Thanks to everyone who voted. Our June book will be "The Winter Palace" by Eva Stachniak. Hope to see you there.
PLEASE TRY AND REMEMBER TO SELECT A SHORT PASSAGE FROM THE BOOK AS YOU'RE READING IT.
It can be something you either enjoyed or thought was badly written. We're going to try to see how the discussion goes if we make it a little bit more text-based. So, everyone will read out their chosen passage (it need only be a few sentences or short paragraph) and say why they chose it and we'll then discuss it.
Don't worry if you forget. You can still join in the discussion!
The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak
When Vavara, a young Polish orphan, arrives at the glittering, dangerous court of the Empress Elizabeth in St Petersburg, she is schooled in skills ranging from lock-picking to love-making, learning above all else to stay silent - and listen.
Then Sophie, a vulnerable young princess, arrives from Prussia as a prospective bride for the Empress's heir. Set to spy on her, Vavara soon becomes her friend and confidante, and helps her navigate the illicit liaisons and the treacherous shifting allegiances of the court. But Sophie's destiny is to become the notorious Catherine the Great. Are her ambitions more lofty and far-reaching than anyone suspected, and will she stop at nothing to achieve absolute power?