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  • TGBC Camp 2019

    Posted on Jun 19, 2019

    We've been to a mountain range national park, a high-country lake, the rugged southern coast and now we're headed to Victoria's longest river. It's difficult to capture a TGBC camp with words. It's different things to everybody. It's slow and steady or intrepid and exciting. It's fire and beer and poetry and hiking and comradery. It's mountain peaks, giant swings, things you haven't done before, childhood board games and sleeping in your chair. It's meeting our guys en masse and swapping stories you'll never otherwise hear. It's our annual pilgrimage.

    Camp is from Friday 4th October until Monday the 7th. That's four unforgettable days of freedom. And FYI, Monday is a public holiday for ACT, NSW, QLD and SA, so we're hoping to see a solid contingent from those four states. If you're flying from interstate, get in touch about how we can cover one of your flights.

    A ticket to camp is $500. That covers your transport to and from camp, one of your flights if you're coming from interstate, all your food, beers, accommodation and activities. All you gotta do is say yes. You can pay a ticket off in $50 increments or one whole chunk in the store on our website. Go check it out.

  • The Monthly Challange

    Posted on May 07, 2019

    Encompassing more than just reading a book each month, Tough Guy Book Club has challenges for members. This started with a yearly reminder to get a blood pressure test and some fundraising activities for men’s health initiatives, over time, these challenges have evolved and become a staple each month. Each task focuses on things important to every goon in the club and members are encouraged to get involved and share their experiences in the Facebook ‘Pool Hall’. Some of the challenges focus on things that blokes are generally not good at, such as looking after ourselves and getting check-ups, others involve sampling tasty beverages or even just visiting the local library.

    Participating in the challenges each month has helped build greater connection between goons. The club has been expanding rapidly and opening chapters all over – while a shared love of reading unites the members, these motivations also bring us together. In giving members something to achieve during the month, we have a shared experience. This has allowed reflection and the opportunity to give or seek advice. Not only can this be a help to the goon themselves, they are a wonderful source of great discussion during monthly meets.

    One of the goals of Tough Guy Book Club is to give blokes a place to turn up and talk about interesting topics through questions about a book. These challenges can allow a goon to make some positive impacts as it often requires members to look outside of themselves. As with all parts of Tough Guy Book Club, the challenges are an invitation. Some goons will go above and beyond and take the challenge to a place many would never even think of. These challenges are not a requirement for membership to the club, but we hope they are easy enough for everyone to get involved, take a picture and upload it to the Pool Hall.

    Gavin Baumber(Redlands Chapter)

  • Lismore Chapter Kick Off

    Posted on Apr 01, 2019

    We’ve done it. We’re proud to announce that with a LOT of help from our friend and new Chapter President David Harris, we have finally opened our 2nd chapter in New South Wales. Join us in welcoming the lads of the Northern Rivers to Tough Guy Book Club with the opening of the mighty, but probably a little odd, Lismore Chapter!

    This group will be meeting at the grand old Northern Rivers hotel and will be lead by David Harris. Welcome to the gang lads. If you’re in the Lismore and Nimbin area 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.

  • Heyfield Chapter Opening

    Posted on Mar 06, 2019

    Though most of the region is on fire the mighty Heyfield Chapter could not be stopped opening tonight. Seriously, there’s bush fires all over Gippsland and the town of Heyfield is real smoky today but with the experienced hand of Clean Pete at the wheel we know they’ll do just fine.

    The town once know as Hayfield has a long and sometimes strange history that largely centers around timber and the land but as a a stopping point for diggers on their way to the Gippsland goldfields it really comes into it's own. We are honered to be a part of this towns future history.

    So, welcome to all the new lads down their tonight at the Railway Hotel and big thanks to the mighty Briagolong Chapter goons for making the trip down for their opening night. Have a good night, see you next month.

  • Goon Profile - Alex Dobson

    Posted on Feb 13, 2019

    Alex Dobson


    Who are you:
    Wine wanker, pasta nerd and passionate lover of, and advocate for, all forms of creative expression from fashion to fine art.

    How long have you been with TGBC:
    TGBC: March 2015?

    How did you end up coming to TGBC:
    Shay messaged me on Facebook and told me about about it and I just showed up. Just three of us then and I knew no one.

