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messageRe: Tuesday Tipplers Book Club - newbies welcome
Posted by Red_Cat 09 February, 2015 23:52

Hi all,

Well the theme I've come up with for our next book is inspired by my recent hols, as I couldn't think of anything better they're all books related to Italy. I'll post the details tomorrow or bring with me to the meeting as it's too late and I'm too tired to do it now, but this is the list, if you want to look any of them up you can also follow the amazon link:

[www.amazon.co.uk]



1. Death in Venice and Other Stories by Thomas Mann

2. Bread and Wine by Barry Menikoff et al

3. A Room With a View by E M Forster

4. Miss Garnett's Angel by Salley Vickers

5. The Leopard by Guiseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa

6. the Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith


For any new people coming we will vote for our favourite from the list at the meeting to choose our book for next month, hope that makes sense.

See you all tomorrow, Cat x



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messageRe: Tuesday Tipplers Book Club - newbies welcome
Posted by Red_Cat 10 February, 2015 17:26

Details of the list or next month:

The Talented Mr Ripley, Patricia Highsmith
One of the great crime novels of the 20th century, Patricia Highsmith's The Talented Mr. Ripley is a blend of the narrative subtlety of Henry James and the self- reflexive irony of Vladimir Nabokov. Like the best modernist fiction, Ripley works on two levels. First, it is the story of a young man, Tom Ripley, whose nihilistic tendencies lead him through a deadly passage across Europe. On another level, the novel is a commentary on fiction making and techniques of narrative persuasion. Like Humbert Humbert, Tom Ripley seduces readers to empathise with him even as his actions defy all moral standards.
The novel begins with a play on James's The Ambassadors. Tom Ripley is chosen by the wealthy Herbert Greenleaf to retrieve Greenleaf's son, Dickie, from his overlong sojourn in Italy. Dickie, it seems, is held captive both by the Mediterranean climate and the attractions of his female companion, but Mr. Greenleaf needs him back in New York to help with the family business. With an allowance and a new purpose, Tom leaves behind his dismal city apartment to begin his career as a return escort. But Tom, too, is captivated by Italy. He is also taken with the life and looks of Dickie Greenleaf. He insinuates himself into Dickie's world and soon finds that his passion for a lifestyle of wealth and sophistication transcends all moral compunction. Tom will become Dickie Greenleaf--at all costs. Precisely plotted, stylishly written and kept alert by an icy wit: a cool little classic of its kind.

Death in Venice and Other Stories, Thomas Mann
Death in Venice is a story of obsession. Gustave von Aschenbach is a successful but ageing writer who travels to Venice for a holiday. One day, at dinner, Aschenbach notices an exceptionally beautiful young boy who is staying with his family in the same hotel. Soon his days begin to revolve around seeing this boy and he is too distracted to pay attention to the ominous rumours that have begun to circulate about disease spreading through the city. One of the great European writers of the twentieth century, Thomas Mann is one of those figures who still looms large over literature. 'Death in Venice' is regarded as one of his finest works, forming an appropriate ending to this collection, but many of the other stories in this volume are also excellent and worthy of any thoughtful reader's time.

Bread and Wine, by Barry Menikoff, Ignazio Silone, Eric Mosbacher
Bread and Wine is an anti-fascist and anti-Stalinist novel written by Ignazio Silone. It was finished while the author was in exile from Benito Mussolini's Italy and first published in 1936. The book chronicles the return of the main character, Pietro Spina, to Italy, disguised as a priest. Spina's hope is to restore the socialist revolution while in hiding, but learns the importance of other simpler ways of life. He is sent to a small, remote mountain village to recuperate from an illness and, while there, gains and understanding of the simple ways of the peasant folk. These people are not interested in "idealogical" revolution but know only about waking up and putting a long hard day in at the fields and returning home and going to bed...only to get up and do it all over again. Bread and wine is their sustenance. Religious symbolism is abundant in this novel which is basically about the rebirth of Pietro Spina into "true" Christianity/Religion /Manliness. The relationships that he develops are beautifully and simply written in the novel.

A Room With A View, E.M. Forster
A ROOM WITH A VIEW is one of the finest "novels of manners" ever written, a hilarious satire of the excessive propriety and mannerisms of the English in an age of repression. It is also the love story of a young woman stuck in this repressive English culture who is transformed by romantic Italy and awakened to love when she meets the true love of her life there without even knowing it... but will she realize this before it's too late?

