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July Meeting

Nothing Is TrueFor our book club meeting on Wed 8 July, we read Nothing Is True And Everything Is Possible by Peter Pomerantsev.

Jacket Synopsis:
Take a trip deep into the glittering, surreal heart of twenty-first century Russia, a world erupting with new money and new power, changing so fast it breaks all sense of reality.

When he arrives in Russia in the mid-00s, Londoner Peter Pomerantsev sees an opportunity in the booming TV industry, and gains access to every nook and corrupt cranny of the giant country: from propaganda gurus through to Siberian gangsters and the elite super-rich in London and the US. As Russia spins from decadence to madness, from glamour to fascism, he finds himself sucked further into Putin’s post-modern dictatorship as it rises to challenge the West.

June Meeting

The SacrificeFor our book club meeting on Fri 5 June, we read The Sacrifice by Joyce Carol Oates.

Jacket Synopsis:
When a fourteen-year-old girl is the alleged victim of a terrible act of racial violence, the incident shocks and galvanises her community, exacerbating the racial tension that has been simmering in this New Jersey town for decades. In this magisterial work of fiction, Joyce Carol Oates explores the uneasy fault lines in a racially troubled society. In such a tense, charged atmosphere, Oates reveals that there must always be a sacrifice – of innocence, truth, trust, and, ultimately, of lives. Unfolding in a succession of multiracial voices, in a community transfixed by this alleged crime and the spectacle unfolding around it, this profound novel exposes what – and who – the “sacrifice” actually is, and what consequences these kind of events hold for us all.

May Meeting

Young SkinsFor our book club meeting on Wed 6 May, we read Young Skins by Colin Barrett.

Jacket Synopsis:
This magnificent collection takes us to Glanbeigh, a small town in rural Ireland – a town in which the youth have the run of the place. Boy racers speed down the back lanes; couples haunt the midnight woods; young skins huddle in the cold once The Peacock has closed its doors. Here the young live hard and wear the scars. It matters whose sister you were seen with. If you are in the wrong place at the wrong time, it matters a very great deal.

Colin Barrett’s debut does not take us to Glanbeigh alone; there are other towns, and older characters. But each story is defined by a youth lived in a crucible of menace and desire – and each crackles with the uniform energy and force that distinguish this terrific collection.

April Meeting

H Is For HawkFor our book club meeting on Wed 15 April, we read H Is For Hawk by Helen Macdonald.

Jacket Synopsis:
As a child, Helen Macdonald was determined to become a falconer, learning the arcane terminology and reading all the classic books. Years later, when her father died and she was struck deeply by grief, she became obsessed with the idea of training her own goshawk. She bought Mabel for £800 on a Scottish quayside and took her home to Cambridge, ready to embark on the long, strange business of trying to train this wildest of animals.

H is for Hawk is an unflinchingly honest account of Macdonald’s struggle with grief during the difficult process of the hawk’s taming and her own untaming. This is a book about memory, nature and nation, and how it might be possible to reconcile death with life and love.

March Meeting

A Spool Of Blue ThreadFor our book club meeting on Wed 4 March, we read A Spool Of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler.

Jacket Synopsis:
‘It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon…’

This is the way Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she and Red fell in love that day in July 1959. The whole family on the porch, relaxed, half-listening as their mother tells the same tale they have heard so many times before.

And yet this gathering is different. Abby and Red are getting older, and decisions must be made about how best to look after them and their beloved family home. They’ve all come, even Denny, who can usually be relied on only to please himself.

From that porch we spool back through three generations of the Whitshanks, witnessing the events, secrets and unguarded moments that have come to define who and what they are. And while all families like to believe they are special, round that kitchen table over all those years we also see played out our own hopes and fears, rivalries and tensions – the essential nature of family life.

Feb Meeting

Consolations of the ForestFor our book club meeting on Fri 13 Feb, we read Consolations of the Forest by Sylvain Tesson.

Jacket Synopsis:
Sylvain Tesson, found a radical solution to his need for freedom, one as ancient as the experiences of the hermits of old Russia: he decided to lock himself alone in a cabin in the middle taiga, on the shores of Baikal, for six months. Noting carefully his impressions of the silence, Sylvain Tesson shares with us an extraordinary experience.

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