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It’s feeling autumnal..

We had a packed meeting to discuss the Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead which despite not making the booker shortlist was a popular choice. Maybe not as quite as good as the Sellout?

Brixton book group voting sketchbook

Going Underground

Still, any excuse to draw a train.

Book for next time is Autumn by Ali Smith and we’re meeting on Thursday 12th October in the Effra Social.

Runners up included: Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood, Hopea Tragedy by Shalom Auslander, As I walked out one Midsummer Morning by Laurie Lee, Fen by Daisy Johnson, My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier, The Complete Short Stories (volume 1) by JG Ballard, Under the Net by Iris Murdoch, For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemmingway and What Happened by Hilary Rodham Clinton.

Pete did not pitch a Dan Brown novel.


The 2017 Long Read

Last year we picked Infinite Jest as our long read – as it’s taken an infinately long time for everyone to read it, most people haven’t finished it, but it remains the sort of book that you might want to persuade your significant other to read.

The 2017 Long Read

The 2017 Long Read

So we’ve learned our lesson, and the 2017 Long Read is House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski.

The read by date for this tome will be announced in due course – some time in the winter.




It’s how I like my donuts, and it’s also the name of the much trendier (and not rival- we don’t do rivalry*) Brixton book event – the Brixton Book Jam, who are returning for another event:

The next Brixton BookJam will be on Monday 5 June 2017 at their regular venue The Hootananny, Brixton.

Speakers include: Paul Bassett-Davies, Alex Wheatle, CN Lester, Toby Broom, James Nuttall, Leila Segal, Danny Scheinmann, Matthew Miles, Zelda Rhiando, Paula Lennon, Oliver Cable, Merlin Sinclair and Anne Cooper, and music from Robert ‘Hacker’ Jessett.

You can find out all about it on their website:

*as long as we don’t have to duke it out with the film group** again Anchorman style.

**we love the film group really

And finally:

Next meeting date clarification: the Power

I made a mistake on the date of the next meeting which the site merrily emailed to everyone before I could correct it. We’re meeting on the 14th of June on the Wednesday in the Effra Social from 7.33pm – as always everyone is welcome.



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