Wednesday, 23 August 2017

A Gentleman in Moscow - 12th of September

On the whole Slade House was admired. It wasn't seen as a great work but as diverting, spirted and spooky. It provoked a lot of debate.

Our next book is A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. "Abundant in humour, history and humanity" Sunday Telegraph

Meeting at The Rookery, Clapham at 7pm, upstairs.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Slade House - 15th of August

Lots of different opinions about Hot Milk. Some found themselves indifferent about the characters and the book unrealistic whereas others loved the style of writing and found it a gripping read. 

Our next book is Slade by David Mitchell. 
"Mitchell plays with interlocking stories and times as if fiction were a Rubik's cube." - Independent 

Other pitched books
The Song of Achilles, - M. Miller
Black Water - Louise Doughty
Where Rainbows End - Cecelia Ahern

Friday, 7 July 2017

Hot Milk - 17th July

Our last book, The Paper Conspiracy was rated meh, neither hated or loved. 

Our next book is Hot Milk, a short read as our next meeting is closer than usual.

"Hot Milk is a 2016 novel by Deborah Levy. It follows a mother and daughter who embark on a journey in search of a medical cure for the former’s paralysis in a Spanish village"

Other pitched books (all short books)
A Zoo in My Luggage - Gerald Durrell
I'm not Scared - Wiccolo Ammaniti
By Grand Central Station... - Elizabeth Smart
The Good Immigrant - Nikesh Shukla
Hot Milk - Deborah Levy
Pussy - Regena Thomashauer

Meeting at 7pm at the Rookery, upstairs room.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

A Conspiracy of Paper - 27th June

Our last book, Big Little Lies, was enjoyed despite the subject of a book. Lots of character analysis and comparisons of the tv series to the book. 

Our next book is A Conspiracy of Paper by David Liss
"Benjamin Weaver, a Jew and an ex-boxer, is an outsider in eighteenth-century London, tracking down debtors and felons for aristocratic clients. The son of a wealthy stock trader, he lives estranged from his family—until he is asked to investigate his father’s sudden death. Thus Weaver descends into the deceptive world of the English stock jobbers, gliding between coffee houses and gaming houses, drawing rooms and bordellos. The more Weaver uncovers, the darker the truth becomes, until he realizes that he is following too closely in his father’s footsteps—and they just might lead him to his own grave." - Goodreads

Other pitched books
This is a True Story - The Moth
The Existentialist Cafe - Bakewell
Bees - Laline Paull
The Mist - Stephen King
The Circle
When Breath Becomes Air
Essex Serpent
The North Water

Monday, 1 May 2017

Big Little Lies - 30th of May

The discussion for our last book, The Rivers of London, didn't last long, it had finished by the time I arrived! The majority liked the book however.

Our next book is Big Little Lies by Lianne Moriarty. 

Other pitched books
A Zoo In My Luggage - Gerald Durrell
No Belongs More Than You - Miranda July
Avenue of Mysteries - John Irving
When She Was Good - Phillip Roth
Their Finest - Lissa Evans

Meeting is at the same place as always, The Rookery by clapham common. Check our our facebook page for the most up to date information.

Monday, 6 March 2017

A Fine Balance - 5th of April

Our last book, Homegoing, was greatly enjoyed. It was filled with many rich characters that managed to suck you in in each chapter. 

Our next book is A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry. A bit of a longer read so get started early! 
"With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that recall the work of Charles Dickens, this magnificent novel captures all the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India." - Goodreads

Other pitched books:
The Circle - Dave Eggers
A Zoo In My Luggage - Gerald Durrell
American Gods - Neil Gaiman
Bastard out of Carolina - Dorothy Allison
The Seige - Helen Dunmore
All My Puny Sorrows - Miriam Toews

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Homegoing - 1st of March

For the last book the general consensus was that the book was well-liked and contained some beautiful writing, although it was a bit difficult to get into and the jumping around between dates, names and countries made it quite a tough proposition. 

The book chosen for our next meeting is 'Homegoing' by Yaa Gyasi.

Other pitched books:
My Brilliant Friend
The Journal of Dora Damage
Zeiton - Dave Eggis
Just Kids - Patti Smith
Aushuits and After