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Book Club @ the Lass O'Gowrie, Manchester Monthly Meetup

The book up for discussion at the December meet-up is:

The Christmas Mystery by Jostein Gaarder (genre: Christmas)

The book up for discussion at the January meet-up is:

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson (genre New Beginnings)

The genre for February meeting will be Non-fiction political activists/activism - please bring along your suggestions.

Books read:


The Owl Killers by Karen Maitland (genre: Historical Fiction)

The British Museum Is Falling Down by David Lodge (genre: comedy)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey (genre: Classics which have been adapted into film)

The Broken Shore by Peter Temple (genre: Detective Fiction)

The Tower by Simon Clark (guest author)
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury (genre: Exploration)
The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne by Brian Moore (genre: Mid-life Crisis from the female perspective)
Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse (genre: Mid-life Crisis from the male perspective)
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. (genre: books which have been banned)
The Lost Cosmonaut by Daniel Kalder. (genre: Non Fiction Travel Writing)
Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges (genre: Short stories)


Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner (genre: American classics)
The Dark Lord of Derkholm by Diana Wynn Jones (genre: Fantasy)
The Diary of Lady Murasaki by Murasaki Shikibu (genre: Diaries)
Chinaman by Shehan Karunatilaka (genre: Sporting Fiction)
The Death of Bunny Munro by Nick Cave (genre: Novels by authors that were famous for something else before writing)
Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage to the Antarctic by Alfred Lansing (genre: Triumph over Adversity)
Absolute Beginners by Colin MacInnes (genre: beat generation)
Reading the Ceiling by Dayo Forster (genre: African Authors)
Anno Dracula by Kim Newman (genre: Horror)
The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens (genre: Dickens)
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (genre: Novels based in the future from when the book was published)
The Second Coming by John Niven (genre: comedy)


Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (genre: Winners or Shortlisted books from the Orange Prize from any previous year)
The Memoirs of a Survivor by Doris Lessing (genre: Social Upheaval)
The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe (genre: Space Exploration)
The Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart (no record of genre)
A Passage To India by E.M. Forester (genre: Classic Novels from[masked])
The Love of a Good Woman by Alice Munro (genre: short stories)
Manchester Man by Mrs. G. L. Banks (genre: Books related to Manchester)
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (genre: Family)
Lost in Music by Giles Smith (genre: Music)
The True Story of Titanic Thompson: The Man Who Bet on everything by Kevin Cook (genre: Autobiographies [ended up being a biography])
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis (genre: Banned Books)


My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk (genre: Detective novels)
London Triptych by Jonathan Kemp (genre: The Green Carnation Prize 2010 Longlist)
The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter (Guest Author Paul Magrs recommendation)
Never The Bride by Paul Magrs (genre: Books by Paul Magrs [guest author])
Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie (genre: Political fiction)
The Fight by Norman Mailer (genre: Sport)
Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby (genre: Fictional comedy)
If I Die in a Combat Zone by Tim O'Brien (genre: War Novels)
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells (genre: Sci-Fi)
The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood (genre: Debut Novels)
The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux (genre: Travel Writing)
Four Stories by Alan Bennett (genre: short stories)


Fleshmarket Close by Ian Rankin (genre: Fictional Crime)
The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry (genre: the Man Booker Prize 2008 shortlist)
The Woman In Black by Susan Hill (genre: Horror)
Googlewhack Adventure by Dave Gorman (genre: Humour)
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (genre: Modern Day Classics published between 1909 – 1959) (Voted Book of the Year 2009)
The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers (genre: Classics)
The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi (this was before we started selected genres)
Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut
Death at Intervals by Jose Saramago
The Yacoubian Building by Alaa el-Aswany

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  • A former member
    A former member

    me neither got bad cold didnt want to share germs

    December 2, 2013

  • Emily B.

    Sorry I couldn't make this. I tried to get on the website at work to cancel my RSVP but wasn't able to!

    December 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I can't make it. Read the book and .... didn't like it at all! I read the January book earlier in the year and loved it, you picked a great one there! See you in Feb, have a lovely Christmas.

    December 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    can't make it.. maybe next time

    November 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thinking to join you guys :)
    I''ll try to get a book for January meeting :)

    November 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Planing to join you. Very funny map link to location, btw ;-)

    November 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ouh my...:( I cannot find this book anywhere. Tried 3 library catalogues and tons of e-book sites. His other works seem to be easier to find but this one...mmmmno. Does anyone have it?

    November 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Ami! I have finished reading the book already, so you're very welcome to have my copy. If you would like to arrange to meet me sometime, just send me an email through my meetup profile.

      November 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member


      November 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi. Ive never been before.
    What book is it that you're reading?

    November 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Kirsty! We're reading The Christmas Mystery by Jostein Gaardner. You can easily order from Amazon if you can't reserve a copy from the library.

      November 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    def goin to make this one

    November 4, 2013

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