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Idea for one off Meetup - Quiz the Author

From: Eleanor
Sent on: Monday, April 30, 2012 6:34 PM

Hi everyone,

just thought I'd email everyone to canvass opinion on an idea I've had for an extra Meetup.  A local author contacted me this week to ask whether or not our Book Group would be interested in reading his new novel... obviously a shameless attempt by him to sell more copies of his new book, but he did offer to come along and talk about the book.  I told him that because of the way we pick our books, I couldn't guarantee his would be chosen to be read at a normal meeting, but I got thinking about his offer to come along to a meeting and I had an idea...  What if we held a one off event, sort of "quiz the author"?  I'm not sure if it would work, but I'd be keen to see if any of you were interested.  I'll give you a link to his book so you can have a look and see what it's about, and price (it's a LOT cheaper if you have a kindle) and let me know your thoughts.  If there's lots of enthusiasm for this idea, then I'll get back in touch with the author and try and arrange a date for him to come and speak to us. 


Anyway, let me know!  I would be wanting a reasonable attendance for him if we went ahead, so I won't organise it unless I get a reasonable amount of positive noises.  And for those of you that like to be critical, I advised him we could be quite vocal in our dislike of certain books, and it was incredibly rare that we were all positive about a book so he could be in for some harsh comments, but he seemed ok with that!


The link for the book is:

Briefly, it's set during the Malaya crisis and the blurb is

Malaya 1957 and a country on the brink of independence. Acting on secret intelligence a Gurkha patrol from the British Army is sent deep into the jungle to ambush a group of Chinese Communist Terrorists. It is accompanied by Alick Gordon, a young officer from the Scottish Border Regiment, Arthur Bryant, a seasoned District Superintendent from the Special Branch of the Malayan Police and Jalil, a tracker and guide from the local orang asli people. The Communist Unit is led by Hor Too, a renowned and ruthless jungle fighter and is accompanied by Ah Sim, a female member of the Politburo. The tide has turned for the Communists due to the successful counter-insurgency campaign, where the phrase winning the 'hearts and minds' of a population was first coined. The outcome of the ambush is unexpected and Alick Gordon is deeply affected by some of the deaths. In the days after independence (Merdeka) he takes a short break and makes a journey across Malaya. He finds comfort and solace in the company of those he meets, and one person will change his life forever.


Hope to hear from you!


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