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Love books? Each month we will read a novel that is no more than 400 pages. We read it, we ask questions and discuss the novel in an open forum. We have a relaxed attitude and everyone is welcome to join in the discussion and bring a different interpretations of the novel. Typically we do all of this over coffee, patisseries or breakfast!

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Andrey Kurkov's Grey Bees

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We're meeting at the Foxley Hatch Wetherspoons on Sunday's at 10-12.

Andrey Kurkov's Grey Bees, from Kirkus:

A Ukrainian beekeeper strives in the face of hardship to make the most of his simple life.
Until it was thrust into the headlines by Russia’s invasion in February 2022, Ukraine was far from the minds of most Western readers. Through the story of Sergey Sergeyich, a divorced, disabled Ukrainian mine safety inspector and passionate beekeeper, Kurkov transforms the abstractions of geopolitics into an intensely human account of compassion and persistence. Along with Pashka, his lifelong frenemy, Sergeyich is one of the two remaining inhabitants of Little Starhorodivka, a village in Ukraine’s “Grey Zone”—the front line between the nation’s troops and pro-Russian separatists in the Donbas region. The village, so small it has only two main streets whose names Sergeyich decides to reverse in a moment of whimsy, has been without electricity for three years. Through a harsh winter, as the sounds of distant shelling periodically shatter the silence, Sergeyich survives on a diet of buckwheat, millet, and the occasional egg, heating his home with a coal-fired potbelly stove and lighting it with candles scavenged from the ruins of the village’s bombed-out church. Pashka has secured for himself a marginally more comfortable lifestyle due to his friendship with the separatist forces. With the onset of warmer weather, Sergeyich impulsively decamps with his six beehives on an odyssey across a war-ravaged landscape that will eventually bring him to the Crimean home of Akhtem, a Tatar beekeeper he met at a convention years earlier. But when he arrives, he finds himself more connected to Akhtem’s family than he ever anticipated, in the process discovering a common humanity that transcends borders and faiths. Kurkov’s prose is as unassuming as his characters. In his portrayal, Sergeyich is an Everyman embroiled against his will in “a war in which he [has] taken no part.” The humble pleasure he derives from tending to his bees and his determination simply to endure another difficult day make for a subtly inspirational tale.
A gentle story of survival in a war-scarred land.

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Andrea Levy's - The Long Song

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