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It can seem daunting coming along to a meeting for the first time on your own. We have all experienced those feelings at our first meeting, not knowing what to expect. The meetup is called a Book Gang, but it's not that sort of gang. New people come along to every meeting. New faces and points of view are welcomed at every meeting. It is social and friendly, with the book a theme with which the evening revolves around, but with wider ideas and issues discussed.

Rebels, book lovers, dreamers and those who love discussing interesting books, you are all welcome here. Why a 'Gang' and not a Book Club? Well Book Clubs are cosy, quaint places..

The Book Gang is meant to be a place where we read challenging titles, across different cultures and then come together to discuss it all. EVERYONE is welcome. Whether you're a fan of the classics (or however you define them) or whether you just fancy a good discussion around literature. The Exeter Book Gang is all about lively discussion and debate around books we're reading as a group as well as a social evening where you can meet new like minded people that share a common interest.

I try and have two or three forthcoming meetings listed as some people need more time to plan ahead their reading and because not everyone can come to every meeting or fancy every book choice. Meetings will be held approximately every two to three weeks, so if you can't make one, a new meeting is not too far away.

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#27 - Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

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This month's book selected by Becky, a non fiction book choice that should generate some interesting discussions. Discover Jonathan Safran Foer's eye-opening and life-changing account of the meat we eat 'Should be compulsory reading. A genuine masterwork. Read this book. It will change you' Time Out 'Shocking, incandescent, brilliant' The Times 'Everyone who eats flesh should read this book' Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall 'Universally compelling. Jonathan Safran Foer's book changed me' Natalie Portman 'Gripping [and] original. A brilliant synthesis of argument, science and storytelling. One of the finest books ever written on the subject of eating animals' Times Literary Supplement 'Horrifying, eloquent, timely' Spectator 'If you eat meat and fish, you should read this book. Even if you don't, you should. It might bring the beginning of a change of heart about all living things' Joanna Lumley Eating Animals is the most original and urgent book on the subject of food written this century. It will change the way you think, and change the way you eat. For good. Whether you're flirting with veganuary, trying to cut back on animal consumption, or a lifelong meat-eater, you need to read this book. Review A spirited, emotional and well-researched investigation into what our taste for flesh really means Observer Deserves a place at the table with our greatest philosophers Los Angeles Times Shocking, incandescent, brilliant The Times Everyone who eats flesh should read this book -- Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall Extremely smart and incredibly curious Vanity Fair Gripping, horrible, wonderful, breathtaking, original. A brilliant synthesis of argument, science and storytelling. One of the finest books ever written on the subject of eating animals -- The Times Literary Supplement About the Author Jonathan Safran Foer is the author ofEverything Is Illuminated, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Eating Animals andHere I Am. He has also edited a new modern edition of the sacred JewishHaggadah. Everything Is Illuminated won several literary prizes, including the National Jewish Book Award and theGuardian First Book Award. He edited the anthology A Convergence of Birds: Original Fiction and Poetry Inspired by the Work of Joseph Cornell, and his stories have been published in the Paris Review, Conjunctionsand the New Yorker. Jonathan Safran Foer teaches Creative Writing at New York University.

#28 - Normal People by Sally Rooney

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One of my choices this time. Her previous book showed a beautiful, relaxed writing style that couldn't be put down. Will the followup be as well written? Description Product description THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES AND TOP FIVE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A BBC ONE DRAMA ADAPTATION CURRENTLY IN PRODUCTION WINNER OF THE COSTA NOVEL AWARD 2018 WINNER OF THE AN POST IRISH BOOK AWARDS NOVEL OF THE YEAR WINNER OF NOVEL OF THE YEAR AND BOOK OF THE YEAR AT THE BRITISH BOOK AWARDS WINNER OF THE SPECSAVERS NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS INTERNATIONAL AUTHOR OF THE YEAR LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018 LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2019 Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in the west of Ireland, but the similarities end there. In school, Connell is popular and well-liked, while Marianne is a loner. But when the two strike up a conversation - awkward but electrifying - something life-changing begins. Normal People is a story of mutual fascination, friendship and love. It takes us from that first conversation to the years beyond, in the company of two people who try to stay apart but find they can't. 'The literary phenomenon of the decade.' - Guardian

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#26 My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

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