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February Main Meetup
There was something of an End of Days feeling about the first book club meeting of 2018 as attendance was severely impacted by the Aussie Flu currently doing the rounds (hope you are all feeling better soon). The survivors, though, had a good time discussing, appropriately, two dystopian novels. The contemporary one, The Last of Us, was much better recieved than the “classic” Brave New World which was reflected in their respective scores of 66 and 39. Some fantastic books were nominated for our February meetup from which we chose to make a visit to Eastern Germany to explore life after the fall of the Berlin Wall with the non fiction Stasiland and a trip north to read the novel that spawned the Shetland TV series; Raven Black. Happy reading! Stasiland by Anna Funder (nominated by Claire) In 1989, the Berlin Wall fell; shortly afterwards the two Germanies reunited, and East Germany ceased to exist. In a country where the headquarters of the secret police can become a museum literally overnight, and one in 50 East Germans were informing on their countrymen and women, there are a thousand stories just waiting to get out. Anna Funder tells extraordinary tales from the underbelly of the former East Germany - she meets Miriam, who as a 16-year-old might have started World War III, visits the man who painted the line which became the Berlin Wall and gets drunk with the legendary "Mik Jegger" of the East, once declared by the authorities to his face to "no longer to exist". Raven Black by Ann Cleeves (nominated by David) Raven Black is the first book in Ann Cleeves' Shetland series - filmed as the major BBC1 drama starring Douglas Henshall, Shetland. It is a cold January morning and Shetland lies buried beneath a deep layer of snow. Trudging home, Fran Hunter's eye is drawn to a vivid splash of colour on the white ground, ravens circling above. It is the strangled body of her teenage neighbour Catherine Ross. As Fran opens her mouth to scream, the ravens continue their deadly dance . . . The locals on the quiet island stubbornly focus their gaze on one man - loner and simpleton Magnus Tait. But when police insist on opening out the investigation a veil of suspicion and fear is thrown over the entire community. For the first time in years, Catherine's neighbours nervously lock their doors, whilst a killer lives on in their midst. Other books nominated were: All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin The Power by Naomi Alderman How to Stop Time by Matt Haig Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman All That Man Is by David Szalay


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