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The group focuses on contemporary literary fiction. If you enjoy discussing modern and contemporary literary fiction then this is the book club for you.

We like to have lazy Sunday afternoon discussions of the book. Typically we meet every fourth or fifth Sunday of the month, between 3 and 5 pm and go for a bite to eat afterwards.

Where: We normally meet at the Heights Bar, which is close to Oxford Circus tube station. Sometimes we tend to have a picnic as well.

When: 4th or 5th Sunday of the month 3pm until we are talked out.

Book choice: Literary fiction

The meetup is free to attend, however when at a commercial location serving food we ask that you purchase at minimum a drink to patronise the business (please do not bring in food to a food establishment or we may be expelled).

RSVP etiquette
Please RSVP yes, only if you have every intention of attending. It is courteous to let me know if your circumstances change after RSVP'ing yes. It takes a lot of time and energy to organize this. Be considerate to the members who attend and update your RSVP's.

We understand the things come up in our busy lives. What we ask is that you kindly change your RSVP with advance notice (latest the day before) so that others on the waiting list may attend. We do track 'no shows' and will remove members fail to follow this RSVP etiquette. After three no shows we will remove you from the group.

Upcoming events (4)

The Discomfort of Evening - Marieke Lucas Rijneveld

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Jas lives with her devout farming family in the rural Netherlands. One winter's day, her older brother joins an ice skating trip; resentful at being left alone, she makes a perverse plea to God; he never returns. As grief overwhelms the farm, Jas succumbs to a vortex of increasingly disturbing fantasies, watching her family disintegrate into a darkness that threatens to derail them all.

The Woman in the Dunes - Kobo Abe

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After missing the last bus home following a day trip to the seashore, an amateur entomologist is offered lodging for the night at the bottom of a vast sand pit. But when he attempts to leave the next morning, he quickly discovers that the locals have other plans. Held captive with seemingly no chance of escape, he is tasked with shoveling back the ever-advancing sand dunes that threaten to destroy the village. His only companion is an odd young woman, and together their fates become intertwined as they work side by side through this Sisyphean of tasks.

The Life and Times of a very British man - Kamal Ahmed

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The Life and Times of a Very British Man makes the case for a new conversation about race in England through personal stories, political analysis and passionate belief in the ultimate good of this country. Kamal recounts the extraordinary circumstances that led to his father, a proud Sudanese scientist, marrying his mother, a grammar-school educated white woman from Yorkshire, and the first person he met off the plane. It was a time when wearing a miniskirt was an act of social rebellion, when 'niggers' and 'coloureds' still formed part of the national lexicon and when Enoch Powell's infamous 'Rivers of Blood' speech cast a shadow over the childhood of a brown schoolboy in Ealing.

The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov

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Russia's literary world is shaken to its foundations when a mysterious gentleman - a professor of black magic - arrives in Moscow, accompanied by a bizarre retinue of servants. It soon becomes clear that he is the Devil himself, come to wreak havoc among the cultural elite of a disbelieving capital. But the Devil's mission quickly becomes entangled with the fate of the Master - a man who has turned his back on his former life and taken refuge in a lunatic asylum - and his past lover, Margarita. Both a satirical romp and a daring analysis of the nature of good and evil, innocence and guilt, The Master and Margarita is the crowning achievement of one of the greatest Russian writers of the twentieth century.

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Sons and Lovers - DH Lawrence

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