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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.



For Two Thousand Years

Last night’s meeting was as packed as the lightbulbs in Omusa. We chatted about creeping gentrification, parks as pretty as tennis courts and how much 1 million won in loose change is worth.

we read One Hundred Shadows

I even got quizzed on my caligraphy

Book for next time is For Two Thousand Years by Mihail Sebastian.

Runners up included Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas, All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore, As I lay Dying by William Faulkner, Trainspotting by Irevine Welsh, The Argonaughts by Maggie Nelson and Just Kids by Patti Smith.

The voting was quite close this time, so if your book didn’t get picked you can always pitch, pitch and pitch again.

Next meeting is Thursday 23rd of Feb in the Effra Social from 7.30pm.


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