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Wednesday 6 December 2017 11.30am
Now in our 13th year, We are an informal and hopefully friendly book club that doesn't take itself too seriously. We always welcome new people to the group so if you would like to join us, we would love to meet you.

Currently, we meet on the 3rd Monday of each month so the first book club of 2018 will be on Monday 15th January, we will talk about See what I have done, by Sarah Schmidt. As usual, at The King's Arms , Newcomen St, from 7.30pm.

Our February book will be The shore, by Sara Taylor. which we will talk about on Monday 19th February.

Here's an updated list of the books we have read so far
White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
The world accroding to garp
Don’t look Now Daphne De maurier
His Bloody Project: Graeme Macrae Burnet
operation Shylock - a confession by Philip Roth
Me Cheetah - The Autobiography by James Lever
The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon by Alexander McCall Smith.
11.22.63 by Stephen King
The Prince of Tides by PAT CONROY
The Memory of Love. by Aminatta Forna
Fires of Autumn by Irene Némirovsky
The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
Diary of a nobody - George Grossmith
Rituals - Cees Nooteboom
Gods behaving badly
The brief wondrous life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
A man called Ove - Fredrik Backman's
Carry On Jeeves – PG Woodhouse
The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt
Nine Stories – J.D. Salinger
The surgeon of crowthorne - Simon Winchester

Leo the African / Leo Africanus, by Amin Maalouf
The Miniaturist - Jessie Burton
Walking the lines - The London underground overground by Mark Mason
The Wimbledon Poisoner by Nigel Williams
H is for Hawk
Kazuo Ishiguro - A Pale View of Hills

The Rosie Project Graeme Simsion
Snow White Must Die - Nele Neuhaus
The Dress Maker of Khair Khana - Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut
Once Were Warriors by Alan Duff
Concrete Island byJ.G. Ballard
The Chrysalids - John Wyndham
The Colour of Milk is the new novel by Nell Leyshon.
Me before you by Jo Jo Moyes
The Human by Matt Haig
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
The Devil in the Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgson

If on a winters night a traveller by Italo Calvino
How To Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran By Light Alone - Adam Roberts
What a Carve Up- Jonathan Coe
Dubliners - James Joyce
The Sisters Brothers, Patrick deWitt
A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
Alone in Berlin, Hans Fallada
SKIOS by Michael Frayn
Agent Z and the penguin from Mars – Mark Haddon
The universe Versus Alex Wood by Gavin Extence.
The ballad of Peckham Rye, Muriel Spark,

Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson
Mary Ann in Autumn (Tales of the City), by Armistead Maupin
The Milkman In The Night by Andrey Kurkov
"Snowdrops" by A.D.Miller
,"Mother's Milk" by Edward St Aubyn
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1963), John le Carré.
The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester
"The Hypnotist" by Lars Kepler
"The Snow Child" by Eowyn Ivey.
The Strangers Child by Alan Hollinghurst

The Reluctant Fundamentalist - Mohsin Hamid
God's Own Country - Ross Raisin
The Reindeer People - Megan Lindholm
The Children's Book - A.S. Byatt
One Day - David Nicholls
When God was a Rabbit - Sarah Winman
Dan Leno and the Lime House Golem - Peter Ackroyd
By Light Alone by Adam Roberts

Handle with Care - Jodi Picoult
The Alchemist - Paul Coelho
A God Strolling in the Cool of the Evening - Mario de Carvalho
Foolish Lessons in Life & Love - Penny Rudge
Secret History - Donna Tartt
Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Post Birthday World - Lionel Shriver
Dr Sax - Jack Kerouac
Ordinary Thunderstorms - William Boyd

The Double Bind - Chris Bohjalin
The Secret Scripture - Sebastian Barry
The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
Five quarters of the orange - Joanne Harris
The Remedy - Michelle Lovric
The Time Travellers Wife - Audrey Niffenger
A Million Little Pieces - James Frey
The Sorrows of Young Werther - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Suite Francais - Irene Nemirovsky
Everyman's Rules for Scientific Living - Carrie Tiffany
When I lived in Modern Times - Linda Grant

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
Monday 15 January 2018 7.10pm
Hi all, so sorry I cannot make it tonight, my brother’s wife just gave birth so I have been down with my family outside of London.

I have nominated the following 3 books:

Let me be frank with you: Richard Ford.

Richard Ford returns with four deftly linked Christmas stories narrated by the iconic Frank Bascombe. Now sixty-eight, Frank resides again in the New Jersey suburb of Haddam, and has thrived – seemingly but not utterly – amidst the devastations of Hurricane Sandy. The desolations of Sandy, which left countless lives unmoored, are the perfect backdrop for Ford – and Bascombe. With a flawless comedic sensibility and unblinking intelligence, these stories range over the full complement of universal subjects: ageing, race, loss, faith, marriage, the real estate debacle – the tumult of the world we live in.

The Orphan Master's Son: Adam Johnson

Pak Jun Do knows he is special. He knows he must be the son of the master of the orphanage, not some kid dumped by his parents – it was obvious from the way his father singled him out for beatings.
He knows he is special when he is picked as a spy and kidnapper for his country, the glorious Democratic Republic of North Korea.
He knows he must find his true love, Sun Moon, the greatest opera star who ever lived, before it’s too late.
He knows he’s not like the other prisoners in the camp.
He’s going to get out soon.

Imagine me gone: Adam Haslett

Michael's father walked into the woods one day, and out of his family's life for ever. Yet he and his brother and sister see it less as a tragedy in their past and more as a forewarning of the future. For Michael - smart, brilliant, so alive and vital - feels the darkness that drew their father away and how, given the chance, it might take the whole family. He wants to save them - but can he save himself?

Thanks! See you next month!

