It was another large group to talk about Pride and Prejudice. A lot of people had read it before, or at least seen Mr Darcy get out of a lake, and we had an enjoyable chat about the plot twists, insufferable characters and great writing.
Lots of people = lots of pitches, but the winner was Maus by Art Spiegelman. It’s recent appearance in the news means some places have run out, but hopefully you’ll be able to manage to get hold of a copy in time, plus it should be available in decent libraries too.
Other books pitched were:
Regeneration – Pat Barker
Nicholas Nickleby – Charles Dickens
Swing Time – Zadie Smith
One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Lonely Londoners – Sam Selvon
Educated – Tara Westover
The Body Keeps the Score – Bessel van der Kalk
The Elephants Journey – Jose Saramago
They – Kay Dick
We’ll be meeting back at Effra Social from 7.30 on March 10th. (We usually start book talk from 8ish)
Has anyone got any tips for where / how to buy Maus? I ordered it at my local bookshop a couple of weeks ago, but they still haven’t got it, and every online seller seems to be out of stock. Any suggestions? Thanks
Hey Tom, yes it’s been a victim of its own publicity – apparently out of stock at the publishers and currently reprinting! I was in the big Waterstones in Piccadilly last week and they had a pile of copies in stock, and I know someone else ordered it from Foyles. I’ve borrowed a copy from a friend while I wait for my ordered one to turn up at Bookseller Crow.
The other thing you could try is emailing to the group from the Women’s Prize discussion and see if anyone has finished theirs and might be able to lend it you in time?