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August book: The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman

This is a short book to get us started - under 200 pages, so no excues!  It's available in hard and paperback from Amazon and is also on Kindle and Kobo.


Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn't thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she'd claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.

A groundbreaking work from a master, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out. It is a stirring, terrifying, and elegiac fable as delicate as a butterfly's wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark.(less)

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Has anybody read Under the Skin
    by Michel Faber? Is it any good.

    August 19, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Cool no worries. X

      August 20, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Started it this morning and I think the director really nailed the tone from the start. Interested to see how you think it compares.

      August 29, 2014

  • Rowan

    Five stars to the people and meeting. 2 stars to the book. Look forward to next time.

    1 · August 29, 2014

  • Lisa (.

    It was a really great meeting - although the book had a fairly lame response scoring only 5.2 out of 10.

    August 29, 2014

  • Lisa (.

    an excellent first meeting - very pleased to meet you all!

    August 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great to meet everyone tonight- such a lovely group of people! :)

    August 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Was fun. Really nice diverse group. Looking forward to the next one.

    August 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry going to be a little late, have had loads of travel issues getting from work :(

    August 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Does the Cruising Association do food?

    August 28, 2014

    • Lisa (.

      It does. It's not great during the week because they are very quiet, so it tends to be frozen catering stuff. BUt it is edible. You can get a plate of dinner for about £10.

      August 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, has the meet up changed to 5pm or is it still 7-9?

    August 28, 2014

    • Lisa (.

      It is still 7pm. Not sure why you think 5pm - I can't see anythng squiffy on the meetup site - please let me know if something has gone wrong!

      August 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm having to drop out because I'll be out of town next Thursday. So irritating, I keep missing these meets!!

    August 19, 2014

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