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January book club meeting

Hello Book lovers,

We selected our books for the January 2013 meeting.

“[masked]” written by Stephen King
“Bad Pharma” written by Ben Goldacre

If you have time you can read both books, otherwise you can select the book you are most interested in.

The Around Fitzroy & Collingwood Book Club is very informal; there is no set meeting agenda. Over a coffee, beer or wine, we usually have a chat about what everyone thought of the books of the month and see if anyone has read anything else exciting or heard of any great literary events on in Melbourne.

“[masked]” written by Stephen King
Stephen King has been at the top of the weird-tales game for a long time now, but the grace with which he can animate a hackneyed premise still surprises. In his 56th book he turns his attention to time travel, one of the most reliable staples of fantasy and SF writing, and although the awkwardness of this overlong and overstuffed book is not confined to its title, it also delivers a lot to praise and enjoy.


“Bad Pharma” written by Ben Goldacre
Goldacre's previous book Bad Science is an easier read, since exposing charlatans can, at times, be played for laughs. Bad Pharma is altogether more sombre and grim – a thorough piece of investigative medical journalism. What keeps you turning its pages is the accessibility of Goldacre's writing (only slightly flabby in places), his genuine, indignant passion, his careful gathering of evidence and his use of stories, some of them personal, which bring the book to life.

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