May Main Meetup

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


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  • christine l.

    enjoyed meeting everyone yesterday . ive managed to get the unlikely pilgrimage ... from the library so will start reading asap .
    hope to see you in june

    May 13

  • irene m.

    Usual good debate

    May 13

  • Blair M.

    Sorry chaps and chapesses. Going to have to cancel at short notice. Just driven 260 miles back to sunny glasgow today and cant face the car again later. I am following the group and have enjoyed the reads so far. Hope to see you all next month!

    May 12

  • Jenny H.

    Hi Folks, I know we try not to cancel at last moment but I have a monster migraine coming on so I won't be there tonight. I hope you can forgive me and that someone else can take my place. Jenny

    May 12

  • John A

    I was interested in attending this group tomorrow. I've read both of the books; do new members just show up?

    May 11

    • Rachel H

      Welcome to the group. I'm afraid that tomorrow's meeting is fully booked. Next months meeting should be online before the end of the week so look out for it and RSVP yes. Hope to see you at a meeting soon.

      May 11

  • irene m.

    Used this site thank you very much, downloaded it to my iPad however impossible to read as it is so sensitive, book kept disappearing, downloaded to main computer then into Carlibar and on to Kindle,result.

    May 3

  • A former member
    A former member

    You can get 'A Tree Grows in Brooklyn' on epubbud.com for free.

    April 18

    • Angel

      Wow. Never heard of that site! Thanks for the tip.

      May 3

    • A former member
      A former member

      You're very welcome :-)

      May 3

  • christine l.

    i managed to get a copy from the library . along with several others which is probably a mistake as im mow reading 3 books at the same time !!!!

    May 2

  • irene m.

    Hi Rachel can you tell me how to get a tree grows in Brooklyn, can't seem to find it, without it being a literary study

    April 22

  • Julia

    Importance of Being Earnest is on Project Gutenberg for zero pennies!

    1 · April 18

    • Rachel H

      It's also free on Amazon if you have a Kindle.

      April 18

  • Rachel H

    Apologies for the text going funny sizes on the meet-up description. The website is not entirely user friendly with an iPad.

    April 17

  • Emily

    I'm Poppy in town and Emily in the country...

    1 · April 17

    • Rachel H

      I fixed it. Couldn't remember which if you were just Poppy on Facebook :-)

      April 17

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