17 January 2012

Happy 2012!

Happy 2012 everybody! I hope your year started off well! What is this, our fifth year?! Wow!

Also - a very special welcome to our new Book Group Baby born December 2011. Yay!

Our current book is 'The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society' by Mary Ann Shaffer.

The book has it's own website that has a whole load of interesting things on it about the island of Guernsey and has this overview of the book:

January 1946: writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a stranger, a founding member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. And so begins a remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the German occupation, and of a society as extraordinary as its name.

I read this book in two days while camping over the New Year holidays. And, I loved it. Look forward to talking about it with everyone!

18 October 2011

Norwegian Wood by Murakami

Our next book, the last before Christmas I think too. Hasn't the year flown!? How many books did we read this year? Six or seven? I think we've had a pretty good selection this year as well, quite varied. I'm looking forward to catching up with you all soon!

25 August 2011

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

An Alison Post I found in drafts...

What starts out as an attempt to satirise modern British politics, in the tradition of Yes, Minister etc, ends up having a reasonably profound thing or two to say about 'Eastern' and 'Western' cultures and the clash between them. Various narrative devices - e-mails, diary extracts, interview transcripts - are used to follow what almost all concerned know to be a doomed project to enable salmon fly-fishing in the Yemeni desert.

Author Paul Torday tries to make some of his characters unlikeable, but doesn't really succeed. The romantic interest seems superfluous and the supposedly dramatic ending comes across as contrived and even slightly absurd.

24 August 2011

We have just finished reading...

OK, so we have just finished and had our lovely catch up about Stella Gibbon's Cold Comfort Farm. I think we all agreed it was a great read. Personally, I found it interesting how much I had not noticed the futuristic references, the video phone, the war in '46 when the book was published in '32 (I got this second reference from the internet) Another someone's view of the book I found interesting to read (and the source of the image) was this one.

Our next book is Wilkie Collins' The Woman in White. The below image is the cover I have, which I think I lent to my mother recently, so I'll be fetching that tonight.. 

From Wikipedia:
The Woman in White is an epistolary novel written by Wilkie Collins in 1859, serialized in 1859–1860, and first published in book form in 1860. It is considered to be among the first mystery novels and is widely regarded as one of the first (and finest) in the genre of 'sensation novels'.

The story is considered an early example of detective fiction with the hero, Walter Hartright, employing many of the sleuthing techniques of later private detectives. The use of multiple narratives draws on Collins's legal training...

03 May 2011

Tha Lacuna

So I have been shamefully lax in updating this blog - how many books have I missed? Sorry everyone! The next book is 'The Lacuna' - it sounds quite interesting although I hear it's quite thick! Look forward to seeing you all soon!

25 March 2011


Onto the next fabulous book... Looking forward to discussing, ladies!

02 February 2011

Got the Blues...

The first book for 2011 is Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood. Inspired by the First Tuesday Book Club interview with the author about her new title 'Dead Man's Chest.' Nice and short, full of pizazz and references to lacy underwear, Cocaine Blues is a fun and easy read (in my opinion) and a good start to a popular series.

I'm looking forward to chatting about it very soon!

PS. has anyone gone out and bought the next one? I'm very tempted, but maybe I should utilise the local library collection..?