    What’s your favourite TGBC book?
    I am Pilgrim...just kidding, it is probably A Brief History of Seven Killings with several others in close competition including East of Eden, Blood Meridian, and Eye of the Sheep.

    Why are you a member of TGBC:
    It is a rare and treasured moment when I get to be away from work and home and about and in a room of great people from different walks of life, many of whom I would never have met otherwise, talking about books, life and the universe.

    What book have we not read yet that you’d like to do at TGBC:
    Something written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I have developed a keen interest in Nigeria via its political fuelled music from the 60’s through to the 70’s and am keen to immerse myself further and Chimanmanda’s works seem like a great place to start.

  • TGBC Book Swap 2018

    Posted on Feb 13, 2019

    Yet again piles of our goons have participated in our end of year book swap. This year we had 140 goons get involved and send guys they have never met a book, or books, or books and booze, or books and booze and a knife. I personally got a book about the lives of two fighters before and after one kills the other in the ring, a zine of knockout poetry, a couple of gangsters trading cards and a drawing of the hammered Santa, so I was pretty fucking stoked, and I hope you were to.

    We’d like to thank everyone who was involved, those who shared a photo of what they got on the Pool Hall, and especially thank those that managed to get their package in the mail in a reasonable time this year.

    Hope everyone had a happy holidays with enough time to hit the books. See you soon.

  • Windsor and Yarraville Chapters Kick Off

    Posted on Feb 06, 2019

    2019 is off to a flying start with 2 Melbourne Chapters opeing tonight.

    The first is one directly between the existing Footscray and Williamstown Chapters in the notoriously civilised but likes to party suburb of Yarraville, which continues our ongoing expansion into the western districts. This constant domination on the western front is due to constant effort of our team from the west, Steve Bruce, James Barry, Tony Duras, Peter Defteros, and our other great officers out that way.

    The next is Chapter stuck directly in the heart of the south side. Collingwood Original Rob O’Reilly has taken up the challenge to open up the Windsor Chapter, just off Chapel St at the awesome Windsor Castle Hotel. We've struggled with opening sustainable Chapters down south before but is anyone can do it, it'd be "The Irish Mallet" Rob O’Reilly.

    We’d like to thanks all these officer and welcome all the new goons who may be attending either of these Chapters tonight.
    Have a good night and see you next month.

  • TGBC Movember Team - 2018

    Posted on Dec 06, 2018

    This last month a bunch of our goons grew moustaches (or ran k’s) to raise money for vital men’s health research and there was truly some shockingly bad ones. Seriously, on its best day this clubs not exactly an oil painting but the mo’s really turned that shit up to eleven.

    But jokes aside, I’m so proud that we as a club threw ourselves into November this year. In the end we raised a truly remarkable $14,828 for men’s health research and suicide prevention. I’d like to thank everyone who supported our Mo team, whether that being with cash or just positive comments online.

    Next, I’d like to say a special thank you to the 46 solid as fuck goons that signed up to November, each of you is excellent and you should know that your work on this helps save lives. I’d of course also like to draw special attention to David, Dave, and Pete who all cracked the grand mark in the fundraising stakes, well done guys.

    But then we have to mention our man Alex Dodson, anyone who is lucky enough to be this bastards friend online knows that he really made an effort to put the word out about what we were doing and why, this ended with him raising a massive $2,575. Congratulation Alex and everyone else involved.

    Now go shave that shit off.

  • Hemingway Month 2018

    Posted on Jul 04, 2018

    Every year we have Hemingway Month. We do this because he is interesting.
    He’s an icon of 20th century masculinity, with all the drinking, women and guns but he’s also a mean, misogynistic alcoholic who was worried about how much of a man he was seen as by others. He won both a Pulitzer for fiction and a Nobel Prize for literature by most believe his prolific drinking held him back from his true potential.

    He loved the brutal macho nature of bullfighting, big game hunting, chasing dames and wars but he’s suffered from crushing insecurity, paranoia and lifelong concern about his sexuality. He’s writing and lifestyle made him the hero of many, including writers like Hunter S Thompson and a hundred others. His characters and he are always on an adventure to experience the most life they can but most of his characters die and he killed himself by shooting himself in the face.

    His writing style is full of curt blunt observations, plain short sentences and mechanical repetition but there’s beauty in it. If you put it all together Ernest Hemingway was not the king of masculinity, he’s this truly remarkable but also tragic guy who lived an insane life.

