Strong and stable sellouts in their personal interest

Hello everyone,
we had a lively and packed discussion to talk about the impending doom of our one state country Essex Serpent where we talked about jolly penis metaphors, how old the tube is (although it was only called the tube after 1900 when the Central Line was opened and it was nicknamed the twopenny tube for it’s flat fare and cylindrical layout) and how nice it would be to go and visit Essex. Pete made a weird comment about the monster origins of Godzilla and plenty of beer was drunk.


Book for next time is The Sellout by Paul Beatty and we’re meeting on Wednesday* 24th of May in the Effra Social at 7.33pm

*note that as it’s a Wednesday we might have to meet in the main room so we don’t have a clash royale with the Knitting Group

Runners up included: Nora Webster, The Pursuit of Love, Use of Weapons, Kindred, The Penultimate Truth, When Breath Becomes Air, The Stranger in the Wood, The Invention of Nature & Norwegian Wood.

Don’t be disheartened you can always pitch again and again!

Plus at some point this summer we really need to talk about our long read: Infinite Jest.



Elections are rubbish

Sorry about the delay, blame Theresa May.

In the meantime, we had a great discussion about the Return (if anyone’s up for going to the National Gallery and looking at paintings we can create an event on the Facebook) reactions were mixed, but I loved it and I get to do the blog updates.

Brixton book group voting sketch

shooty guns and birds

Book for next time is The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry and we’re due to meet on the 4th of May in the Effra Social, from 7.30. Everyone is welcome.


Back to the start (repeat)

Hello Book Groupers,

after a long discussion about the merits of stories that begin and then

It was a dark and stormy night, the members of the book group were meeting in the moody depths of the Churchill room when the door flung open to reveal

You get the general idea. After we’d finished discussing the delightfully pretentious If on A Winter’s Night a Traveller the readers sat down and voted on what to choose next. You took out a pencil and pondered the choices on the voting doodle below:

Never ending stories

After giving a polite tick against the stories unlikely to win the vote, you decided upon The Return by Hisham Matar. Books you considered but decided to leave on the pile of things to read next included The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes, The Dollmaker by Harnette Simpson Arnow, Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham, The Little Red Chairs by Edna O’Brien, Birds Without Wings by Louis de Bernieres, Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner and The Power by Naomi Alderman.

The next meeting will be on the 13th of April 7.30pm in the Effra Social.



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