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Tuesday 9 December 2008 12.30pm
A new thread for a new year.

first book club meeting will probably be the second Wednesday of Jan (14th) - In The Brittania, Kipling St, book to read is Shakespear by Bill Bryson.
Wednesday 10 December 2008 9.05am
Oh crikey - I on't be able to make it. Off to see some sunshine and not back till Thursday morning. Almost finished the book though!
Thursday 11 December 2008 2.18pm
We shall be in Montevideo, y'know, as one is....
Thursday 11 December 2008 2.58pm
That name always makes me think of Candide.
Thursday 11 December 2008 3.28pm
Laphroaig wrote:
That name always makes me think of Candide.

so that means that everything is for the best in the best of all possible worlds... ??
Thursday 11 December 2008 5.20pm
Ooo, Jackie, I spent some time in Montevideo in September this year and absolutely loved the Uruguayans. They're incredibly friendly, wildly eccentric and huge fun. Although there is much poverty and distressing sights of homeless children getting high on industrial plastics.

Couldn't be more different to the Argentines of Buenos Aires. I came away not half so keen on them...
Saturday 13 December 2008 8.57am
Ah...we'll be going on to Buenos Aires then to Iguacu falls and to Rio...having started in Valparaiso in Chile, gone through the fjords and round the Straits of Magellan...will send SE1 love to the penguins. I'm sure you really need to know this on the book club thread...but the Professor is reading The Book Thief...
Monday 15 December 2008 12.09pm
which is just enough to let you get away with it!... Let us know what he thinks when he's finished.

You could keep us informed of your travels on the 'SE1 round the world' thread.
Monday 15 December 2008 3.27pm
for future reference
book club ‘started' on Tuesday 5th October 2004

books read;

Star of the Sea - Joseph O'Connor
Fingersmith - Sarah Waters
Popcorn - Ben Elton
A short history of nearly everything - Bill Bryson
Don't drop the coffin - Barry Albin-Dyer
Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
Do not pass Go - Tim Moore
Aberystwyth Mon Amour - Malcolm Pryce
Last Tango in Aberystwyth - Malcolm Pryce
The curious incident of the dog in the night-time - Mark Haddon
We need to talk about Kevin - Lionel Shriver
The best a man can get - John O'Farrell
Never let me go - Kazuo Ishiguro
The History of Love - Nicole Krauss
On Beauty - Zadie Smith
Misfortune - Wesley Stace
And Still I Rise - Doreen Lorence
The Historian - Elizabeth Kostova
The Secret River - Kate Grenville
First Casualty - Ben Elton
Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian - Marina Lewycka
Service Wash - Rupert Smith
Restless - William Boyd
Black Swan Green - David Mitchell
Post Birthday World - Lionel Shriver
Salmon fishing in the Yemen - Paul Torday
The house by the Thames - Gillian Tindall
The Bookseller of Kabul - Asne Seierstad
The Other side of the Bridge - Mary Lawson
On Chesil Beach - Ian McEwan
Engleby - Sebastian Faulks
The Dice Man - Luke Rhinehart
Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
The Heat of the Day - Elizabeth Bowen
Wish you were here - Mike Gayle
Call The Midwife - Jennifer Worth
The Book Thief - Marcus Zusak
Shakespeare: The world as a stage - Bill Bryson
Mary Reilly - Valerie Martin

There are several other books that were suggested, more than once, but I've not included those, this is only a list of books that we actually chose to read and discuss at the book club, the exception being And Still I Rise, which was chosen, but then discovered that it was only in hardback at the time, so we changed that months book.... oh and we were going to read Chart Throb, by Ben Elton, but that was only in hardback at the time as well so we read The First Casualty instead.

Hope this helps old and new book clubbers alike.

Tuesday 16 December 2008 5.42pm
There's a new Aberystwyth book coming out in Spring 09, apparently. From Aberystwyth with love, iirc.

...if you press it, they will come.
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