    He won the Italian Silver Medal of Valour and the USA Bronze Star, he survived two incredibly serious plane crashes, he may have been a KGB spy but shit at it or a double agent who knows, he had hunted and killed anything that walked, he had four wives all remarkable women, he drank everything, he told tall tales, he boxed, fished, collected urinals from his favourite bars.

    Each day of his life was dedicated to the question “what is it to be a man”?... Every year we have Hemingway Month. We do this because he is interesting.

  • Goon Profile - "Clean" Pete Collings

    Posted on Jun 01, 2018

    "Clean" Pete Collings

    Castlemaine East

    Who are you:
    An ordinary bloke with extraordinary dreams. I'm also a proud husband to an awesome woman and father to two awesome teenage girls.

    How long have you been with TGBC:
    My first meeting was in August 2017 (I hadn't read the book, I think it was The Old Man and the Sea). Haven't missed a gig since.

    What’s your favourite TGBC book?
    A Clockwork Orange mostly because of the [dark] humour and different approach to the struggle of good verses evil.

    Why are you a member of TGBC:
    I'm an avid reader and had no local friends. TGBC has been a great thing to be a part of.

    What book have we not read yet that you’d like to do at TGBC:
    I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak

  • Now recruiting in Adelaide

    Posted on Jun 01, 2018

    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.

  • Point to Pinnacle (The Outcome)

    Posted on Nov 19, 2017

    I didn’t sleep. I had an early start and I was worried I’d sleep in. I was too hot under the medium thickness spring/autumn doona and kept stealing sweaty glances at the clock.





    I got up before my alarm and turned the coffee machine on. It clicked and hissed as the boiler got to temperature. While I waited for Wash to emerge from the spare room I put on my running gear. Shorts that I knew wouldn’t chafe, thick socks, a Tough Guy Book Club singlet and newish runners I had been carefully wearing in.

    I checked my supplies for the 20th time. I had enough energy gel and my copy of Murakami’s “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running”. These would be with me on my way up the mountain. The Jalapeño and Cheddar chips, Cascade Larger cans, t-shirt and thongs would be taking the bus, waiting for me at the finish line.

    Wash came out of the bathroom and we said a quick g’day. I got the porridge bubbling on the stove along with some stewed apple I had frozen from Autumn. I made tea for Alex and we had a quiet breakfast, contemplating the task ahead of us.

    The nerves started to kick in (and so had the coffee) so I headed to the loo again. One last shit before the gun goes off and I couldn’t stop to poo.

    My sister in law arrived and we all discussed tactics. Having run segments of the course during months of training we knew what pace would get us to the top, where to use gels and where the drink stations would be. We knew where it got steep and where we were going to struggle.

    We had trained through rain, snow, ice, wind, sunrises and sunsets. Race day came with warnings about the heat and lack of shade on the course. At the muster area for the start it was already 27 degrees at 7am. We had not trained for that.

    The nerves and excitement as we all huddled together at the start line reached an oppressive crescendo. I knew this was going to hurt and I wanted to get started. I wasn’t aiming to break records. I just wanted to get there without walking. I hoped my knees held out. I hoped my back held out. I hoped my calves and shins and quads didn’t cramp. I hoped the stitch passed quickly. I hoped I didn’t literally shit myself.


    I glanced at Wash and Mils with a wry smile and we shuffled across the line and into open space. We started along the flat at a decent pace, trying to find gaps between the other runners without speeding up or slowing down too much. Before too long the incline began and the pack thinned out. We found our stride and the pace was good.

    After about 5Km my pace was too fast. I had sat at just over 6 minute Kms and I knew if I wanted to reach the top I had to be at 8 minutes per Kilometre. Lucy had found a way to get higher up the course so she could cheer us on again. The surprise and joy of her excitement invigorated me.

    I didn’t eat my gel at Strickland Avenue like I’d planned. It was hot and there wasn’t any shade. I drank at every station but I got thirsty pretty quickly. Heading in to Fern Tree the tall gums and altitude offered a little shade and some relief from the heat. A couple on bagpipes spurred me on around the steep turn on to Pinnacle road and the climb up the final 12Km.

