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Historical Fiction Book Group Update

From: Justin
Sent on: Sunday, October 17, 2010 10:14 PM
Hi everyone

October meetup: The Heretic's Daughter

Thanks to everyone who came on Wednesday. It was a great discussion and great to see quite a few nice faces - hope we'll be seeing you regularly. In short, it seemed everyone at least liked the book very much and thought it was very well written, especially for a first-time novelist. Some thought the early parts a bit slow, others found the later part a bit rushed! But overall, we found the writing really good and were particularly impressed by the family dynamic she created within that particular historical context.
I've uploaded into the Files section of our group site the official reading group guides from the publishers of the book and also my compilation of some of the press reviews on the book that I found.
Those of you who read the book but weren't able to make it, feel free to share your views on it!
As I mentioned at the meetup, Kathleen Kent is about to publish a sort of prequel to The Heretic's Daughter. I think it will be out in November and is entitled The Wolves of Andover in this country, but The Traitor's Wife in the States.

November meetup: Spartacus

Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible at our next meetup. Please RSVP when you have a chance if you haven't yet done so. It's not a particularly long book so hopefully that will appeal!
I'm considering changing the time of the meetup in November (and going forward) to 7.30pm, instead of 8pm. I imagine that would suit everybody better, but let me know your thoughts before I officially change it. I definitely can't make it any earlier than 7.30pm but it should be doable for me and I think will give us a bit more time to discuss and generally chat without people wishing to get away to avoid too late a night.

January meetup

As discussed on Wednesday, we won't meet in December but will then meet in mid-January. We also discussed whether we would just choose books at random or whether we wanted to have some sort of structure to our choices of settings for the books we read. We decided that in January we would read a book set in England in the time of Charles I and the English Civil War, and then maybe move forward gradually in time for another book or two - and then skip off somewhere entirely different.
So - have a look around and send me some suggestions for English Civil War books. It shouldn't be more than about[masked] pages (one Civil War book was suggested but it is over 700 pages and realistically that's not practical for a book group selection). It was decided that it doesn't necessarily have to be in print, as long as it is easily and affordably available online, but obviously in print would be preferable.
I've found a few suitable books, but let me have your ideas over the next week or two before I set up a poll.

That's it. Happy reading till we meet again.


PS. Welcome to those who've joined the group in the past few days. Looking forward to seeing you soon hopefully.

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