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What would Shep do?

apologies for the delay – missed last meeting as i’d put my back out! – update from Simon (cheers) Pete

After a lively discussion of So Much For That, we now have the new mantra: what would Shep do?

The question of what we will do next is much easier to answer: we’ll be meeting on Thursday the 3rd of May in Mango Landin to air our thoughts on The Lacunaby Barbara Kingsolver.

The other nominations were: A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving On The Beach by Nevil Shute The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins The Constant Gardener by John le Carré

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paved with good intentions…

Hi everyone,
yet again Pete failed to turn up (some excuse about a leaving do) so now I’m writing about myself in the third person and posting Simon’s update from facebook:

It was another bumper meeting this week, with new faces outnumbering established members, so a big welcome to everyone who came along for the first time!

Despite picking holes in the plot and questioning the realism, everyone seemed to enjoy The Talented Mr. Ripley. However, after the discussion on split personalities and identity confusion I fear that some began to doubt my protestations that I’m not Pete Taylor, I haven’t been forging his blog entries, and that time I was caught trying on his clothes was nothing but a big misunderstanding…

We’ll next be meeting on the 23rd of February 7.30pm in Mango Landin, to discuss The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. Apparently this book has been chosen by the group before (back in 2010), but that’s no reason not to enjoy it again! The other nominations were:

  • The Hare With Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal (again!) 
  • The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz 
  • If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller by Italo Calvino
  •  The Easter Parade by Richard Yates 
  • The Gambler by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
On a final note I’ll add that as it’s near the beginning of the year I get lots of emails from new members – please just turn up (preferably with an idea about what to read next time) and look out for the people with the books, we’re a friendly bunch and there’s no rules about joining – there’s also the Clapham Book group   which is worth checking out too.
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The Poisonwood Bible

Another nice outdoor meet up last time, though only a few of us had managed to get hold of the Freak and the Idol. The book for next time is The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. We were going to meet on 5th August, but it turns out that Lis can’t make that day so it’s going to be the 29th July after all. We’ll be in Mango Landin from about 7.30, talking about the book from around 8.00.

The runners up were:
Andrea Dworkin – Pornography
Abraham Verghese – Cutting for Stone
Joseph Heller – Picture This
Aravind Adiga – White Tiger
Steve Toltz – A Fraction of a Whole

See you there!

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