July's Book Club Meetup

July's Sydney Girly Book Club Selection: "The Ocean at the End of the Lane" by Neil Gaiman

Here is the synopsis on GoodReads.com:

Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn't thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she'd claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.

A groundbreaking work from a master, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out. It is a stirring, terrifying, and elegiac fable as delicate as a butterfly's wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark.

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  • Stella

    Sorry I couldn't make it last night. I took the wrong bus and my phone died, can't find the place

    July 31

  • Jess

    Im gutted to have missed this meet up but got stuck at work until 9. Hoping to make it next time

    July 30

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi... I'm going to have to pull out due to illness too :( I'm really disappointed as I finished the book and was looking forward to catching up! Hopefully I'll get through the book for August!
    Have fun tonight..

    1 · July 30

  • Claire C

    Hi all, so sorry I can't make it tonight, I've come down with a cold. Very disappointed cos I just finished the book. Have a nice night!

    July 30

  • Deanne

    Hi all, I still have the dreaded lurgy that has plagued everyone is Sydney for the last month or two so won't make it. I was a big fan of this book tho so would love to see a brief of what others thought. Have fun!

    July 30

  • Lindsay

    I can't come :( I'm working out in Norwest. So sad. Hopefully see you all next month!

    July 30

  • Pam G.

    Just checking the venue. On google 19 Oxford St is in Bondi and their other store is in Leichhardt. Can you confirm where we are meeting tonight?

    July 30

    • Samantha S.

      It's 19 Oxford street in Paddington. On the corner of Verona Street. Make sure in google you specify "19 oxford street, paddington".

      July 30

  • Charma W.

    Argh! I have to change my RSVP as I've been asked to work tonight! I was so looking forward to this! Boo!

    July 30

  • Brenda

    Just joined so no time to read the set book. Will meet you all next month.

    2 · July 28

  • Marcha V.

    How exciting is this?? Unlimited ebooks for $10 a month. Lile spotify but for books! I can't wait to get on to it :)

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1002872331

    2 · July 25

  • Charma W.

    Is there a book that everyone is reading prior to meeting up?

    July 13

  • Caroline

    Hi i am starting a new job next week, i dont finish until 7 30pm on a Wednesday. Will there be any meetups on Saturdays coming up in the future. Unfortunately i dont think Wednesdays are going to be very doable for me :-/

    July 8

  • eleni

    hello,,,are we talking about upstairs?

    July 3

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