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We are a group of people who like to get together and discuss English language novels. The club (pronounced "Elba") includes people from MeetUp, FB ex pats, the Anglo-Swedish Society, and the British Club in Gothenburg.

In our first season (2014) we read six novels by Jane Austen and held a Jane Austen Evening that October, hosted by the Anglo-Swedish Society and attended by about 50 people.  This was a great success and generated a lot of interest in the book club.

For the second season (2015) we branched out into novels with a loose connection to some of the themes and motifs in Jane Austen's novels.

In the third season (Nov 2015 - May 2016) we read English language novels that our core members had recommended.

In the fourth season (Sept 2016 - May 2017) we are reading more suggestions from our core members. Criteria for inclusion are loose, but we like to include novels that members have always wanted to read but haven't gotten around to, or ones that are topical and interesting, or lead to interesting discussions. The only really strict criteria are that the novels have to be less than 400 words (so that even busy people can read them before the meeting), and that they must be available in paperback and on Kindle. 

Members suggested a total of 14 books this year to add to our shortlist. From this shortlist, eight books were chosen via a delphi method at our bookstorming in June.

Our meetings are held in English in a museum apartment in Haga, Gothenburg. We meet at 18:30 on the third Tuesday of each month. We discuss the book for about an hour and then have a 'fika' and have a more free-ranging discussion for another hour. For the fika we try to provide home-made cake/food to a theme based on the book being discussed.  The cost of the meetup is 20 kronor each, to pay for the room and the fika. (We take cash or Swish.)


Each meeting has a discussion leader who gives a brief introduction to the book and gets the discussion going.

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ELB(A) - English Language Book Club

Recent Meetups

  • April 18 · 6:30 PM

    The Cellist of Sarajevo

    8 ELBA readers | 5.00

    A spare and haunting, wise and beautiful novel about war and the endurance of the human spirit and the subtle ways individuals reclaim their humanity. Steven Galloway (... Learn more

  • March 21 · 6:30 PM

    Maps

    7 ELBA readers | 5.00

    Ethnic differences and identity in the Horn of Africa, also exploring the balance between body and mind and between fate and our ability to control our lives. Nuruddin... Learn more

  • February 21 · 6:30 PM

    Cold Comfort Farm

    10 ELBA readers | 4.00

    A hilarious and ruthless parody of the rural melodramas and purple prose of D. H. Lawrence and Thomas Hardy. Stella Gibbons (1932), 233 pages When the recently orphaned... Learn more

  • January 17 · 6:30 PM

    The Reluctant Fundamentalist

    15 ELBA readers | 4.50

    A feeling of fundamentalism can arise in the unlikeliest of people, when they feel pushed into a corner. What does it take to tip the balance? Mohsin Hamid (2007), 224... Learn more

  • Nov 15, 2016 · 6:30 PM

    It Can't Happen Here

    10 ELBA readers | 5.00

    What if some ambitious candidate used the US presidential election to become a dictator by promising quick, easy solutions to people's fears? Or could it never happen... Learn more

  • See all past Meetups

What's new

  • New comment
    Birger E. Birger E. commented on The Cellist of Sarajevo
    April 19
    Birger E.

    "Civilizatio­n entered the English language in the mid-18th century with the meaning “the act or process of bringing out of a savage or uneducated state.”..."

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  • New comment
    John John commented on The Cellist of Sarajevo
    April 19
    John

    "Excellent discussion yesterday - here are some questions we discussed (what did I miss?). Had Arrow given up or not? would you call her non-resista­nce suicide? What was the symbolism of the stray dog?..."

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  • New Member
    Adelin M. Adelin M. joined
    April 19
  • New comment
    Catriona Catriona commented on The Cellist of Sarajevo
    April 18
    Catriona

    "This is the anthropolog­ical book that John brought with him: Sarajevo Under Siege: Anthropolog­y in Wartime (Ivana Maček) http://www.­upenn.edu/p­ennpress/bo­ok/14525.ht­ml"

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  • New comment
    Catriona Catriona commented on The Cellist of Sarajevo
    April 18
    Catriona

    "Thanks everyone for a thought-pro­voking and interesting­ discussion.­"

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  • New Member
    Tamanna Z. Tamanna Z. joined
    April 4
  • New comment
    John John commented on The Cellist of Sarajevo
    March 31
    John

    "Here is a map of Sarajevo with the front-line marked https://ada­mandmollygo­.files.word­press.com/2­014/03/1-im­g_07132.jpg­"

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  • New Member
    Ailya W. Ailya W. joined
    March 29
  • New comment
    John John commented on The Cellist of Sarajevo
    March 28
    John

    "Here is a short video by Steve Galloway on the book. https://www­.youtube.co­m/watch?v=2­f7ZoYn_-A0"

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  • New comment
    Catriona Catriona commented on The Cellist of Sarajevo
    March 26
    Catriona

    "There was a radio programme (in Swedish) yesterday about the current situation in the Balkans and the scars that remain from the war there. You can play it here: SR P1 Konflikt - Vem ska rädda Balkan?..."

    Read more…

 
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