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Book Group - The Chemistry of Tear, Peter Carey

After some debate (and very poorly adjudicated voting - sorry) we will be reading The Chemistry of Tears by Peter Carey for our next book.

Some of us will also be reading The Enchanted April too which was a close second in the voting and free e-book through the Gutenberg Project as well as Amazon Kindle.

Here's the blurb for The Chemistry of Tears:

London 2011, Catherine Gehrig, conservator at the Swinburne museum, learns of the unexpected death of her lover of thirteen years. As the mistress of a married man she has to grieve in private. Given a special project away from prying eyes and mad with grief, the usually controlled and rational Catherine discovers a series of handwritten notebooks telling the extraordinary story behind the automata she is restoring.

She starts to piece together both the clockwork puzzle and the story of the mechanical creature which was commissioned in 19th century Germany by an English man, Henry Brandling, as a 'magical amusement' for his consumptive son. Having been asked to leave his home by his wife, Henry turns his hurtful departure into an adventure that he records for his young child. But it is Catherine Gehrig, in a strangely stormy and overheated London nearly two hundred years later, who will find comfort and wonder in reading Henry's story. And it is the automata, in its beautiful, uncanny imitation of life, that will link two strangers confronted with the mysteries of life and death, the miracle and catastrophe of human invention and the body's astonishing chemistry of love and feeling.

And the blurb for The Enchanted April:

A discreet advertisement in 'The Times', addressed to 'Those who Apppreciate Wisteria and Sunshine...' is the impetus for a revelatory month for four very different women. High above the bay on the Italian Riviera stands San Salvatore, a mediaeval castle. Beckoned to this haven are Mrs. Wilkins, Mrs Arbuthnot, Mrs Fisher and Lady Caroline Dester, each quietly craving a respite. Lulled by the Mediterranean spirit, they gradually shed their skins and discover a harmony each of them has longed for but never known.

First published in 1922 and reminscient of 'Elizabeth and her German Garden', this delightful novel is imbued with the descriptive power and light-hearted irreverence for which Elizabeth von Arnin is renowned.

All welcome - please don't worry if you haven't finished the book before we meet. In fact it's not a complete disaster if you haven't even started and you certainly don't have to read both!

Here's the list of what we've read before:

Street of a Thousand Blossoms - Gail Tsukiyama

The Children’s Book – AS Byatt

One Day – David Nicholls

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet – David Mitchell

The Tenderness of Wolves – Stef Penney

The Sense of an Ending – Julian Barnes

Pure – Andrew Miller

The Girl Who Chased the Moon - Sarah Addison Allen

The Glass Palace Amitav Ghosh

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Jean-Dominique Bauby

A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson

Frankenstein, Mary Shelley

A Week in December, Sebastian Faulks

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Rachel Joyce

Half of a Yellow Sun, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Mysterious Death of Miss Austen, Lindsay Ashford

Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons

Whit, Iain Banks

Mornings in Jenin, Susan Abulhawawith

The Good Soldier, Ford Madox Ford

The Red House, Mark Haddon

Instructions for a Heatwave, Maggie O'Farrell.

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty

The Scapegoat, Daphne Du Maurier

Life After Life, Kate Atkinson

The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul, Deborah Rodriguez

Shutter Island, Dennis Lehane

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  • Sarah W

    Good to see you all last night! The next one will be 8/10 - The Light Between Oceans.

    1 · August 21, 2014

  • Karyn

    Hi Sarah et al - really sorry for late notice but unable to make it as something has suddenly come up with one of the kids. Def hope to see you all next time karyn x

    August 20, 2014

    • Sarah W

      No worries - hope all is OK. See you next time :-)

      August 20, 2014

  • Sue E.

    Hi will be now be out of town on 20th so unable to come - hope to be there next time - have a great evening :)

    August 15, 2014

    • Sarah W

      Sorry you can't make it - do let us know if you have any book suggestions

      August 19, 2014

  • Dave V

    Bugger ! Double booked - sorry. Next time.

    1 · August 19, 2014

  • Jo R.

    Sorry, looks like I'm not going to get back from Hants till quite late in the day. Hope you all enjoyed it

    August 15, 2014

  • Eileen

    This is my first meet up and I wondering where you actually meet in the Westgate. Is it in the bar or is there a function room? Thanks

    August 7, 2014

    • Sarah W

      Hi Eileen, welcome to meetup! You can usually find us on a table just inside the door. You'll recognise us by the matching books on the table!

      August 7, 2014

    • Eileen

      Okay, see you there!

      August 7, 2014

  • Charlotte

    Just wondered if this was always on a weds or if it varies. I'm new to meet up.

    August 7, 2014

    • Charlotte

      Thanks for the reply. Unfortunately Weds is the only day I cannot do. Oh well.

      August 7, 2014

    • Charlotte

      Thanks again anyway

      August 7, 2014

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