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Enjoy Franzen, Rushdie, and Ishiguro? Love you some Dickens, Austen, and Dostoevsky? This is a club for fans of proper books, both old and new. We love the latest literary fiction and the classics. We also do social events these days too! So if you like reading, debating, and debauchery (ok, well the first two), then join us!

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The Third Policeman by Flann O'Brien

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THE THIRD POLICEMAN by FLANN O'BRIEN

The Third Policeman is Flann O'Brien's brilliantly dark comic novel about the nature of time, death, and existence. Told by a narrator who has committed a botched robbery and brutal murder, the novel follows him and his adventures in a two-dimensional police station where, through the theories of the scientist/philosopher de Selby, he is introduced to "Atomic Theory" and its relation to bicycles, the existence of eternity (which turns out to be just down the road), and de Selby's view that the earth is not round but "sausage-shaped." With the help of his newly found soul named "Joe," he grapples with the riddles and

contradictions that three eccentric policeman present to him.
The last of O'Brien's novels to be published, The Third Policeman joins O'Brien's other fiction (At Swim-Two-Birds, The Poor Mouth, The Hard Life, The Best of Myles, The Dalkey Archive) to ensure his place, along with James Joyce and Samuel Beckett, as one of Ireland's great comic geniuses.

The Damned United by David Peace

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THE DAMNED UNITED

The hugely acclaimed novel of '70s football and the turmoil of the game's most charismatic and controversial manager

In 1974 the brilliant and controversial Brian Clough made perhaps his most eccentric decision: he accepted the position of Leeds United manager. A successor to Don Revie, his bitter adversary, Clough was to last just 44 days.

In one of the most acclaimed British novels of recent years - subsequently made into a film starring Michael Sheen - David Peace takes us into the mind and thoughts of Ol' Big 'Ead himself, and brings vividly to life one of football's most complex and fascinating characters.

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