goons sign up to send a book to a fellow TGBC guy they have never met and receive one from an anonymous source. Many of our lads take a book they love off their shelf and send it to a goon they don’t know hoping they will appreciate it as much as they did. This year we’ve seen a pile of great books both new and old sent by our guys from around the country and in some cases around the world.

    Again it's been a great way to start the new year and we look forward to running it again at the end of 2017.

    Happy Holidays.

  • Movember 2017 Wrap Up

    Posted on Dec 06, 2016

    Once again our goons have participated in Movember by growing moustaches as a way to raise money and awareness for men’s health. Like last year these moustaches were as unique as the lads themselves ranging from very impressive to absolutely disgusting and everything in between.

    This year we had 16 of our guys (including 1 dog) across 9 chapters take the challenge and sign up. By the end of the month our final total raised for men’s health was $2149 and I know a lot of goons and their partners were pretty happy to see the back of the Mo’s but I also know of a couple that had definitely stuck around beyond the month's end. We’d like to thank all the guys that joined the TGBC November team and grew the Mo this year, with a special shout out to John Mike Shirley from Sydney chapter who lead the pack in donations with a massive total of $434.

    A very special thank you goes out to Michael Pfundt for taking the time to lead this campaign and losing the beard to do it. He put a lot of work into it so if you see him, give him a cheers.

  • Movember

    Posted on Nov 01, 2016

    As you may or may not know it’s Movember and it’s good to see that TGBC has a strong team this year. Movember raises awareness and funds for Men’s Health issues around the globe and gives everyone a chance to look like a fiend, improve their health through exercise, or both. If you haven’t joined you still can. Every amount counts towards keeping tough guys healthy around the world. Also if you’d like to make a personal donation head over to the TGBC Movember page.

  • Canberra Chapter Founded

    Posted on Jul 17, 2016

    This month the TGBC Empire expands by two chapters, first we had Launceston, and now Canberra. It’s time. Venue is still to be decided but it is definitely happening. Stay tuned for extra details.

  • Launceston Chapter Founded

    Posted on Jul 14, 2016

    Not to be outdone by Hobart opening only a few months ago, we now welcome Launceston into the ever expanding TGBC community. The lads there will be meeting at the Royal Oak hotel

    Tough Guy Book Club is a network of monthly book clubs for men that concentrate on masculine classics. Our clubs are a place for guys to meet up, to read great books, talk some shit and drink some beers.

    How this works is if you are interested in learning more about our club, you rock up and have a beer with us. We will be going over what we are about, how our club works and what you need to do to get on board.

    This meet shall be held at The Royal Oak Hotel 14 Brisbane St, Launceston TAS 7250 at 7pm on Wednesday the 3th of August.

    If you have thought about joining us but never got around to it. This is the time.

  • Hemingway Month

    Posted on Jul 01, 2016

    This time of year we read a book by Hemingway, this month it’s A Farewell To Arms. We like the guy, he’s a helluva writer, but we also like to acknowledge the faults that are clearly evident in his tough guy persona. He was a hard man who loved a fight but the sad truth is that he killed himself after a long struggle with depression; he is the embodiment of some issues that still affect many men today. So, this month we dive deep into a bit of serious literature and tackle some big issues.

  • TGBC 2016 Camp

    Posted on Jun 22, 2016

    All the pieces are in place for the 2016 TGBC Camp to go ahead.

    Now comes your part. This is a call to action.

    Whether you’re an old hand or a recent addition to book club, meeting up with dudes from other chapters and revelling in all the good stuff that speaks to us collectively has always proven to be an excellent idea and memorable time. Camp, however, promises to be the apex of our social calendar to date. You need to be a part of it.

    What is camp? On AFL grand final weekend, from Friday 30th September until Monday 3rd October, intrepid Tough Guys from any and all of our chapters across the country will descend upon the mighty Grampian National Park in western Victoria. We have an entire outdoor recreation camp to ourselves, including comfortable cabin accommodation. Yes, it’s a bit luxurious, but don’t let this stop you pitching a tent if you prefer the added toughness required to do so.

