SE1 BookClub 2018

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Jac
Monday 21 May 2018 10.36am
Rather random but here are my 3 choices:
This is going to hurt - Adam Kay
Book Description
The often hilarious, at times horrifying and occasionally heartbreaking diaries of a former junior doctor, and the story of why he decided to hang up his stethoscope.
From the Inside Flap
97-hour weeks. Life and death decisions.
A constant tsunami of bodily fluids.
And the hospital parking meter earns more than you.

Welcome to the life of a junior doctor.

Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, Adam Kay's diaries provide a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking, this is everything you wanted to know - and more than a few things you didn't - about life on and off the hospital ward.

The Good Daughter - Karin Slaughter
From the Inside Flap
The stunning new standalone, with a chilling edge of psychological suspense, from the No.1 bestselling author of the Will Trent and Grant County series.
Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is left behind...
Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn's happy smalltown family life was destroyed by a terrifying attack on their home. It left their mother dead. It left their father - a notorious defence attorney - devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that shocking night.
Twenty-eight years later, Charlie has followed in her father's footsteps to become a lawyer. But when violence comes to their home town again, she is plunged into a nightmare. Because the case triggers memories she's tried so hard to suppress, and the shocking truth about the crime which destroyed her family won't stay buried for ever...


SkagBoys - Irvine Welsh
Mark Renton has it all: he’s good-looking, young, with a pretty girlfriend and a bright future. But there’s no room for him in the 1980s and when his family starts to fracture, Mark’s life swings out of control. The way out is heroin. It’s no better for his friends – Spud Murphy is laid off from his job, Tommy Lawrence finds himself sucked into a life of petty crime, violence and the world of the psychotic Franco Begbie. Only Sick Boy seems to ride the current, scamming and hustling his way through it all. Exhilarating and moving, Skagboys charts their journey from likely lads to young addicts in a decade which changed Britain forever.
Monday 11 June 2018 5.15pm
We are meeting on 18th June at the Kings Arms on Newcomen St at 7.30 to discuss The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry.

We are taking a book club break over the summer and still have to vote on the choice of book for September from the 3 proposed above by Jac. So come along and help us decide.

Next book club after this one will be on Monday 17th September.
Monday 18 June 2018 9.24am
Is book club still meeting this evening? Heard a rumour that it may be postponed due to all the pubs screening the england v tunisia football match.
Monday 18 June 2018 7.41pm
The Kings Arms pub is heaving with footie fans, so I have decamped to the Slug & Lettuce on Borough High St. No TVs here!
Monday 20 August 2018 9.14am
Hello, do you accept newcomers?
Jac
Monday 20 August 2018 5.09pm
yes we do but we are have been having a bit of a break. Will probably be back in September. Keep an eye out here or PM your email and I will add you to our mailing list
Monday 1 October 2018 8.57pm
Hi all,

the book club is back in business! We will meet on Monday 15th October, from 7.30pm at the King's Arms, on Newcomen street - a table has been booked.

Juanita and Cristalbrincks, you are more than welcome to (re-)join, do come along.

On this occasion, we will just catch up and discuss books read over the summer, and we can vote for one of the three titles Jac suggested earlier and which we never got round to voting on.

Here they are again:

This is going to hurt - Adam Kay
The often hilarious, at times horrifying and occasionally heartbreaking diaries of a former junior doctor, and the story of why he decided to hang up his stethoscope.
From the Inside Flap:
97-hour weeks. Life and death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids, and the hospital parking meter earns more than you. Welcome to the life of a junior doctor. Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, Adam Kay's diaries provide a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking, this is everything you wanted to know - and more than a few things you didn't - about life on and off the hospital ward.

The Good Daughter - Karin Slaughter
From the Inside Flap
The stunning new standalone, with a chilling edge of psychological suspense, from the No.1 bestselling author of the Will Trent and Grant County series.
Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is left behind...
Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn's happy smalltown family life was destroyed by a terrifying attack on their home. It left their mother dead. It left their father - a notorious defence attorney - devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that shocking night.
Twenty-eight years later, Charlie has followed in her father's footsteps to become a lawyer. But when violence comes to their home town again, she is plunged into a nightmare. Because the case triggers memories she's tried so hard to suppress, and the shocking truth about the crime which destroyed her family won't stay buried for ever...


SkagBoys - Irvine Welsh
Mark Renton has it all: he’s good-looking, young, with a pretty girlfriend and a bright future. But there’s no room for him in the 1980s and when his family starts to fracture, Mark’s life swings out of control. The way out is heroin. It’s no better for his friends – Spud Murphy is laid off from his job, Tommy Lawrence finds himself sucked into a life of petty crime, violence and the world of the psychotic Franco Begbie. Only Sick Boy seems to ride the current, scamming and hustling his way through it all. Exhilarating and moving, Skagboys charts their journey from likely lads to young addicts in a decade which changed Britain forever.

One of the above will be discussed when we meet in November.

Lucy, I believe you are next to suggest three titles for the following session - if you bring ideas on 15th October, we can select one and have plenty of time to read that by the time we are due to discuss it.

See you all on Monday 15th!
Tuesday 16 October 2018 12.06pm
Hi all,

thanks to all those who could make it yesterday, it was great to see you and catch up.
After a couple of hours of catching up we voted for the next book from Jac's list:

We'll be taliking about This is going to hurt, by Adam Kay next time.

Now, little twist to our book club: as Mondays don't work best for everyone, we'll try Tuesdays!
So... next book club gathering will be at the same place King's Arms on Newcomen Street, at the same time, 7.30, but not on the same day, but rather on the third Tuesday of November, Tuesday 20th November.

Lucy, sorry you couldn't make it. As it was your turn to suggest three titles, feel free to do so on this forum and we can vote on them next time.
As the December gathering is usually more of a social one than a book-based chat, we won't be discussing it until next January anyway, so no rush. If you can't post it here just bring your selection to the 20/11 session.

Mr Jac, you're after Lucy in alphabetical order to suggest titles - you may want to cook up a list just in case Lucy can't make it - just a thought. Again no rush as this is for next year anyway.

Looking forward to seeing you all on Tuesday 20th November!

Enjoy the read.
Wednesday 17 October 2018 5.28pm
Looking forward to the read and the discussion!

We're always very happy to welcome new members so do come along if you've been thinking of joining a book club, have just moved to live or work in the area or are just curious.

Hoping to see you there on Tuesday 20th November.
Thursday 18 October 2018 8.58am
Hi there - can you add me to your mailing list? Avid reader at Elephant interested in all things discussion! Thanks!
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