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Book Circle 4

Book Circle 4

'LOCKDOWN' UPDATE
We are currently holding our meetings via a Zoom video conference; anyone unable to join in can send their views by email to the rest of the Group. We intend to continue to hold our meetings using Zoom until we are able to meet again face-to-face.

Our next session will be on Tuesday 1st September starting at 10.30am when we will be discussing Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo (Jill's choice, Joint winner of the Booker Prize 2019).

Our current selection of books is from the category ‘Book Prize Winners’ - that is any books which have won one of the major prizes, including any worldwide or genre prizes. The remaining books chosen are:

  • Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke (Phil, Nebula and Hugo Awards 1973/4 in Science Fiction)
  • Augustus by John Williams (Christine, Shared US National Book Award for Fiction 1973)
  • Drive your Plow over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarcvzuk (Ingrid, Nobel Prize for Literature 2019 for her work)
  • The Road Home by Rose Tremain (Deirdre, Orange Prize 2008)
  • Milkman by Anna Burns (Mavis, Booker Prize 2018)
  • Lullaby by Leila Slimani (Jane, 2016 Prix Goncourt, 2017 Grand Prix des Lectrices de Elle)
  • The Emigrants by W. G. Sebald (Ursula, Berlin Literature Prize 1974, Literatur Nord Prize and Johannes Bobrowski Medal, was in line for Nobel Prize in Literature)

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This book circle has been meeting since Autumn 2016 and we currently have nine members, so there is possibly space for one more member.

We normally meet at The Kings Arms pub, 55 The Grove, London, W5 5DX, either in the bar or in the back room at the pub. Meetings start at 10.30 am on the first Tuesday of the month.

Originally, each member selected 2 books, and we finished reading the last of these in December 2017. Our selection of books to read in 2018 was those that had been written in a foreign language and translated into English. During 2019 we read books which were all written by Canadian authors, and in 2020 we read a selection of American novels published in the second half of the 20th Century.

A full list of all the books we have read as a group is shown below.

Convener: Ursula Hilton-Jones, tel - 020 8567 5993, or email through the blue bird, top right.

List of books read:
Book Prize Winners
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout, August 2020 (Maggie's choice, 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)

American novels from 1950 to 2000
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (July 2020)
Stoner by John Williams (June 2020)
Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck (May 2020)
Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin (April 2020)
The Ballad of the Sad Cafe by Carson McCullers (March 2020)
A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley (February 2020)
Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates (January 2020)
Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury (December 2019)
Contact by Carl Sagan (November 2019)
Different Seasons (collection of 4 short stories) by Stephen King (October 2019)
Beloved by Toni Morrison (September 2019)

Books written by Canadian authors
The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields (August 2019)
Player One by Douglas Coupland (July 2019)
Do not say we have nothing by Madeleine Thien (June 2019)
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood (May 2019)
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt (April 2019)
The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood (March 2019)
The Tin Flute by Gabrielle Roy (February 2019)
The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway (December 2018)

A selection of books written in a foreign language and translated into English
The Black Obelisk by Erich Maria Remarque (translated from German)
The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho (translated from Portuguese)
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera (translated from Czech)
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami (translated from Japanese)
Paula by Isabel Allende (translated from Spanish)
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbary (translated from French)
Death and the Penguin by Andrey Kurkov (translated from Russian)
Chronicles of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (translated from Spanish)
The Reader by Bernhard Schlink (translated from German)

Our original selection of books (2 per Group member)
A Place called Winter by Patrick Gale
The 100-year-old man who climbed out the window and disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
The Green Road by Anne Enright
Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner
Small Island by Andrea Levy
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
Where my Heart used to beat by Sebastian Faulks
Bad Blood by Lorna Sage
A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain
A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

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Crafts 1 Crafts 2 Current affairs Exercise
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Gardening 2 History 1 History 2 History 3
Italian Jazz & Blues Appreciation Literature London revisited
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Psychology Rambling 1 Rambling 2 Science
Spanish Conversation Table Tennis Theatre Outings World Religions
More Group Pages
Art and Design Art appreciation 1
Art Appreciation 2 Beer Investigation
Book circle 1 Book Circle 2
Book Circle 3 Book Circle 4
Book Circle 5 Bridge 1
Bridge 2 Chess
Crafts 1 Crafts 2
Current affairs Exercise
Family History Film
French conversation Gardening 1
Gardening 2 History 1
History 2 History 3
Italian Jazz & Blues Appreciation
Literature London revisited
Luncheon club - Sundays Luncheon club - Wednesdays
Meditation with music Music 1
Music 2 Philosophy
Photography Poetry
Psychology Rambling 1
Rambling 2 Science
Spanish Conversation Table Tennis
Theatre Outings World Religions