Miss Garnet’s Angel, Salley Vickers
There is something very old-fashioned and reassuring about Sally Vickers' novel Miss Garnet's Angel. The themes, self-discovery and redemption have the air of a bygone age, despite the novel being set in contemporary Venice in a world of holiday apartment lets and Pizza Express-funded restoration works. Julia Garnet is a middle-aged woman who has been practising economies of the spirit for years. Hers is a closed-in world, dusty with Marx's theories and when her friend and flatmate of 30 years dies Julia decides to spend the six winter months in Venice to recuperate from her loss. Miss Garnet is a dignified, brusque heroine and Sally Vickers' prose is likewise unruffled and controlled. Miss Garnet's epiphanies are as quiet and subtle as the "oro pallido" (pale gold) light in early Italian Art because, of course, art plays a part in this Venetian tale of emotional reawakening. Julia is moved by the depiction of Raphael in Guardis Tobias and the Angel: "something rusty and hard shifted deep inside Julia Garnet as she stood absorbing the vivid dewy painting and the unmistakable compassion in the angel's bright glance." She falls in love with Carlo, an art historian with crinkly eyes, white hair and a moustache. There are trials and tribulations to be undergone, Julia must unlearn all her old regimented ways of life, and this brings about heart ache and hurt. However, Vickers handles this with delicate sympathy, giving Julia Garnet a new sensitive view of the world, and the reader a resonant story of transformation.

The Leopard, Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa
The Leopard (Italian: Il Gattopardo) chronicles the changes in Sicilian life and society during the Risorgimento. Published posthumously in 1958 by Feltrinelli it became the top-selling novel in Italian history and is considered one of the most important novels in modern Italian literature. The novel is the story of Don Fabrizio Corbera, Prince of Salina, a 19th-century Sicilian nobleman caught in the midst of civil war and revolution. As a result of political upheaval, the prince's position in the island's class system is eroded by newly moneyed peasants and "shabby minor gentry." As the novel progresses, the Prince is forced to choose between upholding the continuity of upper class values, and breaking tradition to secure continuity of his (nephew's) family's influence ("everything needs to change, so everything can stay the same"). A central theme of the story is the struggle between mortality and decay (death, fading of beauty, fading of memories, change of political system, false relics etc.), and abstraction and eternity (the prince's love for the stars and calculations, continuity and resilience to change of the Sicilian people). In a letter to a friend, the author notes: "Be careful: the dog Bendicò, is a very important character and is almost the key to the novel". This heraldic emblem is the key to destruction, in the sense that ruin comes even to the dog.

messageRe: Tuesday Tipplers Book Club - newbies welcome
Posted by Obi1 10 February, 2015 21:52

So sorry guys...I've just realised (from my bed) that I completely forgot to pay for my glass of wine! I'll pay whoever I need to back at the next one. So so sorry! Lovely meeting you all x

messageRe: Tuesday Tipplers Book Club - newbies welcome
Posted by N-unit 10 February, 2015 22:01

Oh my god we didnt either!!
So so sorry, will also pay back 😁 thanks.

messageRe: Tuesday Tipplers Book Club - newbies welcome
Posted by Alec John Moore 10 February, 2015 22:36

No worries, they waived the coffees and a kind Scottish person paid for the wine. Looking forward to discussing A room with a view at the same time on 17th March.



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messageRe: Tuesday Tipplers Book Club - newbies welcome
Posted by T-unit 11 February, 2015 07:25

Thank you kind tipplers and Scottish person. We will reimburse next time. Lovely to meet you all, see you next month!

messageRe: Tuesday Tipplers Book Club - newbies welcome
Posted by N-unit 16 March, 2015 19:34

Hello all, probably very predictable with it being St Patrick's Day tomorrow... but my theme is Irish based!

Choices are as follows:

1. The Ginger Man - J P Donleavy
Feckless, unwashed, charming, penurious Sebastian Balfe Dangerfield, Trinity College Law student, Irish American with an English Accent, maroon in the ould country and dreaming of dollars and ready women, stumbles from the public house to the pawnbrokers, murmuring delusive enticements in the ear of any girl who'll listen, in delirious search of freedom, wealth, and the recognition he feels is his due. Lyrical and ribald, illuminating, poignant and hugely entertaining, The Ginger Man is a work of authentic comic genius.


