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In August, we will make our long-awaited return to a restaurant. In a delightful element of symmetry, we will be reading the same author as for our last restaurant based meeting 18 months earlier. The author is Kamila Shamsie, and this time we will be discussing her seventh novel, Home Fire, from 2017, which was long-listed for the Booker Prize.
'Two families' fates are inextricably, devastatingly entwined in this searing novel that asks: what sacrifices will we make in the name of love? A contemporary reimagining of Sophocles' Antigone, Home Fire is an urgent, fiercely compelling story of loyalties torn apart when love and politics collide - confirming Kamila Shamsie as a master storyteller of our times.'
This meeting will be at Haz St. Paul's, where we will have an outdoor table, weather permitting. In the case of poor weather, we may have to resort to Zoom rather than an indoor table, though we will broach that discussion if needed.
For our September meeting, we will read the 2019 joint winner of the Booker prize, Bernardine Evaristo's Girl, Woman, Other.
'Girl, Woman, Other follows the lives and struggles of twelve very different characters. Mostly women, black and British, they tell the stories of their families, friends and lovers, across the country and through the years.
Joyfully polyphonic and vibrantly contemporary, this is a gloriously new kind of history, a novel of our times: celebratory, ever-dynamic and utterly irresistible.'
This meeting will be in an outdoor area of a restaurant in central London (exact location TBD, and will be updated accordingly when available).