Thank you to everyone who made it to last month's meeting. Both books went down well and encouraged a lot of lively discussion. Here's hoping this good weather continues so we can read next month's books out in the sunshine.
The books we voted for reading next month are:
The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde (nominated by Emily)
The Importance of Being Earnest is an important play by Oscar Wilde, and is a comedy of manners that discusses the serious of society. Set in late Victorian England, the story is about the main charachter, John Worthing's, ficticious brother Ernest, which is the main source of the comedy in this work. This is an important play for those are fans of comedy plays and of course the works of Oscar Wilde.
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn - Betty Smith (nominated by Chloe)
Francie Nolan, avid reader, penny candy connoisseur and adroit observer of human nature, has much to ponder in colourful, turn-of-the-century Brooklyn. She grows up with a sweet, tragic father, a severely realistic mother and an aunt who gives her love too freely--to men and a brother who will always be the favoured child. Francie learns early the meaning of hunger and the value of a penny. She is her father's child--romantic and hungry for beauty. But she is her mother's child, too--deeply practical and in constant need of truth. Like the Tree of Heaven that grows out of cement or through cellar gratings, resourceful Francie struggles against all odds to survive and thrive. Betty Smith's poignant, honest novel created a big stir when it was first published more than 50 years ago. Her frank writing about life's squalor was alarming to some of the more genteel society, but the book's humour and pathos ensured its place in the realm of classics--and in the hearts of readers, young and old.
Other nominated books were:
The affair of the blood-stained egg cosy - James Anderson
There's a Riot Going On - Peter Doggett
The Long Earth - Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter
Rubbernecker - Belinda Bauer
The Sea - John Banville
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
The Almost Moon - Alice Sebold
The Universe vs Alex Woods - Gavin Extence
Dear Miss Landau - James Christie
Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian - Marina Lewycka