yep, i'm up for that too. I just looked up the Penny Rudge book and the write-up makes it sound pretty funny, (reminded me a bit of Marina Lewycka's style, and incidentally she has another PB out now - We are all made of glue)
I finally finished reading 'Handle with Care', so you can tell us what you thought Jackie ;)
I know that we've always said that you don't have to have read the book to turn up to book club, but I felt quite bad about stopping people from talking about it, just because I hadn't finished it.
So I'd like to suggest an informal 'guidline' that you don't have to have finished the book in question, but that we should be allowed to talk freely about the book regardless of who has or hasn't finished it.
This should mean that more people finish it, and that discussion is not stiffled due to people not wanting to know what happens after the point that they're at.
I'm probably the biggest offender at this, so hopefully it won't affect too many other people.
I have now confirmed with Penny Rudge and she will be attending our book club on 2nd June so "Foolish Lessons in Life and Love" will be the book for discussion on that day.
She proposes an informal approach with a short talk about herself and the book, followed by general discussion and any questions. So that should suit us well and should make for a good night.
Most of the new copies near the £5 mark on Amazon had gone by last night (I suspect to SE1ers quick off the mark) but there have now appeared a few used copies at around that price. Haven't been to any real shops to see how much they are there.