2. Angela's Ashes - Frank McCourt
Stunning reissue of the phenomenal worldwide bestseller: Frank McCourt's sad, funny, bittersweet memoir of growing up in New York in the 30s and in Ireland in the 40s.
It is a story of extreme hardship and suffering, in Brooklyn tenements and Limerick slums – too many children, too little money, his mother Angela barely coping as his father Malachy's drinking bouts constantly brings the family to the brink of disaster. It is a story of courage and survival against apparently overwhelming odds.


3. Eureka Street - Robert McLiam Wilson
Eureka Street is a story of Belfast in the six months just before and after the latest ceasefires. It is the story of Chuckie Lurgan, fat, Protestant and poor, who suddenly becomes wealthy by various legal but immoral means; and of Jake Jackson, Catholic reformed tough guy, who has been abandoned by his English girlfriend and is looking for love. Meanwhile the strange letters 'OTG' start appearing on walls and paving stones throughout the city.


4. Amongst Women - John McGahern
Moran is an old Republican whose life was forever transformed by his days of glory as a guerilla leader in the War of Independence. Now, in old age, living out in the country, Moran is still fighting - with his family, his friends, even himself - in a poignant struggle to come to terms with the past.


5. The Screwtape Letters - CS Lewis
A milestone in the history of popular theology, ‘The Screwtape Letters’ is an iconic classic on spiritual warfare and the power of the devil.
This profound and striking narrative takes the form of a series of letters from Screwtape, a devil high in the Infernal Civil Service, to his nephew Wormwood, a junior colleague engaged in his first mission on earth trying to secure the damnation of a young man who has just become a Christian. Although the young man initially looks to be a willing victim, he changes his ways and is ‘lost’ to the young devil.


6. A History of Loneliness - John Boyne
Odran Yates enters Clonliffe Seminary in 1972 after his mother informs him that he has a vocation to the priesthood. He goes in full of ambition and hope, dedicated to his studies and keen to make friends.
Forty years later, Odran’s devotion has been challenged by the revelations that have shattered the Irish people’s faith in the church. He has seen friends stand trial, colleagues jailed, the lives of young parishioners destroyed and has become nervous of venturing out in public for fear of disapproving stares and insulting remarks.
But when a family tragedy opens wounds from his past, he is forced to confront the demons that have raged within a once respected institution and recognise his own complicity in their propagation.


I can't make tomorrow unfortunately due to family commitments but hopefully next month, let me know which book you decide.

Thanks, enjoy!

messageRe: Tuesday Tipplers Book Club - newbies welcome
Posted by Alec John Moore 16 March, 2015 20:06

Thanks N, see you next time.

messageRe: Tuesday Tipplers Book Club - newbies welcome
Posted by overcaffeinated 17 March, 2015 17:02

Hi all - not certain that I'll make it tonight (busy week...) so getting my votes in just in case! The Ginger Man and Eureka Street. Interesting list - thanks!

Cheers, Tash

messageRe: Tuesday Tipplers Book Club - newbies welcome
Posted by susan_ 17 March, 2015 17:40

Hi everyone, I neglected to put book club in my diary and so am travelling for work today and won't make it back to London in time.

Good list! I put my votes in for Ginger man and Screwtape Letters.

I'm sorry to miss the discussion as I really enjoyed rereading Room with a View, laughed out loud at the Freddie George Beeb scene at the pond and particularly enjoyed the 'swimming in a salad' description smiling smiley

If you're short a volunteer for next month's list, I'll do it (but equally happy not to!)

messageRe: Tuesday Tipplers Book Club - newbies welcome
Posted by Red_Cat 17 March, 2015 18:02

Sorry not sure if I'm going to make it or not either as stuck at work not sure when I'll get off. Enjoyed room with a view.

messageRe: Tuesday Tipplers Book Club - newbies welcome
Posted by Alec John Moore 17 March, 2015 18:30

I'll be there. Not sure about Room with a view.

messageRe: Tuesday Tipplers Book Club - newbies welcome
Posted by T-unit 17 March, 2015 21:55

So sorry I wasn't able to make tonight, last minute site meetings meant Id have only caught the tail end of it.
My vote would be either Angela's Ashes or a History of Loneliness. Both seem equally upbeat. Brilliant list there smiling smiley

messageRe: Tuesday Tipplers Book Club - newbies welcome
Posted by T-unit 23 March, 2015 19:05

Hello all! Not sure if I've missed something .. Do we have a decision for next time?

messageRe: Tuesday Tipplers Book Club - newbies welcome
Posted by Alec John Moore 23 March, 2015 21:10

Hi, we weren't quite quorate enough to cast a vote last week so I've created a doodle poll to help us decide: [doodle.com]

Alec

messageRe: Tuesday Tipplers Book Club - newbies welcome
Posted by overcaffeinated 31 March, 2015 08:32

Looks like a tie between The Ginger Man and History of Loneliness; how do we decide which..?! Anyone not voted?