    Fern Tree Tavern to the Springs was my favourite leg during training. It had a decent incline and was a good warm up leading to the super steep Springs to Chalet leg. But on race day I blew up. Going off piste with pace, hydration and nutrition really fucked me.

    I was nauseous. Salty mouth, verge of gagging nauseous. My legs were heavy and my breath was laboured. I was half way to the Springs and I stopped running. I told myself I’d run again in a bit. I told myself I’d run again when I could see the Springs. I told myself I’d run again after a drink at the Springs. I lurched into a slow shuffle. Cramp. I stopped running.

    The rest of the race was a heartbreakingly slow and hot walk to the top. I had trained for 4 months to avoid this exact situation. I wanted to make it without walking but ended up walking 7km. I was gutted and annoyed and contemplated taking the Fingerpost Track home. Fuck this shit. But Wash and Amelia were at the top waiting for me. So I pushed on.

    With a K to go I heard cheering and music. I started shuffling again and this time I wasn’t going to stop. People I didn’t know were shouting encouragement. A Mobart Mo Bro complimented my moustache. I smiled through my grimace as Mils and Wash met me with 100 metres to go and ran with me across the finish line. Other people I knew cheered for me.

    Mils handed me a bottled water and I limped to get my participation medallion. I sat on a rock out of the way and held back tears of frustration and disappointment.

    Wash said, “You did it mate, you did it!”

    And I guess I did.

    Sam Stops (Hobart Chapter)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Castlemaine Billy Cart Challenge

    Posted on Oct 24, 2017

    It started out in 1949 as The Apex Soap Box Derby. In 2017 it would return as the Castlemaine Billy Cart Challenge.

    When our goons in the Victorian town of Castlemaine got wind of the challenge, they got romanticising. Naturally, nearly everyone had great ideas straight off the bat. Glorious ideas. And judging by experience, it was surely destined to remain just an idea.

    Not so! Some couldn’t let it go and experienced interrupted sleep and work computer distraction. A handful of motivated TGBC dreamers began meeting up, researching the science, considering designs, sketching unreadable abstract doodles on napkins and discussing how none of us knew how to do any of the work. But there was passion.

    Word got out and a local mechanic jumped on board to give the boys a hand. From that point on, a miraculous beast made of metal and rubber began to take shape. A scrapped wheelbarrow, four-wheeler motorbike, low-rider bicycle, pee-wee motorbike, ride-on mower, a racing seat and harness and a bunch of salvaged metal went into the Rat Rod styled creation soon known as Tough Guy Billy Cart. Boring, yes, but when they couldn’t decide between ‘To Thrill a Mocking Hill’, ‘Cormac McCarty’, or plain old ‘On The Road’, their indecision eventually lead to late panic on registration day that forced their hand.

    It felt like the entire town was out on race day. It was bluebird skies with a vibrant community buzz. A handful of brave men and boys took turns strapping into Tough Guy Billy Cart and committing to epic time trial runs down Monument Hill. Our boys were proud of their efforts and to be part of such an excellent event raising money for local suicide prevention network, ELM. The cart came up a treat and turned plenty of heads, even securing a front page in the local rag.

    Alex "Wash" Playsted (Castlemaine Chapter)


  • Goon Profile - Sam Stops

    Posted on Oct 19, 2017

    Sam Stops

    I feel most at home at Hobart chapter.

    Who are you:
    I’m your average man in his late 30s. I have a beautiful wife who’s way out of my league and we own a home in South Hobart. We have a good sized back yard which is nice and flat for our Labrador cross with bad hips. My favourite days are ones I spend at home in my boardshorts faffing about with a beer in my hand, with or without guests. I probably drink too much and eat too much meat.

    How long have you been with TGBC:
    My first book for TGBC was “Wake in Fright” by Kenneth Cook in March 2016. It was my favourite read until East of Eden took the top spot.

    What’s your favourite TGBC book?
    It’s hard to nail down why East of Eden has been my favourite book so far. It was our long summer read (with no meeting in January we had 2 months) but I left it to the last minute as usual. With a week to go I still had 600 pages and couldn’t put it down. I think I loved it because the characters are relatable in their flaws but want to be good. There is also a very obvious evil presence who never ceases to shock.

    Why are you a member of TGBC:
    My reasons for being in TGBC have changed and developed in the 2 years I’ve been a member. I started because I love reading and wasn’t doing enough of it. Meet me for a few beers one day and I’ll tell you what it means to me now.

