21st February – The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov
PLEASE NOTE – the February date has been pushed back by a week to avoid clashing with Valentines Day.
11th February – The City and the City – China Mieville
18th March – How to Paint a Dead Man – Sarah Hall
PLEASE NOTE – the March date has been pushed back by a week to avoid clashing with Mothers Day.
As I’ve been a bit out of things, I’m only just getting around to finding out what books are when. Please do let me know if I get the books in the wrong order, the dates muddled and so on!
Shall be aiming to catch up with emails and admin over the next fortnight – apologies if you’ve been waiting ages!!
- 8th – Horsforth – The Tale of the Duelling Neurosurgeons – Sam Kean
- 12th – White Swan – The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet – Becky Chambers
- 8th – Horsforth – God help the child – Toni Morrison
- 12th – White Swan – TBA
- 12th – Horsforth – TBA
- 9th – White Swan – TBA
- 22nd – LBC3 Reads – Whit by Iain Banks
THE TIN DRUM
On his third birthday Oskar decides to stop growing. Haunted by the deaths of his parents and wielding his tin drum Oskar recounts the events of his extraordinary life; from the long nightmare of the Nazi era to his anarchic adventures is post-war Germany
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Günter Grass, born in Danzig in 1927, is Germany’s most celebrated contemporary writer. He is a creative artist of remarkable versatility: novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, graphic artist. Grass was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1999.
Breon Mitchell’s translations include works by Franz Kafka, Heinrich Boll, and many others. He is the recipient of several awards for literary translation, he is Professor of Germanic Literature at Indiana University, and Director of the Lilly Library.
Our discussion today on The Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West has been postponed.
We will now be discussing this book on May the 16th from 11am – 12 noon.
The soldier returns from the front to the three women who love him. His wife, Kitty, with her cold, moonlight beauty and his devoted cousin Jenny wait in their exquisite home on the crest of the Harrow-weald. Margaret Allington, his first and long-forgotten love, is nearby in the dreary suburb of Wealdstone.
But the soldier is shell-shocked and can only remember the Margaret he loved fifteen years before, when he was a young man and she an inn-keeper’s daughter. His cousin he remembers only as a childhood playmate; his wife he remembers not at all.
The women have a choice – to leave him where he wishes to be, or to ‘cure’ him. It is Margaret who reveals a love so great that she can make the final sacrifice.
We will follow that chat with a discussion of Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin from 12 noon to 1pm the same day.
When David meets the sensual Giovanni in a bohemian bar, he is swept into a passionate love affair. But his girlfriend’s return to Paris destroys everything. Unable to admit to the truth, David pretends the liaison never happened – while Giovanni’s life descends into tragedy.
United by the theme of love, the writings in the Great Loves series span over two thousand years and vastly different worlds. Readers will be introduced to love’s endlessly fascinating possibilities and extremities: romantic love, platonic love, erotic love, gay love, virginal love, adulterous love, parental love, filial love, nostalgic love, unrequited love, illicit love, not to mention lost love, twisted and obsessional love.
We will also be picking 2 books (which will bring us to the end of the year) – so make sure you have suggestions in mind!!
Due to unforeseen circumstances, we didn’t end up discussing Carte Blanche by Jeffery Deaver at our most recent Medusa book club meet up.
So we have decided to push the books back by one month meaning that our schedule will be as follows:
- 13th May 2015 – Carte Blanche – Jeffrey Deaver
- 10th June 2015 – Looks who’s back – Timur Vermes
The Calendar and Book Clubs at a Glance pages will both be taken down for a few days.
We’re working on making it easier to see what’s on and where!
In the mean time, our first book club of the New Year will be:
Where: White Swan
When: 11th of January at 6:30pm
Discussing: The Vet’s Daughter by Barbara Comyns
It appears as though the venue for our Dystopian book club #LBCGiraffe has become unavailable.
Or possibly closed.
As a result, I’m postponing our next meeting – currently scheduled for the 1st of July for a few weeks.
As soon as we have a venue sorted, I’ll let you know here, on twitter and via facebook!