What we're about

If you enjoy reading and discussing modern and classic literature, you would be most welcome to join this Nottingham book club, which was Inspired by The High Low podcast by Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes. We meet on the 1st Saturday of each month (currently online) to share our thoughts and opinions relating to the chosen book of the month which we read in advance. At the end of each session we announce the book for the following month so you have plenty of time to enjoy it. The host generally compiles a list of questions to help develop the discussion but equally members are welcome to bring their own research about the themes and ideas in the books to the meetings. We don't always agree about what the main themes of the book are or what the authors intent is in writing the book, however we aim to create a relaxed and friendly atmosphere where everyone is encouraged to join in the conversation and everybody's opinions are respected and valued. In order to give every participant the opportunity to contribute to the discussion, we limit the number of attendees for each session.

The sessions generally last for about an hour and you are most welcome to provide your own coffee and cake or other favourite snacks!

If you have any further questions about the group please don't hesitate to contact one of us. We look forward to meeting you soon.

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High Low Inspired Book Club - September 2022 SORROW AND BLISS by Meg Mason

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Looking forward to seeing you in September for, what promises to be, another great discussion...

A compulsively readable debut novel - spiky, sharp, intriguingly dark, and tender - about a woman on the edge ...
Martha Friel just turned forty. Once, she worked at Vogue and planned to write a novel. Now, she creates internet content. She used to live in a pied-à-terre in Paris. Now she lives in a gated community in Oxford, the only person she knows without a PhD, a baby or both, in a house she hates but cannot bear to leave. But she must leave, now that her husband Patrick—the kind who cooks, throws her birthday parties, who loves her and has only ever wanted her to be happy—has just moved out.

Because there's something wrong with Martha, and has been for a long time. When she was seventeen, a little bomb went off in her brain and she was never the same. But countless doctors, endless therapy, every kind of drug later, she still doesn't know what's wrong, why she spends days unable to get out of bed or alienates both strangers and her loved ones with casually cruel remarks.

And she has nowhere to go except her childhood home: a bohemian (dilapidated) townhouse in a romantic (rundown) part of London—to live with her mother, a minorly important sculptor (and major drinker) and her father, a famous poet (though unpublished) and try to survive without the devoted, potty-mouthed sister who made all the chaos bearable back then, and is now too busy or too fed up to deal with her.

But maybe, by starting over, Martha will get to write a better ending for herself—and she'll find out that she's not quite finished after all.

Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason: Summary and reviews (bookbrowse.com)

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High Low Inspired Book Club - August 2022 The Bees by Laline Paull

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