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Bookclub 2014 So far....

4 September 2014 - 9:34am -- kelly
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1 September 2014 - 8:45am
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And here are the 2014 bookclub choices for 2014 so far....

The Examined Life - Stephen Grosz *An uplifting and insightful look at life from a psychoanalyst couch 

Satantango - Laslo Krasznahorkai *Bleak, existential, difficult...!

Big Brother - Lionel Shriver * Family, addictions, sacrifice and food...

Eat my Heart Out - Zoe Pilger *Funny, fierce, hipster post feminist lit

The Humans - Matt Haig *Otherworldly tale of acceptance and every kind of love

And the Mountains Echoed - Khalid Hosseini *Moving epic of heartache and hope

2013 Bookclubs

4 September 2014 - 8:32am -- kelly
Event date: 
1 January 2013 - 7:45am
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So...Transpires we had some issues with the website updates in 2013 (boo) which is now fixed (huzzah) so I am going to do a quick run down of the bookclub choices from 2013:

The Uninvited Guests - Sadie Jones *Charming character driven comedy of manners

Brilliance - Anthony McCarten *Two men trying to change the world in very different ways...

The House of Rumour - Jake Arnott *History hopping secrets and lies

The Teleportation Accident - Ned Beauman *Bonkers (but quite wonderful imho)

The Detour - Gerbrand Bekker *Unassuming and thoughtful

Book Club is back!

17 January 2013 - 4:30pm -- kelly
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21 February 2013 - 7:00pm
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Hurrah, book club is back for 2013 with a couple of cracking choices. 

First off we are reading The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan, only £5.99 in stock now. 

Just pick up a copy from the bookshop and then pop along on Thursday 21st Feb to chat about it! 

Bookclub Archive

18 November 2012 - 12:33pm -- kelly
Event date: 
17 November 2012 (All day)
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Here are a few of our previous bookclub choices. 

We've had some real corkers...

Afterthoughts: 

The Islanders by Christopher Priest - Winner of the British Science Fiction Award 2011. A fantastical and marvellously peculiar story about stories. I think.  I loved this and am still pondering it's greater meanings. Loved it. 

The Greatcoat by Helen Dunmore - A chilling ghost story set after WW2, with the country mourning it's loss, it is easier for some to remember than others. Perfect period chiller for those chilly evenings. 

 

The Beautiful Indifference by Sarah Hall - Shortlisted for the Orange Prize 2012, this collection of short stories really packs a punch. Slices of a life dramatically captured with gorgeous prose. Stories of love and desire, horror and loss, a startling read. 

 

The Dinner by Herman Koch - A real conversation piece, attracted a large turnout who mostly liked it even though it made them a bit angry! Genius characterisations and a real time set piece thriller or a very modern moral fable?

 

Einstein's Dreams by Alan Lightman - An collection of beautifully written vignettes imagining Einstein's world as fractals of his great Theory of Relativity. Mind bending and intense this one really wakes up the grey matter. 

 

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller - An homage to The Iliad told through the eyes of Patroclus, Achilles closest comrade, this book won the Orange Prize 2012. I loved this book, romantic, sexy, epic and supernatural, a vivid visceral read.

 

The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright - Haunting and deeply emotional, a stolen kiss leads to secrets and lies.

 

HHhH by Laurent Binet - Winner of the Prix du Premier Roman in 2010 for French literature. A novel about WW2 Operation Anthropoid and how a real historical event may be portrayed in fiction. A marvellous read, starting with the authors research and notes as he strives to recreate with pure honest the events as they unfolded, dragging you along with the fierce dramatic drama.

 

Charles Jessold Considered as a Murderer by Wesley Stace - With it's dense prose styling this is an intricate soap opera of a novel. Love, death and folk music. Gorgeous. 

 

Ten Stories About Smoking by Stuart Evers - This book of short stories won the London Book Award 2011.  Written with a sparse and raw style, these darkly comic and intense little stories act much like a swift nicotine rush!  

 

Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman - Life on a modern council estate as seen through the eyes of 11 year old Ghanaian boy Harrison, whose life is hurtling towards tragedy. 

 

Pure by Andrew Miller - Costa Book Award Book of the Year 2011. Follows the story of a young engineer charged wither the clearing of Les Innocents Cemetery and Church in Paris, this wonderfully dark novel is drenched in atmosphere and the stench of decay but dreams of change, revolution and renewal. 

 

Snowdrops by AD Miller - A Russian slow burn crime thriller, pacey gruesome and gripping. 

 

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan - 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner, a modern American fable of the circles we move in, the choices we make, the collisions and near misses of characters, the flow and ripples of time. 

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