One Hundred Shadows

Happy new year! we had a packed book group where we chatted about nuclear winters, swingtime, gieger counters and memories. I think we managed to outnumber more or less everyone else in the Effra Social. We also recorded at least part of the meeting for the upcoming Brixton Book Group podcast (watch this space).

Swing Time in Chernobyl

I only managed a one page doodle this time..

The book for next time is One Hundred Shadows by Hwang Jungeun which is available from Hive or direct from the publisher Tilted Axis Press.

Runners up included: The Optician of Lampedusa by Emma Jane Kirby, Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks,  The Handmaid’s Tale by (friend of Brixton Book Group) Margaret Atwood, The Unwinding by George Packer, The Tennant of Wildfell Hall – Anne Bronté, Little Deaths by Anne Flint, The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage and So Long See You Tomorrow by William Maxwell.

Meeting date is the 2nd of February in the Effra Social from 7ish.

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Happy New Year

Here’s to 2017! and since January is a busy time for the book group here’s a quick recap on how to join Brixton Book Group.

I only got as far as one resolution

  • There’s no fee to join, or any criteria we just love books!
  • We meet approximately every three weeks in the Effra Social from 7.30ish usually in the Churchill room in the font – just look for the people with the books
  • Everyone is welcome
  • Please read the book and come with a suggestion for something to read next time
  • Everyone can pitch a book to read and we choose what we’re reading with a vote on the doodle.
  • For updates subscribe to our emails follow us on twitter, instagram or our facebook page.

Details of our first meeting of 2017 are available here.

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Announcing the 2016 Brixton Book Group Award Winning Golden Medal Book Group Prize Award for the Best Book We’ve Read in 2016

It’s with great honour I can announce the long list for the 2016 Brixton Book Group Award Winning Golden Medal Book Group Prize Award for the Best Book We’ve Read in 2016.

2016 Brixton Book Group Award Winning Golden Medal Book Group Prize Award for the Best Book We've Read in 2016

I’m not writing the title of this yet again

The winning author* of this prestigious award will be presented with the 2016 Brixton Book Group Award Winning Golden Medal in a ceremony due to take place in early 2017.

2016 represents an interesting year of reading for the Brixton Book Group, with 58% of the authors read being female and half of the authors being dead.

Since Brixton Book Group is run along democratic** principals, we’d like to invite our esteemed members to vote in the following poll to choose the shortlist for the 2016 Brixton Book Group Award Winning Golden Medal Book Group Prize Award for the Best Book We’ve Read in 2016, which will be discussed in detail during our curry night in December.

Please vote for the 2016 Brixton Book Group Award Winning Golden Medal Book Group Prize Award for the Best Book We've Read in 2016

  • Nothing to Envy: Real Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick (54%, 13 Votes)
  • His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman (17%, 4 Votes)
  • Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys (17%, 4 Votes)
  • Orlando by Virginia Woolf (13%, 3 Votes)
  • Bone Clocks by David Mitchell (13%, 3 Votes)
  • High Rise by JG Ballard (13%, 3 Votes)
  • Edith's Diary by Patricia Highsmith (8%, 2 Votes)
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (8%, 2 Votes)
  • The Third Policeman by Flann O’Brien (8%, 2 Votes)
  • I Love DICK by Chris Kraus (4%, 1 Votes)
  • The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (4%, 1 Votes)
  • Quiet by Susan Cain (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 24

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If you have a compelling reason for why you’re preferred book should win, please leave it in the comments below. If you’re reading this on email you may need to click through to the site to vote. The poll will close on the 14th of December at 7.17pm so vote before then!

*probably.
**in 2016 democracy has been a bit overrated, so the curry night will determine the winner.

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