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March Meetup: "The King's Diamond" by Will Whitaker


Thanks to everyone who voted. It was a close run between two books but our March choice is "The King's Diamond" by Will Whitaker.

Hope to see you there.


The King's Diamond by Will Whitaker (2011)
Pages: 368

A vivid, evocative, page-turning read that leaps off the page, with a dazzling evocation of the diamond and gem trade. The King's Diamond opens in 1527, as the chaos of war is spreading out across Europe. Charles V is extending his empire in a series of ruthless and aggressive moves. The Medici Pope has formed an alliance to drive Charles out of Italy for good. Only England holds aloof from the great struggle that is to come. The 36-year-old Henry VIII presides over an opulent and glamorous court, thinking only of the woman with whom he has fallen in love.
In the midst of this politically sensitive and dangerous world, steps Richard Dansey, a young and ambitious jewel merchant, determined to break his mother's stranglehold on the family firm after his father's early death. Richard's reckless pursuit of jewels worthy of Henry's wooing of Anne Boleyn, lead him across Europe to Venice and Rome. Obsessed with one diamond, but dangerously distracted by love, Richard finds himself thrust into the heart of the murderous politics of the Tudor court. The King's Diamond is a story of obsession and love, in a world of political conniving and treachery, that grips from the first page.

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  • Antoine V.

    A splendidly enjoyable meeting, enhanced rather than detracted by the need to improvise as regards seating - people are always best in an emergency, however minor! Thanks to Justin for his usual enthusiasm, his effort in bringing us togetehr and his valuable insights. These meetings are a pleasure.

    March 6, 2013

  • Jessie H.

    A more in depth discussion would have been appreciated.the company was fun.

    March 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    fun and good discussion. for once a book club that really gets into talking about the books!

    March 5, 2013

  • Catherine G.

    So sorry I wasn't able to make it today due to illness. Glad you had a great evening.

    March 4, 2013

  • Richard A.

    Excellent and stimulating discussion, a great evening out

    March 4, 2013

  • Kim

    Hi Sorry i've been held up at work so don't think I'm going to make it tonight. Kim

    March 4, 2013

  • Irena D.

    It would be nice to meet all the group next time, not today.

    March 4, 2013

  • Shirley

    I'm sick so going to have to pull out. Very disappointed as I thought the book was great and was looking forward to other people's opinions.

    March 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So sorry to cancel late but I have a conflicting work commitment.

    March 4, 2013

  • Isobel

    Unfortunately something has come up and I'm not going to be able to make it tomorrow. Shame because I was looking forward to discussing the book, having made it to the end!

    March 3, 2013

  • Tiffany

    Can't make this one due to work commitments but hope to meet you all the next time :)

    February 22, 2013

  • Catherine G.

    I would love to attend. This book sounds brilliant and it's set in my favourite period. Looking forward to reading it and discussing it with some lovely people!

    February 11, 2013

  • Isobel

    Hoping I'll have time to read this in spite of exams the week before.

    January 9, 2013

  • Richard A.

    Thanks for the earlier time!

    January 6, 2013

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