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messageRe: Tuesday Tipplers Book Club - newbies welcome
Posted by Alec John Moore 31 March, 2015 23:36

The Ginger Man it is according to the poll. Shall I do another poll to settle the date? Alec

messageRe: Tuesday Tipplers Book Club - newbies welcome
Posted by Red_Cat 01 April, 2015 00:03

Yes please, I like these polls.

messageRe: Tuesday Tipplers Book Club - newbies welcome
Posted by susan_ 06 April, 2015 10:02

Here's the poll for the dates of the next meeting - [doodle.com]

Please would you state your availability in the poll by end of day Wednesday 8 April? The majority date wins and I'll post to the forum on Thursday, confirming.

messageRe: Tuesday Tipplers Book Club - newbies welcome
Posted by Julie82 08 April, 2015 14:06

Hi there,

I am very interested in joining a bookclub in East Dulwich.
Is this one still going on and if so, when is the next meeting?

Thansk for getting back to me.
Best,
Julie

messageRe: Tuesday Tipplers Book Club - newbies welcome
Posted by susan_ 09 April, 2015 07:46

Hi everyone,
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 5 May at 7:45 (for 8) in the Tippler on Tuesday 5 May and we will be discussing The Ginger Man by J P Donleavy.

I'll do a list to choose from for our next book. (If someone already claimed the list for next time just let me know).

@julie - you are very welcome to join us. Just read the book and come along on the night. We are usually sat in the front sofas area.

Susan

messageRe: Tuesday Tipplers Book Club - newbies welcome
Posted by Julie82 09 April, 2015 09:29

Hi Susan,

Is the bookclub still ongoing?
If so, I would love to come to your next neeting.

Best,
Julie

messageRe: Tuesday Tipplers Book Club - newbies welcome
Posted by susan_ 30 April, 2015 19:45

Hi everyone, Just a quick reminder that book club is next Tuesday. I'm about 25% through the Ginger Man and looking forward to the long weekend to finish it.

For next month's list I've chosen the theme of Prison Memoirs (perhaps not the most uplifting subject but I'm really enjoying watching Orange is the New Black on Netflix so there you go). Hopefully something will be of interest and provide some good discussion fodder.

See you all next Tuesday at 7:45 for 8 at the Tippler. First one to arrive please try to snag the sofas in the front (:

Orange Is the New Black: My Time in a Women's Prison
By Piper Kerman
With her career, live-in boyfriend and loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the rebellious young woman who got mixed up with drug runners and delivered a suitcase of drug money to Europe over a decade ago. But when she least expects it, her reckless past catches up with her; convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at an infamous women's prison in Connecticut, Piper becomes inmate #11187-424. From her first strip search to her final release, she learns to navigate this strange world with its arbitrary rules and codes, its unpredictable, even dangerous relationships. She meets women from all walks of life, who surprise her with tokens of generosity, hard truths and simple acts of acceptance.

Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing
By Ted Conover
When Conover’s request to shadow a recruit at the New York State Corrections Officer Academy was denied, he decided to apply for a job as a prison officer. So begins his odyssey at Sing Sing, once a model prison but now the state’s most troubled maximum-security facility. The result of his year there is this remarkable look at one of America’s most dangerous prisons, where drugs, gang wars, and sex are rampant, and where the line between violator and violated is often unclear. As sobering as it is suspenseful, Newjack is an indispensable contribution to the urgent debate about our America’s criminal justice system, and a consistently fascinating read.

Memoirs from the Women's Prison
by Nawal El Saadawi
Often likened to Rigoberta Menchu and Nadine Gordimer, Nawal El Saadawi is one of the world's leading feminist authors. Director of Health and Education in Cairo, she was summarily dismissed from her post in 1972 for her political writing and activities. In 1981 she was imprisoned by Anwar Sadat for alleged "crimes against the State" and was not released until after his assassination.
Memoirs from the Women's Prison offers both firsthand witness to women's resistance to state violence and fascinating insights into the formation of women's community. Saadawi describes how political prisoners, both secular intellectuals and Islamic revivalists, forged alliances to demand better conditions and to maintain their sanity in the confines of their cramped cell.
Saadawi's haunting prose makes Memoirs an important work of twentieth-century literature. Recognized as a classic of prison writing, it touches all who are concerned with political oppression, intellectual freedom, and personal dignity.

