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Our book discussion evening, usually on the second Tuesday of the month, is when we share views and gain new insights into our chosen book. This is a moderated discussion, and everyone has the chance to contribute. The discussion is often lively, but never gets personal. All views and opinions are respected.

We love to socialise and new members are always welcome. There's plenty of time to get to know the rest of the group before, during and after the meeting. There are some notes to help you here (https://1drv.ms/w/s!AiagkDafLioJgpt0GA2x0vUpLO5Lsg?e=Ux9dot).

As well as our monthly book discussion, we have regular theatre nights and social events. Suggestions for nights out are always welcome.

Anyone who loves reading books and talking about them should join us. Books are always chosen by a democratic vote. This often leads us to some surprising places, but everyone finds it rewarding to read books that they might not have otherwise picked up.

For a list of the books we have read so far, look here (https://1drv.ms/w/s!AiagkDafLioJgpt8BTYJ86dCLW9Rfg?e=PjBYmj). Although there is a wide variety, we mostly read fiction of a middle- to highbrow quality.

There is no charge for our meetings.

Upcoming events (3)

Monthly Book Discussion - 'The Glass Hotel' by Emily St. John Mandel

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE.
Due to diary clashes at The Victoria, we have moved to the third Tuesday, 19th October.

About the book:

Emily St John Mandel plants her flag where the ordinary and the astonishing meet; where everyday people pause to wonder how, exactly, it came to this. She is our bard of waking up in the wrong time line.

'The Glass Hotel' is a captivating novel of money, beauty, crime, and moral compromise in which a woman disappears from a container ship off the coast of Mauritania and a massive Ponzi scheme implodes in New York, dragging countless fortunes with it.

The flawed and struggling characters must deal with the consequences of their actions in a world of misfortune and unearned rewards.
(320 pages)

About the meeting:

Everyone is welcome to our monthly Book Discussion. We share views and impressions of our chosen book in a moderated discussion. Opinions are often divided, but the debate is always friendly and respectful. The meeting proper begins at 8.00 and lasts two hours with a half-time drinks break. There is more socialising time before and after the meeting.

Bi-Monthly Long Book Discussion - 'Wolf Hall' by Hilary Mantel

About the meeting:

Our first bi-monthly long read was a great success, so we are going to keep this pattern going, in parallel with our traditional monthly discussions of more modestly sized books.

Everyone is welcome to our BI-monthly Book Discussion. We share views and impressions of our chosen LONG book in a moderated discussion. Opinions are often divided, but the debate is always friendly and respectful.

Informal chat starts at 7.30. The meeting proper begins at 8.00 and lasts two hours with a half-time drinks break.

This event is going to be held via Zoom video conference. If you're interested in attending, please confirm attendance here and then message the Host/Organizer for joining details. The meeting is limited to 25 participants.

There is no charge for attendance.

About the book:

The first novel in her Man Booker double award-winning 'Wolf Hall' trilogy sealed Hilary Mantel’s reputation as one of Britain’s greatest living writers. Bursting with life and colour and peopled by complex, fully-realised characters, it’s impossible to imagine a more convincing and thoroughly immersive historical novel.

By turns shocking, moving and grippingly paced, Mantel makes drawing out the complex machinations of the Tudor court seem an effortless, mesmerising dance. Central to it all is the shrewd, ambitious and frightening figure of Thomas Cromwell.

'Lock Cromwell in a deep dungeon in the morning,' says Thomas More, 'and when you come back that night he'll be sitting on a plush cushion eating larks' tongues, and all the gaolers will owe him money.'

(672 pages)

Theatre night. 'Jarman' at the OJS Theatre

The Old Joint Stock

A mighty spirit is about to reawaken. Yours.

Derek Jarman: film-maker, painter, gardener at Prospect Cottage, activist, writer...his influence remains as strong as it was on the day AIDS killed him in 1994. But his story, one of the most extraordinary lives ever lived, has never been told. Until now.

This vibrant new solo play written and performed by Mark Farrelly (Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope, Howerd's End) brings Derek back into being for a passionate, daring reminder of the courage it takes to truly live while you're alive. A journey from Dungeness to deepest, brightest Soho and into the heart of one of our most iconoclastic artists.

Meet in the bar at the Old Joint Stock from 7.30 pm. The performance starts at 8.00 pm.

Please book your tickets online here: https://www.oldjointstock.co.uk/whats-on/jarman. Price £15. Once you have your ticket then RSVP from this page.

Please ensure you book for the evening performance, not the matinee!

Tickets are fully refundable in the event of COVID related cancellation of the show.

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