    At camp, we will have ample outdoor and indoor space where we can light fires, kick a footy, swing a cricket bat, paddle canoes, drop a line in, climb a cliff, be flung through the air and roam through the bush. Of course, you can also simply put your feet up and get lost in a book. There are no rules or obligations. We’ll set up a big screen for the big game for anyone who wants to watch it. We’ll also be running a special camp edition of book club, book included. All food and drink is catered for. You’ll never be hungry or thirsty.

    Off site, there are loads of options for hiking, fishing and taking in the spectacular sights of the surrounding mountain ranges. Those so inclined might attempt to conquer Mount Difficult which, by all accounts, is not to be sneezed at.

    Camp costs $360. For this you get: • Accommodation for 3 nights in the amazing Grampians • All food for the whole camp • Cold beers for the whole camp • A free book for the camp meet • 1 flight if you live outside of VIC • Transport to and from the airport

    Remember, VIC, NSW and QLD goons all have public holidays on this weekend.

    There are payment plans available, however time is now a bigger consideration as the date is looming. Lock in your first payment asap. Kick this beast into gear. We also have an unwaged option. If you are unwaged or a student, or would like to discuss anything else to do with payments, please call Shay for a chat on 0425 313 395.

    So what now?

    As mentioned, this is a call to action. We’re now asking that you take the next step and make a payment, either part or whole. Those who know you’re going, it’s time to show us the fibre of your fabric. Those who are undecided, it’s time to ask questions, look at dates and book time off if need be. It is amazing to have confirmations from inside and beyond Victoria already and we’re excited to hear from as many of you others as can swing it. GET ON BOARD.

    Hit up the event chat board on FB or email us if you’d like to know more. Get around it, lads! It’s TGBC CAMP 2016!

  • Festival of Steve

    Posted on May 27, 2016

    This weekend there will be a delegation of TGBC members manning a stall at The Festival of Steve at Federation Square in Melbourne. Billed as a day for the modern man, the FOS features whisky master classes, pool tournaments and bunch of lads talking about books.

  • Hobart Chapter Founded

    Posted on Apr 25, 2016

    This month we welcome another new chapter into the fold.

    The guys will be meeting at: Shambles Brewery 222 Elizabeth St, Hobart

    How this works is if you are interested in learning more about our club, you rock up and have a beer with us. We will be going over what we are about, how our club works and what you need to do to get on board.

    If you know any guys down in Tassie who might be interested, make sure you let them know.

  • Anzac Day

    Posted on Apr 25, 2016

    Lest We Forget

  • Stella Prize

    Posted on Apr 19, 2016

    Congratulations to Charlotte Wood, winner of this year’s Stella Prize for The Natural Way Of Things. This prize, awarded to female Australian writers, is an important edition to our literary culture. If you would like to know more about why you don’t see many female authors on our reading list, get in touch with us on the contact page for a chat.

  • What A Book

    Posted on Apr 14, 2016

    77 years ago today, on the 14th of April 1939 John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath was released. That’s all.

  • New Melbourne City Chapter

    Posted on Apr 13, 2016

    Spend your days in a cubical, work nights pouring beers, drive people about town for a living, or got a corner office on the 19th floor? You are all welcome. On Wednesday the 4th of May 2016 we shall be founding our new Melbourne City chapter of Tough Guy Book Club. This chapter has been specifically built with guys who work and live inner city in mind. If you’ve thought about joining us before or you’ve never heard of us at all this a great time to come down for a beer and see what we’re about. The meet shall be held at 7pm at the Royal Melbourne Hotel, 629 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000. Email us if you have any questions.

    See you there.

    19:00. 4/5/16. Royal Melbourne

  • International Women’s Day

    Posted on Mar 08, 2016

    Happy International Women's Day, a good time (as is any day) to celebrate all the great women in our lives and the battle for gender equality. TGBC is committed to gender equality.

  • Geelong Chapter Founded

    Posted on Feb 11, 2016

    We are kicking off this new chapter in Geelong, the tough Victorian city on Corio Bay.

    This meet shall be held at The Lord Nelson Hotel, Malop St & Bellerine St, Geelong at 7pm on Wednesday the 2rd of March.

    How this works is if you are interested in learning more about our club, you rock up and have a beer with us. We will be going over what we are about, how our club works and what you need to do to get on board.

    If you have thought about joining us but never got around to it. This is the time.

