Thursday, 12 April 2018

Mythos - 8th May

Our last book, The Master and Margarita was enjoyed by lots of people despite how confusing it was. We had lots of discussion trying to figure out the story and the characters.

Our next book is Mythos by Stephan Fry.

Other pitched books:
The Travelling Cat Chronicles - Hiro Arikawa
The Good Immigrant
The Secret History - Donna Tartt
Lullaby - Leila Siliwani
Reservoir 13 - Jon Macgregor
The Savage Detectives 
Oluo Kettridge - Elizabeth Stout
Station II - Emily St...
The Sun is Also a Star - Nicola Yoon

We're branching out at another venue for our next meeting, we'll be meeting at the Avalon.

We will be back at the Rookery the month after.

Friday, 9 February 2018

The Mandibles - 5th March

Our last book, 'How to Stop Time', had a mix of opinions. Some loved it, some hated it and some people felt a mix. The story started of pretty enjoyable, but parts of the book were quite weak.

Our next book is The Manibles by Lionel Shriver "The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047” approaches the imminent collapse of American society from the right side of the political spectrum." - Washington Post.

Other pitched books:
Beowulf - Michael Morpurgo
A brief History of Seven Killings - Maclon James
The Woman in the Window - AJ Finn
The left Hand of Darkness - Losula K Le Guin
Mythos - Stephen Fry

We're going to be returning to our old venue, The Rookery, in Clapham
Meeting at 7pm

Saturday, 27 January 2018

How to Stop Time - 7th February

Our last meeting was interesting, we tried a new location but it was too noisy so our voting was done based only on a picture and a few words. General views on the book were it was an enjoyable read but too much time not spent on the trial.

Out next book is How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
"An author who blurs the lines between genres, blending fantasy, myth and science fiction to create some of the most inventive and enduringly popular contemporary fiction,"

Other pitched books:
Swing Time - Zadie Smith
Hidden Figures - Margot Lee Shetterly
Heartburn - Nora Ephron
The Bloody Chamber - Angela Carter
Brooklyn - Colm Toibin
The Rainbow - D.H. Lawrence

Our new venue is Minnow by Clapham Common tube station. We have a table booked there for 7pm and a 20% discount. 

Saturday, 11 November 2017

The Power - 4th December

The next book is The Power by Naomi Alderman "Excitement about Naomi Alderman’s dystopian novel “The Power” has been arcing across the Atlantic since it won the Baileys Prize for Women’s Fiction earlier this year in England. Now, finally, Americans can feel the jolt of this extraordinary book for themselves... “The Power” is one of those essential feminist works that terrifies and illuminates, enrages and encourages."

Other pitched books:
Mistletoe Bride and Other Haunting Tales - Kate Mosse
The Hate You Give - Angie Thomas
Before I Go to Sleep - SJ Watson
How I Paid for College - Marc Aato
Men Without Women - Haruki Murakami
The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy
Lincoln at the Bards - George Saunders

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.