Hotel K: The Shocking Inside Story of Bali's Most Notorious Jail
by Kathryn Bonella
Welcome to Hotel Kerobokan, or Hotel K, Bali's most notorious jail. Its walls touch paradise; sparkling oceans, surf beaches and palm trees on one side, while on the other it's a dark, bizarre and truly frightening underworld of sex, drugs, violence and squalor.
Hotel K's filthy and disease ridden cells have been home to the infamous and the tragic: a Balinese King, Gordon Ramsay's brother, Muslim terror bombers, beautiful women tourists and surfers from across the globe. Petty thieves share cells with killers, rapists, and gangsters. Hardened drug traffickers sleep alongside unlucky tourists, who've seen their holiday turn from paradise to hell over one ecstasy pill.
Hotel K is the shocking inside story of the jail and its inmates, revealing the wild 'sex nights' organised by corrupt guards for the prisoners who have cash to pay, the jail's ecstasy factory, the killings made to look like suicides, the days out at the beach, the escapes and the corruption that means anything is for sale - including a fully catered Italian jail wedding, or a luxury cell upgrade with a Bose sound system.
The truth about the dark heart of Bali explodes off the page.

messageRe: Tuesday Tipplers Book Club - newbies welcome
Posted by overcaffeinated 05 May, 2015 19:51

Sorry for late notice - last-minute family visit means I won't be there tonight. My votes are for orange is the new black and guarding sing song. Have failed to read the ginger man - have been distracted by primo levi - but it is next on my list!

messageRe: Tuesday Tipplers Book Club - newbies welcome
Posted by overcaffeinated 05 May, 2015 19:52

Oh and I'm happy to do the list for next month if helpful, just let me know

messageRe: Tuesday Tipplers Book Club - newbies welcome
Posted by susan_ 05 May, 2015 19:55

Hi everyone, the Tippler is inexplicably shut tonight so I'm going to walk up to the Palmerston and stake out some space. Hope to see you all in there soon.

messageRe: Tuesday Tipplers Book Club - newbies welcome
Posted by susan_ 06 May, 2015 10:26

Thanks to all who attended last night. We were disappointed with the book which (in our eyes) just didn't live up to the glowing recommendations / write up on the back cover.

We chose Orange Is the New Black: My Time in a Women's Prison By Piper Kerman for our next book. Do join us at the Tippler on Tuesday 2nd June at 7:45 for 8pm. (If for any reason the Tippler is shut, then we'll relocate to the Palmerston which was a great option last night)

Overcaffinated - thank you for offering to do the next book list - you're hired!

messageRe: Tuesday Tipplers Book Club - newbies welcome
Posted by susan_ 30 May, 2015 09:25

Hi everyone - just a reminder that book club is on Tuesday - 7:45 for 8pm start at the Tippler.

messageRe: Tuesday Tipplers Book Club - newbies welcome
Posted by overcaffeinated 31 May, 2015 14:09

Hi all - list for this month's book. Sorry it's a bit late! We've just back from a week in Hay-on-Wye in Wales so I've chosen books shortlisted for the Wales Book of the Year 2015. The first three are fiction, the second here are creative fiction.

See you on Tuesday!


The redemption of Galen Pike - Carys Davies
In a remote Australian settlement a young wife with an untellable secret reluctantly invites her neighbour into her home. A Quaker spinster offers companionship to a condemned man in a Colorado jail. In the ice and snows of Siberia an office employee from Birmingham witnesses a scene that will change her life. At a jubilee celebration in a northern English town a middle-aged alderman opens his heart to Queen Victoria. A teenage daughter leaves home in search of adventure. High in the Cumbrian fells a woman seeks help from her father's enemy. Spare, precise, charged with a prickly wit, the stories in Carys Davies's sparkling second collection remind us how little we know of the lives of others.

The dig - Cynan Jones
This is a searing short novel, built of the interlocking fates of a badger-baiter and a disconsolate farmer, unfolding in a stark rural setting where man, animal, land and weather are at loggerheads. Their two paths converge with tragic inevitability. Jones writes of the physiology of grief and the isolation of loss with brilliance, and about the simple rawness of animal existence with a naturalist's unblinking eye. His is a pared-down prose of resonant simplicity and occasional lushness. His writing about ducks and dogs and cows is axe-sharp. There is not a whiff of the bucolic pastoral or the romanticized sod here. This is a real rural ride. It is short, but crackles with latent compressed energy that makes it swell to fill more space than at first glance it occupies.

