Jul 8, 2013 · 7:30 PM
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More than halfway through the year now, and it's time for our next monthly Meetup for which I don't think we could have picked two more different books, if we'd planned it that way! They are...
Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson (nominated by Sue)
Set mainly in the Scottish Highlands in the years following the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745, 'Kidnapped' follows the fortunes of the young David Balfour as he endeavours to claim the inheritance of which he has been cheated by his scheming Uncle Ebenezer. A tale of kidnap, shipwreck, murder and pursuit, Robert Louis Stevenson's classic adventure-story is as compelling now as when it was first published in 1886.
Marching Powder by Rusty Young (nominated by Signe)
MARCHING POWDER is the story of Thomas McFadden, a small-time English drug smuggler who was arrested in Bolivia and thrown inside the notorious San Pedro prison. He found himself in a bizarre world, the prison reflecting all that is wrong with South American society. Prisoners have to pay an entrance fee and buy their own cells (the alternative is to sleep outside and die of exposure), prisoners' wives and children often live inside too, high quality cocaine is manufactured and sold from the prison. Thomas ended up making a living by giving backpackers tours of the prison - he became a fixture on the backpacking circuit and was named in the Lonely Planet guide to Bolivia. When he was told that for a bribe of $5000 his sentence could be overturned, it was the many backpackers who'd passed through who sent him the money. Sometimes shocking, sometimes funny, MARCHING POWDER is an always riveting story of survival.
So, hope to see you there in July.