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June Meetup [Family & Self]: William Boyd: Any Human Heart (2002)

It was close but the winner of June's poll is... William Boyds: 'Any Human Heart' (2002)


Suggested by Rachel Griffiths :) Here's Rachel's nomination from the June discussion:


"I've only heard ravings about this book so i'm taking that as a good sign. Oh and the Channel 4 adaptation was pretty good too.

Spanning some seven decades of the 20th century, these are the "intimate journals" of Logan Mountstuart, author, spy, art dealer and dedicated social animal. In the course of his life he meets famous writers - Woolf, Joyce, and Hemingway, among others - and cultivates celebrated artists (some real, some invented). He also manages to observe first-hand many of the tumultuous events of the century, from the Spanish civil war to the conflict in Biafra. The journal form allows the narrator to grow older. The novel is split into nine imaginary volumes, each with its different voice, from the affected drawl of the schoolboy to the wry misanthropy of old age."


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  • Tiranth

    I've not managed to finish the book unfortunately, so won't be coming tonight. Hope you guys have a great evening!

    June 11, 2013

  • Max

    Sorry guys. Have a family funeral on Wednesday so can't make it.

    June 10, 2013

  • Terri

    I have bronchitis and still am not feeling well. Nobody will want me coughing the whole meeting.

    June 10, 2013

  • Joe

    I'm sorry to miss another one! The single meetup I've made thus far was fun and stimulating - really hoping I'll make next month.

    June 6, 2013

  • Lorraine

    Sorry y'all - I can't come but read the book and really enjoyed it. Will be interested to hear any feedback - see you all in July - have fun

    June 5, 2013

  • Richard I.

    Sorry folks, I have to drop out again - have fun, see you at the next one.

    June 4, 2013

  • angela

    Double booked :)

    June 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was so looking forward to my first book club meeting as I'm new to london. But I now have to work away that week so I won't be able to make it.
    July meeting though here I come!
    Ali :)

    1 · May 26, 2013

  • Victoria

    Just finished reading it. Can't wait to discuss it!

    May 26, 2013

  • Ashley

    am on holiday

    May 19, 2013

  • karen a.

    Hi - am new to book club but looking forward to coming along to first one on June 11th.

    May 18, 2013

  • Rachel G.

    Hurrah, I win again!

    1 · January 22, 2013

    • Rachel G.

      Yes I meant to choose this. I nominated it, forgot I had and then nominated White Teeth too. I actually sat at the last book club trying to remember who had nominated Any Human Heart whilst approving of whoever it was and hoping it would win. It's stuff like this why I will never be running the country.

      January 22, 2013

    • Rachel G.

      Oh and just to further compound the point, it was On Beauty that I nominated not White Teeth.

      January 22, 2013

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