  • Footscray Chapter Founded

    Posted on Feb 03, 2016

    In the tough suburbs of western Melbourne a new chapter is born.

    Carrying on out the back of the Mona Castle, 45-53 Austin St, Footscray VIC 3011.

    Head on through past the screens as the pokies, we’ll be sitting out the back under the heaters.

  • New Year Resolution

    Posted on Jan 07, 2016

    The good folk at Beyond Blue reckon instead of making New Year's Resolutions you should concentrate on these 4 things.

    Now we can definitely help you with 3 of them, but sadly you are still going to have to get off your arse to do exercise or, I don’t know, eat some vegetables or something.

  • Movember

    Posted on Aug 23, 2015

    We will be entering a team in Movember this year. Please join us in growing a gross moustache this November to help raise money for Prostate cancer, which 1 in 7 of us will get. That’s more than 1 guy per club. The person who raises the highest amount will get all club books in 2016 on the house; there will also be some other prizes, too. More details to follow.

  • North Fitzroy Chapter Founded

    Posted on Jul 08, 2015

    We would like to welcome the latest chapter into the fold, North Fitzroy. They'll be getting their chatting done at The Pinnacle, an ace venue with heaps of good beer on tap and tasty food. If you know anyone that lives in the area and reckon they would be keen make sure you send them along.

  • TGBC Hoodies Now Available

    Posted on Feb 09, 2015

    The first of our merch has arrived.

    Over the coming months we shall be releasing a couple of pieces of Tough Guy Book Club supporter wear and today we got the delivery of our first items able to be ordered. So from now on we have TGBC hoodies, they are good quality and medium thickness with zip, they come in black with the TGBC logo in white embroider on them, and available in all sizes from XS-XXL. (Larger available on special request)

    In time they will be able be bought on the site but until then if you are interested in getting one just email us and we’ll arrange it with you. They are $45 including postage.

  • Adelaide Chapter Set Back

    Posted on Jan 02, 2015

    At the very last stages of starting the Adelaide Chapter of the Tough Guy Book Club we have hit a major hurdle. The local lad who was leading the charge on starting the chapter has been told that he is being transferred to a mine in the outback so he will no longer be able to finish what he started. He is however starting our first chapter at a mine which we are pretty fucking excited about.

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  • Sydney Chapter Founded

    Posted on Oct 01, 2014

    Tough Guy Book Club comes to Australia’s largest city. In a private room upstairs at the aptly named Shakespeare Hotel in Surry Hills the founding meet of the first Sydney Chapter was held. This Chapter was stuck in the planning stage for a long time and we are glad that it’s up and running because we get more emails asking about meeting information from this city than any other. Chapter President Leigh led a small but interesting discussion on The Razor's Edge over beers and burgers.

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  • R U OK Day

    Posted on Sep 11, 2014

    R U OK Day is great initiative and we support it 100%. Weirdly one of the most important things you can do is ask your mates if they are ok. Guys don’t ask for help and we don’t like to complain. We don’t really tell each other if we are having a shit time of it. We usually suffer in silence because we are too tough to talk about it and even if we are not, we have it all our social stuff set up so asking for help is a fucking nightmare. Don’t let your mates be part of a “we didn’t know he was having problems” story.

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  • North Melbourne Chapter Founded

    Posted on Aug 06, 2014

    Tonight, 6th of August 2014 at a bar called Prudence over a couple a beers, the North Melbourne chapter of the Tough Guy Book Club was founded. Chapter President Simon kicked off their first official meet with a discussion about The Fight by Norman Mailer (1975). Even though there was a small turn out, like most new chapters, everyone had a pretty good time and more than a couple shots. We are really happy to have Simon and his North Melbourne Goons on board as the second Melbourne chapter.

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  • Hemingway Month

    Posted on Jul 01, 2014

    This July we are dedicating to Ernest Hemingway who is one of the most important writers as well as iconic character of the 20th century. July being a rather fitting month to celebrate the life and works of Hemingway being as he was both born and killed himself during the month. As part of our TGBC Hemingway month we shall be reading For Whom the Bell Tolls. Which is possibly one of his best novels because he works in the themes he is most suited; camaraderie, inevitability, and suicide.

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