    What book have we not read yet that you’d like to do at TGBC:
    I would love to read “Trainspotting” by Irvine Welsh and talk about it with the goons. I have read a lot of his stuff but never got around to this famous work. I find his writing challenging and grotesque but fascinating and rewarding too.

  • 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!

  • The Camp of Frost Lake - Daniel McMahon

    Posted on Oct 07, 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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  • Goon Profile - Steve Bruce

    Posted on Jul 12, 2017

    Steve Bruce

    Williamstown Vic

    Who are you:
    An older dude with modern thoughts, who can be found blowing harp, skiing, writing or reading (not necessarily in that order).

    How long have you been with TGBC:
    My first meeting was To Kill a Mockingbird at Footscray Chapter.

    What’s your favourite TGBC book?
    This is a hard question as 'Blood Meridian' is way up the top of the list, wrestling with 'Home' and 'The Eye of the Sheep'. 'Ham On Rye' has 'Trout Fishing in America' in a full nelson and 'Good Omens' and 'Hitchikers Guide' are taunting 'The Old Man and the Sea'.

    Why are you a member of TGBC:
    I love the honesty. The interaction between men of differing ages and various walks of life. The opportunity to read books, that have in the past, been outside the scope of what I would normally read. I like being accountable for my take on a story and then to learn from what other guy's perceptions are of the same work.

    What book have we not read yet that you’d like to do at TGBC:
    Cormac McCarthy's 'Suttree' and Murakami's 'Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki'.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Goon Profile - James Barry

    Posted on Jan 01, 2017

    James Barry

    Footscray – Victoria, Australia

    Who are you?
    I’m a Queenslander by birth, a son to loving parents, and an elder brother. I equate music to life.

    How long have you been with Tough Guy Book Club?
    My first meet was February 2016, “American Gods” by Neil Gaiman.

    What’s your favourite TGBC book? And Why?
    Australian fiction always bats above its average on the world stage. From David Malouf’s description in “Johnno” of rain hitting the fresh bitumen streets of post-war Brisbane; capturing the laconic sarcasm of a publican and a solitary customer in Kenneth Cook’s “Wake In Fright”; or perhaps Rohan Wilson’s ability to personalise the extermination of indigenous society in “The Roving Party” from the viewpoint of an aboriginal hunter. Our tales are unique and the unpleasant kernels of truth wedged into our national identity make for great storytelling.

    Why are you a member of Tough Guy Book Club?
    Why did I join TGBC? Initially it was to make some connections in a new city. More importantly, I came back because I felt a sense of camaraderie in reading something that I can talk to any bloke around the country (or the world) about each month. Plus my local venue Bar Josephine has a wonderful selection of books on the walls... and excellent craft beers!

    What book have we not read yet that you’d like to do at TGBC?
    If I’m picking a book for the summer break I cannot look past Xavier Herbert’s “Capricornia”.

  • 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.

  • Goon Profile - Greg Jenkins

    Posted on Jul 15, 2016

    Greg Jenkins

    Footscray Chapter

    Who are you:
    Who am I? I’m excited by humour, wordplay and ideas. I love writing songs and poems, playing various instruments and performing it all. My Permaculture garden brings me joy and frustration and I love cycle touring, cooking, eating and socialising.

    How long have you been with TGBC:
    I have been with TGBC since June 2016.

    What’s your favourite TGBC book?
    My favourite TGBC book? That’s a toughie – I really enjoyed re-reading “The Hitchhikers Guide…”and I loved “Bad Omens” too; I think there’s theme there: humour and a certain world-weary point of view* .. on the other hand, why don’t I go for “The Dispossessed”: politics and science fiction – another two of my favourite things!

    Why are you a member of TGBC:
    I’m a member because I love the meetings. It gets me reading books, especially ones I would never have chosen for myself, and it’s great to discuss them, and the issues they address, with other blokes. (The beer is nice too!)

    What book have we not read yet that you’d like to do at TGBC:
    I’m tempted to say “The Phantom Tollbooth” (by Norton Juster) fantastic wordplay but a bit “young”, perhaps … So I’ll recommend “The Grapes of Wrath”. *World weary weltanschauung is a more alliterative – (especially if you do it all with a German accent)! ** indecision might be another theme!

  • 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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