April main meetup

Thanks to all who made it in March for some lively discussions as per usual, and looking forward to April (which should also bring spring with it :-) ) .


The two books chosen for April are:

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Volume One in the Trilogy of Five by Douglas Adams, nominated by Sue.

On 12 October 1979 the most remarkable book ever to come out of the great publishing corporations of Ursa Minor (and Earth) was made available to humanity – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

It’s an ordinary Thursday lunchtime for Arthur Dent until his house gets demolished. The Earth follows shortly afterwards to make way for a new hyperspace bypass and his best friend has just announced that he’s an alien. At this moment, they’re hurtling through space with nothing but their towels and an innocuous-looking book inscribed with the big, friendly words: DON’T PANIC.

The weekend has only just begun…


The Last Asylum: A Memoir of Madness in our Times by Barbara Taylor, nominated by Steve P.

The Last Asylum begins with Barbara Taylor's visit to the innocuously named Princess Park Manor in Friern Barnet, North London -- a picture of luxury and repose. But this is the former site of one of England's most infamous lunatic asylums, the Middlesex County Pauper Lunatic Aslyum at Colney Hatch. At its peak this asylum housed nearly 3,000 patients -- among them, in the 1980s, Barbara Taylor herself.

The Last Asylum is Taylor's powerful account of her battle with mental illness, set inside the wider story of the end of the UK asylum system.


Hope you enjoy one or both of the books :-)


The other books nominated for April:

Perfume by Patrick Suskind

Carrie by Stephen King

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

Dead Man's Land by Robert Ryan

Howards End is on the Landing by Susan Hill

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt

The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie

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  • Rona M.

    Both books generated interesting discussions.

    April 15

  • irene m.

    Interesting as usual, lots of opinions, good books recommended for next month

    April 15

  • Jim & Vivienne M.

    Excellent - lots of interesting feedback on both books

    April 15

  • Ruth M.

    Sorry I missed it. I had been away for a few days and came home to a trail of destruction left by my son. Had to spend the evening washing dishes, cleaning bathroom, hoovering etc.

    April 15

  • Janet M.

    For those of you who enjoyed, 'The Rosie Project' this is the latest news:

    (It sounds a bit soppy, I know, but at least it should be funny!)

    Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman are back. If you were swept away by Graeme Simsion’s international smash hit The Rosie Project, you will love 'The Rosie Effect'.

    The Wife Project is complete, and Don and Rosie are happily married and living in New York. But they’re about to face a new challenge.

    Rosie is pregnant.

    Don sets about learning the protocols of becoming a father, but his unusual research style gets him into trouble with the law. Fortunately his best friend Gene is on hand to offer advice: he’s left Claudia and moved in with Don and Rosie....

    3 · April 4

  • Heather

    Just joined this group. Is it always so full? Would I be best looking for another group?

    March 19

  • christine l.

    havent been able to get a hold of the current books at the library . was advised that the barbara taylor book isnt on their list yet . so wont be able to get it until at least april . i will have a look to see what the price is . Even though im a few books behind i have enjoyed reading books outside my comfort zone. loved "lean in". cant wait for the aye write festival perhaps you could do something from their list .what do you think ?

    March 18

  • Janet M.

    Damn! When I got home this evening there was a letter waiting for me saying that I have hip replacement surgery on April 1st - no, not a joke (I hope!) so I won't be at Book Club for 2-3 months - ie until till I can walk without crutches. Have great time. I plan to devour books whilst I'm recuperating.

    March 13

    • Sue H

      Best wishes with the surgery, Janet! You'll be a new woman!

      1 · March 13

  • Hannah

    Found out today I have to go down south for work on the 14th so can't make it anymore. Will hopefully come along in May instead :)

    March 13

  • Lesley M.

    On holiday that week, perhaps next time. Interested in Chick lit event. Will watch out for the date.

    March 12

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry can't make it. Got my wee girl for the Easter week.

    March 12

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