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Book Club

Enjoy reading, want to share your thoughts about books or just listen to other peoples opinions then why not join us.  Book club meets on the third Wednesday of every month at Lee Rosy’s café.  The books for the next few months are:-

September 2014 - World War Z, Max Brooks.

As you may notice we are a book club and after September we have no books to read therefore it is time to pick books for the next six months.  In the past people have brought a couple of books that they would like to share with the group or want to read and we have then agreed on the books to read for the next six months.  Books can be from any genre or time however; they should be in print and unless absolutely brilliant under about 400 pages long.  Start raiding those bookshelves and come along and suggest a book. 


World War Z Max Brooks

The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time. World War Z is the result. Never before have we had access to a document that so powerfully conveys the depth of fear and horror, and also the ineradicable spirit of resistance, that gripped human society through the plague years.

Ranging from the now infamous village of New Dachang in the United Federation of China, where the epidemiological trail began with the twelve-year-old Patient Zero, to the unnamed northern forests where untold numbers sought a terrible and temporary refuge in the cold, to the United States of Southern Africa, where the Redeker Plan provided hope for humanity at an unspeakable price, to the west-of-the-Rockies redoubt where the North American tide finally started to turn, this invaluable chronicle reflects the full scope and duration of the Zombie War.

Most of all, the book captures with haunting immediacy the human dimension of this epochal event. Facing the often raw and vivid nature of these personal accounts requires a degree of courage on the part of the reader, but the effort is invaluable because, as Mr. Brooks says in his introduction, “By excluding the human factor, aren’t we risking the kind of personal detachment from history that may, heaven forbid, lead us one day to repeat it? And in the end, isn’t the human factor the only true difference between us and the enemy we now refer to as ‘the living dead’?”

World War Z - Max Brooks

The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max


Previous books:-

Aug. 2014 - A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway.

July 2014 - The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion.

June 2014 - Poetry (details to follow)

May 2014 - Twelve Years a Slave, Solomon Northup.

April 2014 - Selected Stories, Alice Munro.

Mar. 2014 - The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Rachel Joyce.

Feb. 2014 – Pigeon English, Steven Kelman

Jan. 2014 – The Electric Michaelangio, Sarah Hall.

Dec. 2013 – The Woman in Black, Susan Hill.

Nov. 2013 – Persuasion, Jane Austen.

Oct. 2013 – Let the Great World Spin, Colum McCann.

Sept 2013 – Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow,  Peter Hoeg.

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  • greg h.

    OK how's this? Zombie = pointless consumers, socially isolated but follow the herd when one sees new product and lets out the " must have it" moan. Cuba, Israel , apartied South Africa have (good or bad) different cultural aims.

    September 18, 2014

    • Janet W.

      AnAnd I'm still convinced the Zombie's don't "stand for" anything; I think they're just a way of boosting book sales and a narrative device to support the survival/pioneer plot.

      September 21, 2014

    • Janet W.

      Was thinking about Catherine's question "why are Zombies so appealing?" Think it is partly the Lord of the Rings thing - an enemy it is OK to hate, a war with no moral ambiguities.

      September 21, 2014

  • Janet W.

    Does anyone fancy a between-meetings meeting, say 1st Wed of month tea and cakes and chat for book club members? Sarah said she was interested but haven't heard from anyone else.

    If so I'll see if Lee Rosies downstairs is available then and post a meetup invite.

    September 21, 2014

  • Janet W.

    Went to see "Time and the Conways" a couple of nights ago and would recommend it.

    September 21, 2014

  • Janet W.

    Finished the last chapters of the book a couple of nights ago, including the bit where he calls Clement Attlee "a third rate mediocrity who only slipped into the history books because he unseated Winston Churchill". Apparently not because he led the government which more or less single-handedly created the comprehensive UK welfare state. Not sure whether to post Mr Books a DVD of "People's Century" or just take a swing at him with my lobo..

    September 21, 2014

  • SarahMcD

    I have a suggestion for a possible book: The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell. His books tend to be quite divisive so should make for some interesting discussions! I definitely can't make next month but I will be around in November.

    September 17, 2014

    • Janet W.

      Hi Sarah we decided we definitely want to do a David Mitchell but are too tight to buy the hardback so are biding our time.

      September 18, 2014

    • SarahMcD

      It's only £8 on amazon...

      September 18, 2014

  • Craig P.

    Sorry I didn't make it - I didn't leave work until gone 8 so assumed it was too late to join in

    September 18, 2014

  • Janet

    Hi Craig, I bought the book on Monday and have managed 17 pages so you are ahead of me in terms of what you can contribute. I'm sure we will be fine.

    September 17, 2014

    • Janet

      Really sorry 30 min parking nightmare! Have given up. Catch you all next time.

      September 17, 2014

  • Craig P.

    May I come along? I am somewhat nervous. I have also not read the book. I have seen the film, sort of, so can critique it in the same way I critiqued books at GCSE.

    September 17, 2014

  • Karen

    Can I also remind you all that the Readers' Network Event is on Saturday (20th) 1.30- 3.30 at Beeston Library. Aimed at anyone who enjoys reading and talking about books. We are going to have a bit of poetry-related fun (and tea and cake) this time. If you would like to know more email [masked]

    September 15, 2014

  • Janet

    Hi, hoping to come along on Wednesday night. Might be a little late.

    September 15, 2014

  • gillian

    Hope to come, hope to finish the book. :o)

    September 8, 2014

  • Karen

    Hi Fiction Book Group. Just wanted to let you know about the Readers' Network Event on Saturday September 20th 1.30 - 3.30pm in Beeston Library. The theme for this one is poetry. It will include poetry related chat and the Vintage Pop Up Cafe. Bring a poem about a tree (optional) and a Poetry Book to swap (optional too). Suitable for poetry readers and those new to poetry. Free (donations for refreshments). All welcome.Enquiries to [masked]

    September 6, 2014

  • Joanne

    Will we be deciding the new books at this one?

    August 27, 2014

    • rachael

      Yes I am about to put out a message

      1 · September 5, 2014

  • SarahMcD

    I am going to read the book but I am off to the Nick Cave thingy at the Broadway on that evening.
    If you have a chat about it at the group, I would be up for meeting up more often for general book/film/music chat.

    September 2, 2014

  • Heather M.

    Really sorry not going to be able to make this one now as I have a meeting. Hopefully can meet you all soon. Sorry to keep canx at the moment.

    August 29, 2014

  • Heather M.

    Should be able to make this one

    July 5, 2014

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