Let's discuss "Half the human race" by Anthony Quinn

Summer of 1911. English society is on the brink of change. The streets of London ring with cheers for a new king's coronation and the cries of increasingly violent suffragette protests. Connie Callaway, fired up by the possibilities of independence, wants more than the conventional comforts of marriage. Spirited and courageous, she is determined to fight for 'the greatest cause the world has ever known'. Will Maitland, the rising star of county cricket, is a man of traditional opinions. He is both intrigued and appalled by Connie's outspokenness and her quest for self-fulfilment. Their lives become inextricably entangled just as the outbreak of war drives them further apart. Buffeted and spun by choice and chance, Connie and Will struggle against the aftershocks of war and the changes it wreaks. This is a deeply affecting story of love against all the odds.

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  • Susanne

    The characters of the book were felt to balance each other out. Connie and Will were seen as an obvious pairing all the way through the book.
    Connie was a very strong woman and Will needed a strong woman at his side. The group agreed that they settled for each other.

    The book was rated 3 out of 5 (5=best) with complements to the author as it was written by a man. Thanks again to Wendy for moderating this book discussion, you did a fantastic job!

    March 4, 2014

  • Susanne

    Dear all, I am sorry for the long wait. Please find the summary of the discussion below. All the best wishes
    Susanne

    It was a very interesting book club talking and discussing the suffragette movement and how much it is still applicable in our society.
    Some felt that our society is more tolerant of particular things because people have less time on their hand. However, some may say that this is class dependent. There was so much effort made by all these women before the war with great success but many efforts were changed again because of the war, which was a pity. In comparison to today, the media have taken away the physical resistance and there is so much information sharing that everything becomes a bit less of a mystery.

    March 4, 2014

  • Camelia

    Thank you all for being so welcoming. I had a lovely time. See you all next month! :)

    2 · January 17, 2014

    • sarah s.

      Nice to meet you camelia. See u next month

      January 17, 2014

  • Jill M.

    sorry, I thought we were meeting on 9th - but I was ill then. Can't make tonight. Hope you have a good evening and catch up with you next time.

    January 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately, I'm not back in the UK until mid-January - I look forward to meeting everyone then!

    1 · November 30, 2013

    • sarah s.

      Yes hope to see u next time hopefully Jessica

      January 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I won't be able to make the meeting this month as I am being taken on holiday for my birthday this week.

    1 · January 11, 2014

    • sarah s.

      Enjoy your birthday & holiday Becca. See u next time hopefully

      1 · January 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi still have not finished the book. I will be standing in the corner this time x x

    1 · January 11, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I haven't finished either! but looking forward to meeting everyone! x

      1 · January 12, 2014

    • Camelia

      I haven't finished either but looking forward to meeting everyone!

      1 · January 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Why is there no meet up in December?

    November 19, 2013

    • sarah s.

      Hi Pembe we meet every 6 weeks which would take us to mid Dec, which is inevitably very busy time for people at work & at home. The restaurant is also v busy with festive functions. The group that met on 7 th agreed it was best to meet again in Jan when things have calmed down. Hope this makes sense. Hope to see you in Jan. Best wishes sarah

      1 · November 19, 2013

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