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August Main Meetup

Summer has finally arrived in Glasgow and so thank you to all who braved the stifling heat of the room we meet in (maybe we should move to the park with a pitcher of Pimm's next time eh )


But it is perfect weather for lounging in the park with a good book and here are the chosen ones for next month;

The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida. Nominated by Steve.

Written by Naoki Higashida when he was only thirteen, this remarkable book explains the often baffling behaviour of autistic children and shows the way they think and feel - such as about the people around them, time and beauty, noise, and themselves. Naoki abundantly proves that autistic people do possess imagination, humour and empathy, but also makes clear, with great poignancy, how badly they need our compassion, patience and understanding.

David Mitchell and his wife have translated Naoki's book so that it might help others dealing with autism, and generally illuminate a little-understood condition. Like The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, it gives us an exceptional chance to enter the mind of another and see the world from a strange and fascinating perspective.


East of Eden by John Steinbeck. Nominated by David.

An epic allegorical novel chronicling the fortunes of two families as they try to escape the sins of their forbears, the Penguin Modern Classics edition of John Steinbeck's East of Eden is introduced by David Wyatt.

'There is only one book to a man,' Steinbeck wrote of East of Eden, his most ambitious novel. Set in the rich farmland of the Salinas Valley, California, this powerful, often brutal novel, follows the intertwined destinies of two families - the Trasks and the Hamiltons - whose generations hopelessly re-enact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel. Here Steinbeck created some of his most memorable characters and explored his most enduring themes: the mystery of identity; the inexplicability of love, and the murderous consequences of love's absence.


Happy, sunny reading everyone.


Other books nominated this month:

The Woman who Went to Bed for a Year by Sue Townsend

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Kiss Me First by Lottie Moggach

The Sea by John Banville

A Time to Kill by John Grisham

Nineteen Minuts by Jodi Picoult

The Flanders Panel by Arturo Pérez-Reverte

The Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko

The Other Hand by Chris Cleave

The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold



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  • Theresa B.

    sorry for the short notice but I cant make tonight. I hope everyone has fun

    August 12, 2013

  • irene m.

    how do I make sure I am on the September list?

    August 12, 2013

  • David W.

    Couple of things:

    1. You're all bonkers for nominating East of Eden! It is *very* long, so be warned! I only wanted people to read it, not vote for it!

    2. David Wyatt is way off the mark. Adam and Eve is not a theme of the book - the title comes from the story of Cain and Abel, which *is* a strong part of one thread of the story (but there is so much else). Adam and Eve were parents of Cain and Abel, but their personal story, the fall of Adam and Eve, is not in the book... in my opinion, maybe someone will disagree. In what way is Cathy/Kate like Eve? Not at all. The first few paragraphs of Wikipedia get it right, but the introduction by his wife Elaine Steinbeck is my favourite.

    From Wikipedia:

    Steinbeck stated about East of Eden: "It has everything in it I have been able to learn about my craft or profession in all these years." He further claimed: "I think everything else I have written has been, in a sense, practice for this."

    July 10, 2013

    • irene m.

      read East of Eden on holiday in June, only took two days as it is a total page turner. Last read it at school, long time ago, marvellous

      1 · August 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't make this I'm afraid

    August 12, 2013

  • Sarah

    Sorry I can no longer make it. Hopefully I can make the next one!

    August 9, 2013

  • Chloe

    Hi everyone

    Just signed up wti Looking forward to coming along to your book club. I see August is full. I will keep an eye out for September and will hopefully see you then.


    August 6, 2013

  • Paul John M.

    When would I be able to attend bookclub?

    August 4, 2013

    • Eleanor

      Hi Paul. Unfortunately we have to limit numbers for book group and we're full for August but I think you're on the waiting list. Keep an eye on your emails and if you're moved up to a "yes" (you'll be sent an email) then please feel free to come along. Otherwise I'm afraid you'll have to wait till September. Keep an eye on the website / your emails next week and when you see the next meetup scheduled you'll be able to rsvp. Spaces do go quick though.

      August 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, it will be my first time attending a book meeting. Any points what is needed?

    1 · July 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Eleanor, thanks for the prompt reply. I'll wait and hope I get into the group. Which books are in the pipeline to be read just now? Sorry, I'm new and a bit slow at looking up notifications. Thanks

      July 23, 2013

    • Eleanor

      Hi Kristina. The books are on the meetup page. If you want to see what we've read before then the discussions page has our leader boards going back a few years.

      July 25, 2013

  • Ruth M.

    I am getting the feeling that the summer of 2013 is going to live long in my memory as the one where I spent all my time reading East of Eden!

    July 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've been guilty of changing my rsvp at the last minute a few times and have decided that I will leave the group as I clearly keep forgetting and causing others to miss out. My apologies.

    July 21, 2013

  • Eleanor

    Hi Jennie. The Book Group moved to the West End due to a lack of venues in the city centre that are a) the right size (we need space for over 20) b) quiet enough to have a discussion and c) free. If you have any suggestions of venues for the city centre, I'm happy to hear them. The venue in the West End was chosen as it's really accessible - very close to the underground and buses and with free parking nearby. A number of our members don't live in the West End (me included, I'm southside), and while I agree it's not a perfect solution, it's the best I can do.

    July 11, 2013

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