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We had a good chat about Suite Francaise and the circumstances in which it was written and published. A great and poignant book, and a terrible shame it was never finished.

Thanks to Gemma Butchart for doing a doodle in Pete’s absence.

suite francaise doodle 001

The next book is Stoner by John Williams, and we’ve got the Churchill room booked at Effra Social again for April 10th from 7.30pm.

Runners up were:

A Naked Singularity – Sergio de la Pava
Madame Bovary – Flaubert
A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich – Alesandr Solzhenitsyn
The Picture of Dorian Grey – Oscar Wilde


Suite Francaise

Kafka on the Shore was kind of strange but definitely got a positive reaction from most people.

Pete didn’t manage to Skype in, but did send a pre-prepared doodle for us to use.

Kafka on the Shore

There were some good suggestions, but the winner was Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky, proving that repeated nominations can eventually work.

Other suggestions were:
The Shock of the Fall – Nathan Filer
Consolations of Philosophy/The Art of travel – Alain de Botton
The Magus – John Fowles
The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

We’ve booked the ‘Churchill Room’ at Effra Social again for the next meeting on March 20th.


Hello Kitty!

Our first meeting of 2014 was a packed affair – despite the best efforts of the Victoria Line to thwart our plans. I feel slightly bad for the two people who opted to have a quiet drink in the Winston Churchill room of the Effra Social.

Mostly everyone liked the Blind Assassin, including the science fiction bits. Tom’s going to write a review for the blog* so watch this space.

Book group voting doodle

buttons, buttons everywhere

The book for next time is Kafka On The Shore by Haruki Murakami

We’re meeting on Thursday the 20th of February in the front room of the Effra Social (we have a booking – sorry the 27th was taken, so I’ll Skype in)

Runners up included: Ghana Must Go, Disgrace, The Hearing Trumpet, A Tale For The Time Being, Suite Francais, The Art of Travel / Consolations of Philosophy, Stoner and the Buddha in the Attic.

*As you might have noticed we now have a shiny new website for 2014 – hopefully all the links and feeds should still work (sorry if you got a repeat message) – a few members have been asking if they can post reviews so please get in touch if you’re feeling creative.


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