SE1 Book Club 2017

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Wednesday 30 August 2017 2.09pm
Well the views on the Stephen King were far from complimentary from 0-3/10- apart from NicG above giving it a 6! Not many of us said we'd bother to finish it.

For the September book club on 18th September we'll meet at the Kings Arms again, on Newcomen St at 7.30 to discuss Pat Conroy's book Prince of Tides.

All newcomers welcome of course - LilaSE1 and saidhbh, do come along.

For our October book, here are my 3 suggested titles, all set in Africa ranging over more than half a century:

Doris Lessing - The Grass is singing. Lessing arrived in London in the spring of 1949 with Ł20 and the manuscript of a novel drawing heavily on her life in Africa, exploring the power and fear at the heart of the colonial experience. When Mary Turner's husband becomes sick she takes over the running of their failing Rhodesian farm. Gradually she begins to develop a relationship with one of their black servants, Moses – a relationship the reader knows will end in tragedy from the first page.

Aminatta Forna - The Memory of Love. Set in Sierre Leone, but a universal theme. A dying man Elias Cole, reflects on a past obsession: Saffia, the woman he loved, and Julius, her charismatic, unpredictable husband. Three lives will collide in a story about friendship, love, war, about understanding the indelible effects of the past and the nature of obsessive love.

Tendai Huchu - The Hairdresser of Harare. Vimbai is the star hairdresser of her salon, the smartest in Harare, Zimbabwe, until the enigmatic Dumisani appears. But disaster is near, as Vimbai soon uncovers Dumi's secret, a discovery that will result in brutality and tragedy, testing their relationship to the very limit. The Hairdresser of Harare is a stylish, funny and sophisticated first-hand account of life today in Zimbabwe's capital city, confounding stereotypes and challenging injustice with equal fearlessness.
Friday 1 September 2017 10.59am
Have you seen that they've made a film of 'Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem'? This was one of the books that we've read in this book club. will be interesting to see it.
Wednesday 13 September 2017 12.46pm
Hello everyone,

Would you like to vote on the book for October please from my list above?

I think it's Jac's turn to propose 3 books for November at our next book club.

Monday 18th Sept at King's Arms, Newcomen St, at 7.30.
Sunday 17 September 2017 2.47pm
Hi all,

my vote for the October book goes to Aminatta Forna's The Memory of Love.
See you on Monday - tomorrow - to talk about The Prince of Tides.
Tuesday 19 September 2017 2.46pm
Last night we discussed The Prince of Tides that received general acclaim from readers (average marks 8 out of 10), despite what we felt was an unpromising title and the 1991 film that relates only part of the whole story.

The book chosen for October is The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna. We have booked a table again at the Kings Arms, Newcomen Street for Monday 16th October at 7.30.

We also voted on the book for November which is the Fires of Autumn by Irene Némirovsky.
A French writer of Ukrainian-Jewish origin, author of Suite Francaise. In 1942 Némirovsky was arrested as a Jew and detained at Pithiviers and then Auschwitz, where she died, a victim of the Holocaust. The notebook containing the two novels was preserved by her daughters but not examined until 1998. They were published posthumously in a single volume. The Fires of Autumn was published in 1957.
Wednesday 20 September 2017 9.51am
At the October book club on 16th we will be voting for the January book. Mr Jac will propose the 3 choices.

For December we will be meeting for our annual Book Club dinner on 4th December. Please let us know if you want to join us so we can give you details of place and time. We'll vote for best and worst books read in 2017.
Wednesday 18 October 2017 12.16pm
We met on Monday night to discuss The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna. Scores were good at 8/10, although not everyone had finished the book.

Next month we meet on 20th November at the King's Arms, Newcomen St at 7.30 again, to talk about The Fires of Autumn by Irene Némirovsky.

Hope to see you there. Do let us know if you'd like to join the annual Christmas dinner on 4th Dec. We'll be voting for the best and worst of the year, so no book for December.

For the January book we voted to read debut novel See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt.
Thursday 30 November 2017 6.30pm
Hi all,

where are we meeting for Christmas dinner on Monday?
Jac
Monday 4 December 2017 2.49pm
natlondon wrote:
Hi all,
where are we meeting for Christmas dinner on Monday?
I sent you an email . It's a fine food long lane 7.30pm
Monday 4 December 2017 11.22pm
Hi all,

so lovely to see you all tonight after a long while.

The selection for the February book was on the theme of Home:
Book 1: Home, by Toni Morrison (2012)
For Frank and his sister, home is a small town Georgia. He’s hated it all his life but he has to take her back there. Frank is a quintessentially American character struggling through another shameful moment in the nation's history. The novel is almost eerie in its timeliness – it is set in the 1950s, yet it calls to mind the plight of today's veterans returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Book 2: The turtle warrior, by Mary Relindes Ellis (2005)
For the Lucas family, home is on a farm near a small town in Wisconsin. There are relatively few characters here, two parents, two sons, two kind neighbours. Wisconsin is a character too, as well as the farm. It’s both quiet and disquiet, beautiful and ugly. A complex and compelling story rich in history and compassion. Eerie, lonely, lovely, remote northern Wisconsin before, during and after the Vietnam War.

Book 3: The shore, by Sara Taylor (2015)
For the two families here, home is a few islands off the Virginia coast. The book spans two centuries so there are a lot of characters, all linked to the place and most women have in common this resilience that keeps them going on through generations. Adversity takes many forms, from violence to poverty, drugs and misogyny. Yet it isn’t all bleak, the Shawnee ancestors come to the rescue, and nature is beautiful.

And the winner iiiiis..... The shore, by Sara Taylor. which we will talk about on Monday 19th February.

As a reminder, 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, 7.30.

Have a lovely Christmas everyone, and a splendid New Year.
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