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Theme: Death and Taxes (and other facts of life)
"... but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." wrote Benjamin Franklin in 1711.
One of the classic and very clever observations - there are two things we cannot escape, needing to provide for ourselves and the fact we are all going to shuffle off this mortal coil.
This month's theme is all about the inevitable events of life including money and death. Considering what it is to live and also to die has been a well explored topic in literature. What it is to exist, what it is to live, to be rich and to be poor all are mainstays of many well-known books. Which is odd because despite a near obsession with both, in our society money and death both tend to be taboo. Both also tend to be seen as morose and serious, but they don't have to be! There are many stories that also take a lighter look at the inevitable events of having money (or not having it) and living and dying.
Death and Taxes - Mark David Zaslove
Poor Richard's Almanack - Benjamin Franklin
Reaper Man - Terry Pratchett
The Big Short - Michael Lewis
Money - Martin Amis
& Sons -David Gilbert
The Five People You Meet in Heaven - Mitch Album
The Prince and The Pauper - Mark Twain
The Wolf of Wall Street - Jordan Belfort
John Dies at the End - David Wong
Being Mortal - Atul Gawande
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes - Caitlin Doughty
Freakanomics -Stephen J Dubner and Seven Levitt
Crazy Rich Asians -Kevin Kwan
Big Fish - Daniel Wallace
A Brief History of Seven Killings - Marlon James
The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
The Thing about Life is That One Day You will be Dead -David Shields
Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses - Bess Lovejoy
2018 is nearly done and dusted. It went fast!
To celebrate another year of great reading, of summer, of the end of another year, once again we will be gathering to eat, drink and be merry!
This year we are going to Wandering Cooks. Lovely local drinks, food and there will be a Christmas stall as well.
The Secret Santa will also make its yearly return - if you would like to take part, wrap a book (any book - old, new, classic, fiction, non fiction) and bring it along. They all go in a sack and some lucky attendee will gain a story.
So please join us to send off 2018!
Note - this is a social meetup. It's asked that you've at least attended one of our regular meetings and met some of the group.