Calling all literature fans! From Austen to Tolkien, Bronte to McEwan, Hardy to Rowling. My definition of classic is anything that has had a profound impact on the literary world. Covering a wide spectrum of literature so that there is something for everyone. For anyone looking for a relaxed, informal book group with friendly faces. We will meet once a month, decide on a book over drinks/dinner, arrange outings and talk about what we've been reading lately. Looking to arrange the first meet up soon, hoping to see as many book lovers as possible!
Of Human Bondage is the first and most autobiographical of Maugham's novels, generally agreed to be his masterpiece. It is the story of Philip Carey, an orphan eager for life, love and adventure. After a few months studying in Heidelberg, and a brief spell in Paris as a would-be artist, Philip settles in London to train as a doctor. And that is where he meets Mildred, the loud but irresistible waitress with whom he plunges into a formative, tortured and masochistic affair which very nearly ruins him.
Brideshead Revisited, The Sacred & Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder is a novel by English writer Evelyn Waugh, first published in 1945. It follows, from the 1920s to the early 1940s, the life and romances of the protagonist Charles Ryder, most especially his friendship with the Flytes, a family of wealthy English Catholics who live in a palatial mansion called Brideshead Castle. Ryder has relationships with two of the Flytes: Sebastian and Julia. The novel explores themes including nostalgia for the age of English aristocracy, Catholicism, and the nearly overt homosexuality of Sebastian Flyte's eccentric friends at Oxford University.