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

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

Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner (genre: American classics)

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

Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges (genre: Short stories)

The genre for February is Non Fiction Travel Writing. Please bring along your suggestions.

Books read:

2012

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)

2011

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)

2010

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)

2009

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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  • Peter B.

    Won't make it tonight either - recovering from tail end of a gastric virus. Have a great Christmas and hope to see everyone in the New Year.

    December 3, 2012

    • Stuart B.

      Oh dear Peter. Hope your recovery is a speedy one. Have a great Christmas and New Year too.

      December 3, 2012

  • Stuart B.

    Something has come up and unfortunately myself and Katie will be unable to attend tonight. Can one of the regulars take control of events and message me with updates for the website?

    December 3, 2012

  • Stuart B.

    And I had a spare copy as well!

    November 27, 2012

  • Paul S.

    Forget that. Books just arrived :)

    November 27, 2012

  • Paul S.

    My copy of Absalom Absalom! has not turned up a week after dispatch (after the library book I had, had to go back due to a reservation). Don't suppose anyone's read it, and could lend me a copy. I'm near Bury, but am travelling to South Mcr tomorrow.

    November 27, 2012

  • Paul S.

    Just wondered if anyone waqs interested in a play at The Royal Exchange called Orpeus Ascending, as there's a potentail crossover with Absalom Absalom;

    TENNESSEE WILLIAMS’ CLASSIC DRAMA ABOUT THE POWER OF IMAGINATION
    In a small town in the Deep South of America nothing ever seems to change.
    That is, until one day, a charismatic young drifter appears with a snakeskin jacket and a guitar. Like a fox in a hen coop, this wild eyed boy tears up the prejudices and certainties of the town, igniting the passion of Lady Torrance, who for years has been trapped in a loveless marriage. But their freedom and love is too much for such a narrow-minded community…

    3 of us going so far on 15th Nov; seats B31 to B33 booked.

    November 9, 2012

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