Category Archives: Books
Our next book:
‘There was music from my neighbour’s house through the summer nights. In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whispering and the champagne and the stars’.
Go back to a summer in the 1920’s Jazz Age by reading The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald.
Amid the parties, the dancing, the drinking and the glamour – the American Dream went sour.
What went wrong?
Was Daisy Buchanan to blame?
Have you seen the new film? How does it compare to the book?
The book chosen for April is A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks.
OK, it’s April, but it feels like December in the UK!
We’re not the only group reading it – it’s the Cityread London book choice, and book groups and individuals all over London will be reading it at the same time. Find out more about Cityread London, including loads of events for all ages throughout the capital.
Have you read it? Will you read it? And… is it any good?!?
But has Winston Smith’s wrestle with oppression stood the test of time and remained chilling?
And do you hear the term Big Brother and think ‘Oh great, when is that coming back on TV ?’ rather than ‘I really must read 1984’.
And for our next group read:
His Last Bow by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
This is a spy story and one of the last outings for Holmes and Watson. It is in a collection of 7 (or 8) short stories, you can read them all or just the title story – your choice.
There are copies in lots of our libraries and if you need to reserve one there will be no charges made for this service.
So grab yourself a copy and perhaps comment as you are reading, rather than waiting until you have finished it.
“There’s an east wind coming, Watson.”
“I think not, Holmes. It is very warm.”
“Good old Watson! You are the one fixed point in a changing age. There’s an east wind coming all the same, such a wind as never blew on England yet. It will be cold and bitter, Watson, and a good many of us may wither before its blast. But it’s God’s own wind none the less, and a cleaner, better, stronger land will lie in the sunshine when the storm has cleared.”
A patriotic passage from the story which has often been quoted.
We could celebrate the birth of the London Underground – 150 years on 9 January – by reading a book set on the Bakerloo line?
253 by Geoff Ryman is a novel about 252 passengers and 1 driver during a journey from Embankment to Elephant and Castle. Their personal histories, thoughts about themselves and other passengers are described on one page for each character. Perfect to dip into when on the tube or the bus.
Anyone have any other ideas?