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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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#58 - ONLINE VERSION - Wilding by Isabella Tree

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This is a Zoom meeting version. As voted for by the book gang and joint winner, we will be reading Wilding by Isabella Tree (a pen name I wonder?) Product Description 'The most inspirational book I've read in years. In every chapter, new species return.’ - Caitlin Moran (on Twitter) In Wilding, Isabella Tree tells the story of the ‘Knepp experiment’, a pioneering rewilding project in West Sussex, using free-roaming grazing animals to create new habitats for wildlife. Part gripping memoir, part fascinating account of the ecology of our countryside, Wilding is, above all, an inspiring story of hope. Winner of the Richard Jefferies Society and White Horse Book Shop Literary Prize. Forced to accept that intensive farming on the heavy clay of their land at Knepp was economically unsustainable, Isabella Tree and her husband Charlie Burrell made a spectacular leap of faith: they decided to step back and let nature take over. Thanks to the introduction of free-roaming cattle, ponies, pigs and deer – proxies of the large animals that once roamed Britain – the 3,500 acre project has seen extraordinary increases in wildlife numbers and diversity in little over a decade. Extremely rare species, including turtle doves, nightingales, peregrine falcons, lesser spotted woodpeckers and purple emperor butterflies, are now breeding at Knepp, and populations of other species are rocketing. The Burrells’ degraded agricultural land has become a functioning ecosystem again, heaving with life – all by itself. Personal and inspirational, Wilding is an astonishing account of the beauty and strength of nature, when it is given as much freedom as possible. Highly Commended by the Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize. Review This must be the most inspirational nature book of the year . . . a narrative of conservation, courage, vision and miracles... The story of what happened is thrilling . . . the Knepp Conservation Project is world-famous: a beacon of hope . . . Read this book and marvel. -- Bel Mooney, 'The Year's Best Books on Nature', Daily Mail Particularly timely . . . an excellent primer, and anyone who is interested in how we share the planet ― what it looks like, what we eat, and what nature can teach us ― should read this book., Sunday Times A poignant, practical and moving story of how to fix our broken land, this should be conservation's salvation; this should be its future; this is a new hope. -- Chris Packham, presenter of The Really Wild Show I recently read Wilding, by Isabella Tree, where she and her husband take their over-farmed, not-profitable estate, and rewild it. Thousands of species return. It will have you in tears. Life exploding again - the reverse of most stories today. Hugely recommend ed. -- Caitlin Moran (on Twitter) The remarkable story of an astounding transformation. -- George Monbiot, author of Feral Wilding shines brilliantly . . . . Isabella Tree writes [. . .] with infectious enthusiasm . . . The project she writes about so winningly . . . is inspirational – and inspiration is needed., Evening Standard

#59 - Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo

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This may well be my last Exeter book gang choice, so I thought I should go out with a book that I think many of you will really enjoy and that comes with some good talking points, having been accused of some dodgy selections in the past (you know who you are :) ). It is a short book that tells the story of a Korean girl growing up as a female in a male dominated society. It's a unique insight to another culture. Hope you enjoy it. https://www.waterstones.com/book/kim-jiyoung-born-1982/cho-nam-joo/jamie-chang/9781471184284 Description The multi-million copy selling, international bestseller. Kim Jiyoung is a girl born to a mother whose in-laws wanted a boy. Kim Jiyoung is a sister made to share a room while her brother gets one of his own. Kim Jiyoung is a female preyed upon by male teachers at school. Kim Jiyoung is a daughter whose father blames her when she is harassed late at night. Kim Jiyoung is a good student who doesn't get put forward for internships. Kim Jiyoung is a model employee but gets overlooked for promotion. Kim Jiyoung is a wife who gives up her career and independence for a life of domesticity. Kim Jiyoung has started acting strangely.

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#57 - ONLINE VERSION - Erebus by Michael Palin

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