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Wednesday 18 January 2017 5.58pm
Now in our 12th year, We are an informal and hopefully friendly book club that doesn't take itself too seriously. Of mixed ages ,over the years people have come and gone but 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 meeting of 2017 should have been last Monday. However it rather crept up on most of us and tooks us by surprise, so we will be meeting next Monday 23rd Jan instead, from 7.30pm in the Kings Arm 65 Newcomen street.

The book we will be discussing is White Tiger by Aravind Adiga (2008).

The book for Feb will be The World According to Garp - John irving

We take it in turn to shortlist 3 books and we choose which of those 3 books to read on the night. - Nat London to short list the books for March. All books should be readily available for under £5

Here's an updated list of the books we have read so far
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 Carrι.
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 23 January 2017 10.25pm
Jac, I missed this evening's meeting but I assume that the book club's next meeting will be on Monday Feb 20th at the Kings Arms on Newcomen St? Regards, Stuart
Monday 30 January 2017 9.30pm
This months shorlisted books for discussion in March are:

The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
Don't Look Now Daphne du Maurier
Sanshiro Natsume Soseki

so it's a choice between London, Venice, or Tokyo and the people that live in them

Vote by Friday, 5pm Please


The Secret Agent
by Joseph Conrad
Mr Verloc, the secret agent, keeps a shop in London's Soho where he lives with his wife Winnie, her infirm mother, and her idiot brother, Stevie. When Verloc is reluctantly involved in an anarchist plot to blow up the Greenwich Observatory things go disastrously wrong, and what appears to be "a simple tale" proves to involve politicians, policemen, foreign diplomats and London's fashionable society in the darkest and most surprising interrelations.
Based on the text which Conrad's first English readers enjoyed, this new edition includes a full and up-to-date bibliography, a comprehensive chronology and a critical introduction which describes Conrad's great London novel as the realization of a "monstrous town," a place of idiocy, madness, criminality, and butchery. It also discusses contemporary anarchist activity in the UK, imperialism, and Conrad's narrative techniques

Don't Look Now and Other Stories
by Daphne du Maurier
"Daphne du Maurier is in a class by herself." --New York Times

A married couple on holiday in Venice are caught up in a sinister series of events. A lonely schoolmaster is impelled to investigate a mysterious American couple. A young woman loses her cool when she confronts her father's old friend on a lonely island. A party of British pilgrims meet strange phenomena and possible disaster in the Holy Land. A scientist abandons his scruples while trying to tap the energy of the dying mind.

Collecting five stories of mystery and slow, creeping horror, Daphne Du Maurier's Don't Look Now and Other Stories showcases her unique blend of sympathy and spinetingling suspense

by Natsume Sōseki, Jay Rubin (Translator)
3.82 · Rating Details · 1,621 Ratings · 117 Reviews
One of Soseki's most beloved works of fiction, the novel depicts the 23-year-old Sanshiro leaving the sleepy countryside for the first time in his life to experience the constantly moving 'real world' of Tokyo, its women and university. In the subtle tension between our appreciation of Soseki's lively humour and our awareness of Sanshiro's doomed innocence, the novel comes to life. Sanshiro is also penetrating social and cultural commentary
Tuesday 31 January 2017 2.34pm
Due to short notice we didn't vote on our next book at our last meeting (as is the norm) so can we all please vote on line by Friday. My vote goes to Dont look Now.

We take it in turns to short list books. The following people will be shortlisting books over the next few months. If you are new we will slot you in at the end before starting again

Mr Jac - jan (for March)
Nat London - feb (for April)
Nicola - March (for May)
Tattie - April (for June)
Una - may (for July)
Wendy - June ( for August)

Next book club is 20th February from 7.30pm at The Kings Arms Newcomen Street. We will be discussing The World According to Garp.

Stuart & Sooze we look forward to meeting you. Ask at the bar if you don't spot us and feel free to vote here on the next book.

Anyone else who wants to join us will be welcome.
Tuesday 31 January 2017 5.17pm
My vote also goes to dmy my look now.
Wednesday 1 February 2017 8.24am
Hi all, Don't look now for me too.
Friday 3 February 2017 7.38am
Yes, I'd like to read 'Don't Look Now'.
Friday 3 February 2017 6.03pm
Also vote for don't look now!
Monday 20 February 2017 6.16pm
Jac, Sorry, can't make it tonight but will definitely try to get to the March session. Please let me know which title you selected. Stuart.
Monday 20 February 2017 9.14pm
News flash.
We all liked garp!!!!
Next book club 20th march kings arms 7.30 pm
Book for discussion Don't look now and other stories. Daphne du maurier

Nicola to short list next books.

Book for April is operation Shylock - a confession by Philip Roth.

Nice to have met New member Sue. Hope to see you next month. Stuart look forward to meeting you next month.
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