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Friday 17 December 2010 4.58pm
No meeting in January - we are next meeting on Wednesday 2 February to discuss William Boyd's "Ordinary Thunderstorms".
Monday 20 December 2010 6.04pm
Just wanted to add that new members are always welcome. We meet the first wednesday of the month at the Britannia pub in Kipling street from 7.30pm. Ask at the bar if you can not find us

We take it in turns to nominate 3 books which we then vote on which of the three we want to read. as you will see from the list below it is quite a varied choice.

(Thought it might useful to have this list of books read, at the start of this thread rather than the end of last so its easily found.)

Books read 2004 -2010

Star of the Sea - Joseph OConnor
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-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
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
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
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
Friday 24 December 2010 5.05am
Adored Ordinary Thunderstorms and will be there for Feb meeting, love to all from Sidney!
Monday 10 January 2011 3.44pm

I'm thinking of joining the bookclub in Feb, so about to start reading Ordinary Thunderstorm.

Looking forward to meeting you soon.

Tuesday 11 January 2011 2.45pm
Hello mh8, we look forward to meeting you on Wed 2 February 7.30pm onwards in the Britannia pub on Kipling Street. If you ask the bar staff, they know who the SE1'ers are.
Friday 14 January 2011 7.31pm

I am really keen to join your book club and will be there on the 2nd.

Looking forward to meeting everyone.
Friday 14 January 2011 7.37pm
Hi I'd like to sign up so will get started on Boyd tomorrow morning.

See you all on the 2nd of February
Friday 14 January 2011 10.25pm
Fantastic! All comers welcome to the book club. The food & social banter are pretty good at the Britannia.
Thursday 20 January 2011 1.59pm
We're still only on page 1? That's shocking!

One other item to bring forward from last year's thread: the book for March is 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' by Mohsin Hamid, chosen from Tattie's three suggestions by the brave few who ventured through the snow to the December meeting.

Here's the blurb:

The Reluctant Fundamentalist - Mohsin Hamid
The comment from Philip Pullman says it all: "I read Mohsin Hamid's The Reluctant Fundamentalist with increasing admiration. It is beautifully written - what a joy it is to find such intelligent prose, such clarity of thought and exposition - and superbly constructed. The author has managed to tighten the screw of suspense almost without our being aware it is happening, and the result is a tale of enormous tension. I read a lot of thrillers - or rather I start reading a lot of thrillers, and put most of them down - but this is more exciting than any thriller I've read for a long time, as well as being a subtle and elegant analysis of the state of our world today. I was enormously impressed"

See you all on 2 Feb,

Monday 24 January 2011 4.14pm

I would be interested in joining the book club. I wouldn't be able to make the February meeting - would it be possible to join in March?

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