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January Double Header

So I wasn’t actually there, but apparently it was a big noisy meeting to talk about Quiet, and thanks Maddy for taking notes.

So our first meeting of 2017 and it’s a DOUBLE HEADER. I’m not sure how this works, you’ve got 2 months, I guess read either or read both and we’ll figure it out on the night. It’ll be at Effra Social on Jan 12th.

book doodle

The 2 winners are:

Swing Time by Zadie Smith
Chernobyl Prayer by Svetlana Alexievich

Other suggestions were:
Nutshell by Ian McEwan
Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
How to Live by Sarah Bakewell
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
If Nobody Speak of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor

See you then, or for the December Christmas party – see separate event for the details of that.


Brixton Book Group Christmas Party

Christmas is coming, and that can only mean one thing*, it’s time for Brixton Book Group to have a drink, eat a curry, have a book secret santa, and vote for the best book we read in 2016.**

Our Christmas party will be on Wed Dec 14th. We’ll meet at our usual haunt, Effra Social, then head over the road to Khans for a curry at approximately 8.30. Khan’s is BYO, and has an off licence next door. Everyone is welcome, please try to RSVP if you’re coming so I can give approximate numbers to Khans.

There won’t be any book to discuss before this meeting, though there may be final arguments about who will win the coveted title of best book we’ve read in 2016 (do we normally set up a list or poll for this or something?? Pete??)

There will also be a book Secret Santa – if you want to take part bring along a wrapped up book. It can be old or new, big or small. Anyone putting a book in Santa’s sack also gets to take one out. Guaranteed significantly better than the Secret Santa you have to do at work.

Our next normal book group meeting will be in January, I’ll set up that event separately.

*Obviously it means more than one thing, but I’m trying to focus
** In fact that’s 4 things straight away


Edith’s Diary

It was a nice change to meet at Veg Bar, though a little more difficult to have a discussion as it was a bit noisier. Welcome to all the new faces, hope to see you again.¬†We’ll be back in the Churchill Room at Effra Social for the next meeting.

We had a wide-ranging talk about Orlando, covering gender, class, time, literature and some other things too.

After a very close vote our book for next time is Edith’s Diary by Patricia Highsmith, and we’re meeting on 12th May from about 7.30.

Other books pitched were:
Half of a Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie
Wake – Anna Hope
Spill Simmer Falter Wither – Sara Baume
H is for Hawk – Helen McDonald


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