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London Historical Fiction Book Group: Merry Xmas and a happy new year

From: Justin
Sent on: Friday, December 9, 2011 9:19 AM

To everyone

Firstly, Mr Grumpy here would like to apologise for a somewhat shirty email to everyone earlier in the week. I am sure you all sensed my frustration, but I would like to clarify that it was a general message to all group members and was not aimed at anyone in particular - so I apologise if it came across that way. What triggered it was that at our meeting on Monday evening only a fraction of those who'd said they were coming actually turned up.

I do wish everyone to feel free to attend any meetup or not as suits them. Unlike some other meetup groups, we do not charge for attendance or require anyone to make any commitment to coming or not. All we ask is that if you have said you're coming and then change your mind, for whatever reason, you do your utmost to access the internet and change your RSVP setting. You can do this any point, even on the day itself. That way, we have an idea of how many people are actually going to be there and can make the necessary decisions and adjust our arrangements with the venue. I shall say no more on the subject!

Secondly, I haven't mentioned it for a few months but any historical fiction fans out there (and that is likely to include you if you're reading this!) may be interested in the monthly meetings of the London chapter of the Historical Novel Society. If you'd like more information on these meetings or the HNS in general, please drop me a line.

The Historical Novel Society also has an annual conference and next year's will take place in London on the last weekend in September. Some big name authors, publishers and agents will be there and it should be of interest to readers and budding authors alike. I'm on the conference committee and my remit is to ensure the event appeals to and involves readers, not just authors. I will let you have more information as it firms up, but again if you're interested, feel free to contact me about it.

Finally, just to remind you we have our meetups for January and February scheduled. On 16 January, we will discuss Ernest Hemingway's memoir of his years in Paris, "The Moveable Feast". On 27 February, we discuss a novel based on that period in Hemingway's life: "The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain. For more information and to RSVP, please see our home page.

As always, feel free to send me book suggestions or recommendations for future reads.

In the meantime, wishing everyone a merry Christmas and a happy new year and hope you get plenty of time amidst your festivities to cuddle up with a good book.



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