Thursday 18 January 2018 4.37pm
We met on Monday to talk about See What I have Done by Sarah Schmidt - scores of between 4 and 7, with an interest in expectations for the world of women's lives now compared to then.

And the book chosen from the 3 nominated books for March is 2: The Orphan Master's Son: Adam Johnson

Next month we meet on February 19th at 7.30 in the King's Arms in Newcomen St to discuss The Shore by Sara Taylor.

We always welcome newcomers, so if you have been thinking for a while that you'd like to join or if you've just discovered us do come along.
Monday 19 February 2018 5.19pm
Hello all,

I think that it's my turn to nominate:

Stone Mattress: Nine Wicked Tales - Margaret Atwood

A recently widowed fantasy writer is guided through a stormy winter evening by the voice of her late husband. An elderly lady with Charles Bonnet syndrome comes to terms with the little people she keeps seeing, while a newly formed populist group gathers to burn down her retirement residence. A woman born with a genetic abnormality is mistaken for a vampire, and a crime committed long ago is revenged in the Arctic via a 1.9 billion-year-old stromatolite.

In these nine tales, Margaret Atwood ventures into the shadowland earlier explored by fabulists and concoctors of dark yarns such as Robert Louis Stevenson, Daphne du Maurier and Arthur Conan Doyle - and also by herself, in her award-winning novel Alias Grace. In Stone Mattress, Margaret Atwood is at the top of her darkly humorous and seriously playful game.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North - Richard Flanagan

Forever after, there were for them only two sorts of men: the men who were on the Line, and the rest of humanity, who were not.

In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Burma Death Railway, surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle’s young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever.

This is a story about the many forms of love and death, of war and truth, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost.

The Essex Serpent - Sarah Perry

London, 1893. When Cora Seaborne's controlling husband dies, she steps into her new life as a widow with as much relief as sadness. Along with her son Francis - a curious, obsessive boy - she leaves town for Essex, in the hope that fresh air and open space will provide refuge.

On arrival, rumours reach them that the mythical Essex Serpent, once said to roam the marshes claiming lives, has returned to the coastal parish of Aldwinter. Cora, a keen amateur naturalist with no patience for superstition, is enthralled, convinced that what the local people think is a magical beast may be a yet-undiscovered species. As she sets out on its trail, she is introduced to William Ransome, Aldwinter's vicar, who is also deeply suspicious of the rumours, but thinks they are a distraction from true faith.

As he tries to calm his parishioners, Will and Cora strike up an intense relationship, and although they agree on absolutely nothing, they find themselves at once drawn together and torn apart, affecting each other in ways that surprise them both.
The Essex Serpent is a celebration of love, and the many different shapes it can take.
Monday 19 February 2018 10.14pm
The book for April is Stone Mattress: Nine Wicked Tales - Margaret Atwood
Sunday 18 March 2018 9.37am
Book club tomorrow evening at 7.30 King's Arms, Newcomen St. We will be discussing The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson.

We always welcome new members so, if you've been thinking of joining, do come along tomorrow and introduce yourself.
Sunday 18 March 2018 11.14am
Hi all,

I won't be able to make it tomorrow I'm afraid - I've lost my voice!
I haven't finished The orphan master's son - can't say it worked for me, but I've not been in proper reading mode lately so I might give it another chance later. No mark for now, I've barely read a third of it.

Hope you are all well.
See you next month if not by then.
Thursday 29 March 2018 12.10pm
The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society is coming to cinemas soon. I remember reading this SE1 book club choice - can't believe it was 8 years ago!
Sunday 15 April 2018 9.18am
Book club is tomorrow at 7.30 at the King's Arms Newcomen St.

We are discussing Margaret Atwood's Stone Mattress, Nine Tales.

The book for May is Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman.

The 3 books nominated for June are:

Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift.
It is March 30th 1924. It is Mothering Sunday. How will Jane Fairchild, orphan and housemaid, occupy her time when she has no mother to visit? How, shaped by the events of this never to be forgotten day, will her future unfold?
Beginning with an intimate assignation and opening to embrace decades, Mothering Sunday has at its heart both the story of a life and the life that stories can magically contain..

London Fields by Martin Amis
There is a murderer, there is a murderee, and there is a foil. Everyone is always out there searching for someone and something, usually for a lover, usually for love. And this is a love story.

But the murderee - Nicola Six - is searching for something and someone else: her murderer. She knows the time, she knows the place, she knows the motive, she knows the means. She just doesn't know the man.

I know it's been listed before but ....
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry.
London, 1893. When Cora Seaborne's controlling husband dies, she steps into her new life as a widow with as much relief as sadness. Along with her son Francis - a curious, obsessive boy - she leaves town for Essex, in the hope that fresh air and open space will provide refuge.

On arrival, rumours reach them that the mythical Essex Serpent, once said to roam the marshes claiming lives, has returned to the coastal parish of Aldwinter. Cora, a keen amateur naturalist with no patience for superstition, is enthralled, convinced that what the local people think is a magical beast may be a yet-undiscovered species.
Monday 7 May 2018 6.33pm
Book club is meeting at the King's Arms on Newcomen St on Monday 21st May at 7.30. The book we're discussing this time is Eleanor Oliphant is compeletely fine by Gail Honeyman.

The book that was chosen for June is The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry, and that will be on 18th June.

It's Jac's turn to nominate 3 books for July.

We are always happy to welcome new members!
If you're new to the area or have always wanted to join a book club - or are just curious about what goes on, do join us. We meet at 7.30 on the third Monday of the month at the King's Arms on Newcomen St.
We take turns to nominate 3 books (for the one to be discussed in 2 month's time) and the group chooses which one of the 3 it will be.

See you on 21st.
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