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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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How Much of These Hills is Gold by C Pam Zhang

Online event

PLEASE NOTE : THIS IS AN ONLINE EVENT You will be sent the Zoom link invite via your Meetup messages a few days prior to the event. Our theme for November is a novel from the Booker longlist. LONGLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2020 'The boldest debut of the year . . . It is refreshing to discover a new author of such grand scale, singular focus and blistering vision' Observer America. In the twilight of the Gold Rush, two siblings cross a landscape with a gun in their hands and the body of their father on their backs . . . Ba dies in the night, Ma is already gone. Lucy and Sam, twelve and eleven, are suddenly alone and on the run. With their father's body on their backs, they roam an unforgiving landscape dotted with giant buffalo bones and tiger paw prints, searching for a place to give him a proper burial. How Much of These Hills is Gold is a sweeping adventure tale, an unforgettable sibling story and a remarkable novel about a family bound and divided by its memories. 'The 19th-century American West is the setting for C Pam Zhang's impressive debut. Rickety wagons, gambling dens, dusty towns and dodgy outlaws stalk its pages . . . How Much of These Hills is Gold breaks the mould [as a] revisionist immigrant fable of the making of the West . . . a daring and haunting epic' Sunday Times 'A truly gifted writer' Sebastian Barry, two-time Costa Book of the Year winner 'Pure gold' Emma Donoghue, Booker-shortlisted author of Room 'Dazzling' Daisy Johnson, Booker-shortlisted author of Everything Under A GWYNETH PALTROW BOOK CLUB PICK We are not a book club with rules however we do recognise that there are some constraints of an online group and would like to make the following suggestions: 1. Those on the attendance list will be sent a Zoom invitation via our Meetup site 24 hrs prior to the event. Please check your messages on Meetup to obtain the link. Alternatively if you would prefer to receive your invite via email please message Emma (event host) with your email address and we'll happily send you the link directly. 3. Please try to arrive promptly. You can click the invitation link a few minutes prior to the official start time if you want to familiarise yourself with the platform and check that others can hear you. 4. How much you contribute is entirely up to yourself, there is no pressure if you mainly want to listen however we do request that you introduce yourself when you first log on and also say good bye if you decide to leave early.

The Goalkeeper's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick by Peter Handke

Our Christmas book club meeting. Mince pies and tinsel are optional but highly encouraged! PLEASE NOTE : THIS IS AN ONLINE EVENT You will be sent the Zoom link invite via your Meetup messages a few days prior to the event. WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE 'Portrays the breakdown of a murderer in ways that recall Camus' The Stranger' The New York Times Joseph Bloch, a once-famous goalkeeper turned construction worker, commits a random murder without thought or regret. As he wanders the streets, from hotel to bar, cinema to tram stop, experiencing strange and violent encounters on the way, he finds himself, and everything around him, disintegrating. Told in spare and icy prose, Peter Handke's masterpiece of alienation takes apart our ideas of humanity and reality itself. 'A Kafkaesque crime novel' Los Angeles Times We are not a book club with rules however we do recognise that there are some constraints of an online group and would like to make the following suggestions: 1. Those on the attendance list will be sent a Zoom invitation via our Meetup site 24 hrs prior to the event. Please check your messages on Meetup to obtain the link. Alternatively if you would prefer to receive your invite via email please message Emma (event host) with your email address and we'll happily send you the link directly. 3. Please try to arrive promptly. You can click the invitation link a few minutes prior to the official start time if you want to familiarise yourself with the platform and check that others can hear you. 4. How much you contribute is entirely up to yourself, there is no pressure if you mainly want to listen however we do request that you introduce yourself when you first log on and also say good bye if you decide to leave early.

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