Book Club June-Dec 2015 Programme

8th July Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout        Winner, 2009 Pulitzer Prize; 2014 HBO mini-series

Olive KitteridgeAt times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town of Crosby, Maine, and in the world at large, but she doesn’t always recognize the changes in those around her.

As the townspeople grapple with their problems, mild and dire, Olive is brought to a deeper understanding of herself and her life–sometimes painfully, but always with ruthless honesty. Olive Kitteridge offers profound insights into the human condition–its conflicts, its tragedies and joys, and the endurance it requires. 


26th August Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde

 Hundreds of years in the future, after the ‘Something that Happened’, the world is an alarmingly Shades of greydifferent place. Life is lived according to The Rulebook and social hierarchy is determined by your perception of colour.

Eddie Russett is an above average Red who dreams of moving up the ladder by marriage to Constance Oxblood. Until he is sent to the Outer Fringes where he meets Jane – a lowly Grey with an uncontrollable temper and a desire to see him killed.

Part social satire, part romance, part revolutionary thriller, Shades of Grey tells of a battle against overwhelming odds.


14th October The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer           Winner Costa Book of the Year, 2013

The shock of the fallThe story of Matthew and Simon: two brothers who are separated yet united by a tragic accident. Exploring themes of loss, grief and mental illness, the novel transports the reader directly into the mind of Matthew and his decent into madness as he confronts his role in the boyhood death of his older brother ten years earlier.

“Comparisons with Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time are apt; both writers capture young people with aplomb, and describe illnesses of the mind in ways that convey the pain and confusion powerfully while maintaining dark humour.” The Independent

 18th November Gone to Ground by Marie Jalowicz Simon

 Berlin 1941. Marie Jalowicz Simon, a nineteen-year-old Jewish woman, makes an extraordinary Gone to grounddecision. All around her, Jews are being rounded up for deportation, forced labour and extermination. Marie takes off the yellow star and vanishes into the city.

In the years that follow, Marie lives under an assumed identity, moving between almost twenty different safe houses. She stays with foreign workers, committed communists and even convinced Nazis. Any false move might lead to arrest. Always on the move, never certain who could be trusted and how far, it was her quick-witted determination and the most amazing and hair-raising strokes of luck that ensured her survival.





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