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Two classic books prompted some quite differing views at our July session – which is just what we like!! What was less pleasing was Google limiting a session to just one hour, so thanks to everyone for bearing with the staccato style meeting. Anyway, Jane Eyre scored 78, Kidnapped a less captivating, 65.
For August we are switching from the 19th to the 21st century with a novel published a few months ago and a non-fiction modern classic from 2000.
The Handover by David Barnett (nominated by Xavier)
Daisy is the night security guard at the Manchester Museum of Social History. She takes her job very seriously, protecting the museum from teenage troublemakers.
Nate works the day shift, though he'd be more suited as a museum guide the way he chats with the visitors. Daisy doesn't approve: how does he find it so easy to talk to strangers?
For five minutes each day their shifts overlap at handover. He passes the torch over to Daisy - always with a smile on his face, and she asks him for a full report of the day, which he gives reluctantly. It's the only interaction they have... until mysterious things begin to happen at the museum.
They soon discover they have a lot more in common than they realised... and their investigations uncover more than just the truth. Could they have feelings for one another?
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain (nominated by David)
After twenty-five years of 'sex, drugs, bad behaviour and haute cuisine', chef and novelist Anthony Bourdain has decided to tell all.
From his first oyster in the Gironde to his lowly position as a dishwasher in a honky-tonk fish restaurant in Provincetown; from the kitchen of the Rainbow Room atop the Rockefeller Center to drug dealers in the East Village, from Tokyo to Paris and back to New York again, Bourdain's tales of the kitchen are as passionate as they are unpredictable, as shocking as they are funny.
Other books nominated were:
At Bertram’s Hotel by Agatha Christie
The Greek Islands by Lawrence Durrell
Billy Liar by Keith Waterhouse
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell