Book Club

The book club in Rosemarie's Garden

Thank you to all who came to my house on 20 September to discuss The Underground Railroad and The Gustav Sonata.  We had a wide-ranging discussion about both books but particularly about The Underground Railroad and what it said about slavery in general, the different attitudes to it in different parts of the US and the national guilt surrounding the subject.  We also moved onto a discussion of modern day slavery - it is thought there are currently up to 40 million people worldwide held as slaves - a truly shocking statistic.

Henry has sent me the link to the article he mentioned from the New Yorker about The Underground Railroad - the book and the actual escape routes.  Really interesting reading. 

After many false starts we have decided to meet next on Thursday 2nd November at Sarah Mitchell's house - 10 Narbonne Avenue.  We will be discussing The House by the Lake by Thomas Harding - the history of a house near Berlin through WWII which I understand tells the story of Germany through that period.

I am sure I will see most of you before then but happy reading in the meantime.

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Read Elliott Henderson's review of John Taylor's Departing Vienna here.

John appeared as a participating author at Omnibus, Clapham's Literary Festival in May 2016.

Books can be ordered for delivery to Clapham Books or at other retailers in the webstore.

Previously we met on:

-20 Sep - The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead and The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain

-6 Jul - Days Without End by Sebastian Barry

- 6 June - My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

- 2 May  - The Volcano Lover by Susan Sontag

- 14 March - This must be the place by Maggie O'Farrell

- 24 January - His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet 

- 12 December - Do No Harm by Henry Marsh

- 7 November - Birds Without Wings - Louis Bernieres

- 5 October - Elizabeth is Missing - Emma Healey

- 12 September -  Mr Weston's Good Wine by T F Powys and Villa Triste by Patrick Modiano.

- 28 June - Any Human Heart by William Boyd

-18 May - Lila by Marilynne Robinson and The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway 

- 6 Apr - A Man called Ove by Fredrik Backman

-24 Feb - The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler

-13 Jan - Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote

-1 Dec -  A Place called Winter by Patrick Gale

- 3 Nov - For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

- 15 Sep - The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti, Tender is the Night by F Scott Fitzgerald, Funny Girl by Nick Hornby

- 8 July - Departing Vienna by John Taylor

- 20 May -  Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Wolf and The House by Michael Cunningham

- 13 April - Address Unknown by Katharine Kressman Taylor and The World in the Evening by Christopher Isherwood

- 25 February - How to be Both by Ali Smith

- 14 January - One Night in Winter by Simon Sebag Montefiore and Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O'Farrell

- 25th November - A Delicate Truth by John Le Carré

- 15th October - The Strangler Vine by M J Carter

- 10th September - Lady Worsley's Whim and Americanah

- 31st March - On the Road by Jack Kerouac

-24th February - A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

- 7th January - Stoner by John Williams

20th November - Mr Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

15th October - A Possible Life by Sebastian Faulkes

9th September - The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce and The Red House by Mark Haddon.

22nd May - read our review of The Sheltering Sky here
- 8th April - read our reviews of Capital & Toby's Room here
- 26th February and you can read our reviews of Dorian Gray & Dead Souls here.
- 9th January and you can read our review of State of Wonder here.
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18 May 2014, 00:30