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Book Club @ the Lass O'Gowrie, Manchester Monthly Meetup

The book up for discussion at the August meet-up is:

The Broken Shore by Peter Temple (genre: Detective Fiction)

The book up for discussion at the September meet-up is:

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey (genre: Classics which have been adapted into film)

The genre for October meeting will be Comedy.

Books read:

2013

The Tower by Simon Clark (guest author)
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury (genre: Exploration)
The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne by Brian Moore (genre: Mid-life Crisis from the female perspective)
Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse (genre: Mid-life Crisis from the male perspective)
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. (genre: 'books which have been banned')
The Lost Cosmonaut by Daniel Kalder. (genre: Non Fiction Travel Writing)
Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges (genre: Short stories)

2012

Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner (genre: American classics)
The Dark Lord of Derkholm by Diana Wynn Jones (genre: Fantasy)
The Diary of Lady Murasaki by Murasaki Shikibu (genre: Diaries)
Chinaman by Shehan Karunatilaka (genre: Sporting Fiction)
The Death of Bunny Munro by Nick Cave (genre: Novels by authors that were famous for something else before writing)
Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage to the Antarctic by Alfred Lansing (genre: Triumph over Adversity)
Absolute Beginners by Colin MacInnes (genre: beat generation)
Reading the Ceiling by Dayo Forster (genre: African Authors)
Anno Dracula by Kim Newman (genre: Horror)
The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens (genre: Dickens)
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (genre: Novels based in the future from when the book was published)
The Second Coming by John Niven (genre: comedy)

2011

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (genre: Winners or Shortlisted books from the Orange Prize from any previous year)
The Memoirs of a Survivor by Doris Lessing (genre: Social Upheaval)
The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe (genre: Space Exploration)
The Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart (no record of genre)
A Passage To India by E.M. Forester (genre: Classic Novels from[masked])
The Love of a Good Woman by Alice Munro (genre: short stories)
Manchester Man by Mrs. G. L. Banks (genre: Books related to Manchester)
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (genre: Family)
Lost in Music by Giles Smith (genre: Music)
The True Story of Titanic Thompson: The Man Who Bet on everything by Kevin Cook (genre: Autobiographies [ended up being a biography])
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis (genre: Banned Books)

2010

My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk (genre: Detective novels)
London Triptych by Jonathan Kemp (genre: The Green Carnation Prize 2010 Longlist)
The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter (Guest Author Paul Magrs recommendation)
Never The Bride by Paul Magrs (genre: Books by Paul Magrs [guest author])
Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie (genre: Political fiction)
The Fight by Norman Mailer (genre: Sport)
Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby (genre: Fictional comedy)
If I Die in a Combat Zone by Tim O'Brien (genre: War Novels)
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells (genre: Sci-Fi)
The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood (genre: Debut Novels)
The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux (genre: Travel Writing)
Four Stories by Alan Bennett (genre: short stories)

2009

Fleshmarket Close by Ian Rankin (genre: Fictional Crime)
The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry (genre: the Man Booker Prize 2008 shortlist)
The Woman In Black by Susan Hill (genre: Horror)
Googlewhack Adventure by Dave Gorman (genre: Humour)
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (genre: Modern Day Classics published between 1909 – 1959) (Voted Book of the Year 2009)
The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers (genre: Classics)
The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi (this was before we started selected genres)
Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut
Death at Intervals by Jose Saramago
The Yacoubian Building by Alaa el-Aswany

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I won't be able to get along this evening after all - shame because I really enjoyed the book. Great writing, comes at the story from a lot of angles and very vivid descriptive passages. Made me feel I was really there - and happy not to be!

    August 5, 2013

    • Katie J.

      Hi Paul, shame you couldn't make it. I think a number of people thought the same as you about the book! Hope to see you next month instead!

      August 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is it ok for me to come along despite not having read the book?

    August 5, 2013

    • Stuart B.

      It sure is :)

      August 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I haven't read it either. Only found out that I could make the meeting last week.

      August 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to the next one - wont have read the book in time for this!

    August 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just started working iin Manchester, it's great to have things to go to after work!

    August 2, 2013

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