Book Club 2
Our group contact is Diane Fenton. Please click the bluebird to email her.
Hi Book Club 2
We meet 14.00-16.00 Meopham Library on the 4th Thursday of each month. Which is subject to change, check with Diane.
Covid 19 update.
Dear all, just Di, Gillian and Nick,
Touching base in Lockdown. We are currently zooming every month with nearly all of us able to Zoom and those who are not, keeping in contact with fellow members through e mail.
We send out little snippets like book recommendations, information about book programmes, readings and discussions on tv and radio and excellent links like The Hay Festival website, with a few amusing anecdotes along the way.
“It is with the reading of books the same as with looking at pictures; one must without doubt, without hesitations, with assurance, admire what is beautiful.” Van Gogh"
Good apps to try are Litsy, Serial Box, Goodreads, Shelfie and many more.
If you have a problem getting a book The Library Service can help or we can!
Gillian Noakes wrote up the notes of the previous meeting on the 4th Thursday in July, reminding everyone we are reading The Mirror and The Candle by Hilary Mantel over two months. It was also agreed to discuss some of the book and follow up with a Literary Quiz, which Nick Noakes will organise , as well as running the whole Zoom meeting and setting it up!
Nearly everyone in Book Group 2 has renewed and we are heavily into The Mirror and The Candle by Hilary Mantel. As always discussions are lively and occasionally quite deep. Everyone is looking forward to the quiz and there may be some discussion about our next six books, although we still have to read Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell.
Anne Fisher has suggested the following 6 books:
The Plot Against America-Philip Roth
The Great Gatsby-Scott Fitzgerald
Reading Lolita in Tehran-Azar Nafisi
America -Chimamande Ngozi
The Underground Railway-Colson Whitehead
The House of Mirth-Edith Wharton
Di Fenton is heavily into a free story writing course with The Open University and finding out about authors such as Alex Garland who wrote The Beach, son of a famous cartoonist Nicholas Garland.
Michele Roberts-Daughters of The House-Booker shortlisted
Abdul Razak Gurnar-Paradise
Monique Raffey whose books are claimed to put the red in 50 Shades of Grey!
Louis de Berniere-Captain Corelli's Mandolin
Other people have suggested other books so I think the titles will end up in a hat and the first six out will win!
Hopefully evryone is listening to Radio like With Great Pleasure Frank Cotterell Boyce and watching TV programmes about books.
Enjoy your reading!
All the best from us for now.
Di, Gillian and Nick.
Our provisional list for the next six months:
Mrs Fittins Country Life Maeve Cheak
A Man Called Ove Fredrik Backman
Stoner John Williams
The Mirror and The Light Hilary Mantel
Cloud Atlas David Mitchell- have put this one last as I know it is a flit here,flit there book, which has often arisen as a frustration in our talks.
This list is subject to availability,
"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside a dog its too dark to read." Groucho Marks
Our activities so far (Click a title to see our revue):
24.01.19: BC2: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson, which won The Costa Prize amongst others.
28.02.19: BC2: The Miniaturist by Jesse Burton , which won The Waterstones Book of the Year Award.
28.03.19: No1 Ladies Detective Agency Alexander McCall Smith
25.04.19: Dead Simple Peter James
23.05.19: BC2: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion.
27.06.19: British Library Trip.
25.07.19: The Storyteller by Jodie Picoult.
22.08.19: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Gail Honeyman
26.09.19: Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
24.10.19: The Bees Laline Paull
28.11.19: Toast The Story of a Boy's Hunger Nigel Slater (Please be aware the books could change, depending on the groups discussions, we all keep finding amazing books to read!)
27.09.18: BC2: The Shadow of the Wind by C.R. Zafon
25.10.18: BC2: Members Choices
02.11.18: BC2: Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller, which won the 2015 Desmond Elliott Prize.