January Meeting

For our book club meeting on Fri 13 Jan, we read Autumn by Ali Smith and Nothing On Earth by Conor O’Callaghan.


Jacket Synopsis – Autumn:
Autumn. Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. That’s what it felt like for Keats in 1819. How about Autumn 2016?

Daniel is a century old. Elisabeth, born in 1984, has her eye on the future. The United Kingdom is in pieces, divided by a historic once-in-a-generation summer. Love is won, love is lost. Hope is hand in hand with hopelessness. The seasons roll round, as ever.

 Jacket Synopsis – Nothing On Earth:Nothing On Earth
A frightened girl bangs on a door. A man answers. From the moment he invites her in, his world will never be the same again.

She tells him about her family, and their strange life in the show home of an abandoned housing estate. The long, blistering days spent sunbathing; the airless nights filled with inexplicable noises; the words that appear on the windows, written in dust.

Where is her family now? Is she telling the truth? Can the man be trusted? Beautiful and disturbing, her story – retold in his words – reaches towards those frayed edges of reality where each of us, if only once, glimpses something nobody will ever explain.

December Meeting

For our book club meeting on Fri 2 December, we read Days Without End by Sebastian Barry.Days Without End

Jacket Synopsis:
After signing up for the US army in the 1850s, aged barely seventeen, Thomas McNulty and his brother-in-arms, John Cole, go on to fight in the Indian wars and, ultimately, the Civil War. Having fled terrible hardships they find these days to be vivid and filled with wonder, despite the horrors they both see and are complicit in.

November Meeting

SelloutFor our book club meeting on Fri 4 November, members read their choice from the Man Booker Shortlist.

Shortlisted books were –

Paul Beatty (US), The Sellout

Deborah Levy (UK), Hot Milk

Graeme Macrae Burnet (UK), His Bloody Project

Ottessa Moshfegh (US), Eileen

David Szalay (Canada-UK), All That Man Is

Madeleine Thien (Canada), Do Not Say We Have Nothing

October Meeting

Our book club took a break in October in order to read a selection from the Man Booker Shortlist. This selection was then discussed in our November Meeting.Do Not Say We Have Nothing

September Meeting

Gustav SonataFor our book club meeting on Fri 23 September, we read The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain.

Jacket Synopsis:
Gustav Perle grows up in a small town in Switzerland, where the horrors of the Second World War seem distant. He adores his mother but she treats him with bitter severity. Older, and increasingly curious about his absent father, Gustav discovers the traces of an erotic love affair – traces which still glow white-hot even now.

June Meeting

For oLast Days of Summerur book club meeting on Fri 17 June, we read The Last Days of Summer by Vanessa Ronan.

Jacket Synopsis:
She can forgive. They can’t forget. After ten years in the Huntsville State Penitentiary, Jasper Curtis returns home to live with his sister and her two daughters. Lizzie does not know who she’s letting into her home: the brother she grew up loving or the monster he became. Teenage Katie distrusts this strange man in their home but eleven-year-old Joanne is just intrigued by her new uncle. Jasper says he’s all done with trouble, but in a forgotten prairie town that knows no forgiveness, it does not take long for trouble to arrive at their door…

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