Burrard Inlet - Tyler Keevil
Burrard Inlet is the body of water that divides Vancouver's North Shore from the rest of the Lower Mainland. In this collection of award-winning stories, Tyler Keevil uses that rugged landscape as a backdrop for characters who are struggling against the elements, each other, and themselves. A search-and-rescue volunteer looks for a missing snowboarder on Christmas Eve; two brothers retreat to the woods to shoot a film in memory of their dead friend; a reclusive forestry worker picks up a hitcher on his way down Mount Seymour; a young man finds a temporary haven on the ice barge where he works. Written in a lean, muscular style, these are stories awash in blood and brine, and steeped in images of freedom and confinement. Within that narrative framework, Burrard Inlet becomes more than a geographical location: it is a liminal space, a boundary and a barrier, a threshold to be crossed.

Other people's countries: a journey into memory - Patrick McGuinness
Longlisted for the 2014 Thwaites Wainwright Prize Disarming, eloquent and illuminating, this meditation on place, time and memory, could only have been written by a poet, or a novelist, or a professor. Happily, Patrick McGuinness is all three, and Other People's Countries is a marvel: a stunning piece of lyrical writing, rich in narrative and character - full of fresh ways of looking at how we grow up, how we start to make sense of the world. This book evolved out of stories the author told his children: stories about the Belgian border town of Bouillon, where his mother came from, and where he has been going three times a year since he was a child - first with his parents and now with his son and daughter. This town of eccentrics, of charm, menace and wonder, is re-created beautifully - 'Most of my childhood,' he says, 'feels more real to me now than it did then'. For all its sharp specifics, though, this is a book about the common, universal concerns of childhood and the slowly developing deep sense of place that is the bedrock for our memories. Alert and affectionate, full of great curiosity and humour, Other People's Countries has all the depth and complexity of its own subject - memory - and is an unfashionably distilled, resonant book: unusual and exquisite.

Down to the sea in ships - Horatio Clare
For millennia, the seaways have carried our goods, cultures and ideas, the terrors of war and the bounties of peace - and they have never been busier than they are today. But though our normality depends on shipping, it is a world which passes largely unconsidered, unseen and unrecorded. Out of sight, in every lonely corner of every sea, through every night, every day, and every imaginable weather, tiny crews of seafarers work the giant ships which keep landed life afloat. These ordinary men (and they are mostly men) live extraordinary lives, subject to pressures we know - families, relationships, dreams and fears - and to dangers and difficulties we can only imagine, from hurricanes and pirates to years of confinement in hazardous, if not hellish, environments. Horatio Clare joins two container ships, travelling in the company of their crews and captains. Together they experience unforgettable journeys: the first, from East to West (Felixstowe to Los Angeles, via Suez) is rich with Mediterranean history, torn with typhoon nights and gilded with an unearthly Pacific peace; the second northerly passage, from Antwerp to Montreal, reeks of diesel, wuthers with gales and goes to frozen regions of the North Atlantic, in deep winter, where the sea itself seems haunted. In Clare's vibrant prose a modern industry does battle with implacable forces, as the ships cross seas of history and incident, while seafarers unfold the stories of their lives, telling their tales and yarns. A beautiful and terrifying portrait of the oceans and their human subjects, and a fascinating study of big business afloat, Down to the Sea in Ships is a moving tribute to those who live and work on the great waters, far from land.

American Interior - Gruff Rhys
In 1792, John Evans, a twenty-two-year-old farmhand from Snowdonia, Wales, travelled to America to discover whether there was indeed, as widely believed, a tribe of Welsh-speaking native Americans still walking the great plains. In 2012, Gruff Rhys set out on an 'investigative concert tour' in the footsteps of John Evans, with concerts in New Orleans, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, St Louis, North Dakota and more. American Interior is the story of these journeys. It is also an exploration of how wild fantasies interact with hard history and how myth-making can inspire humans to partake in crazy, vain pursuits of glory, including exploration, war and the creative arts.

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Posted by susan_ 04 June, 2015 13:59

Great to see everyone on Tuesday and welcome to Holly (: As mentioned I'd be happy to host a little soiree to watch some of the series based on the book. I'll send a PM to arrange. Holly, please do let me know your username if you're interested and I'll include you in the details.

Next month we're reading Other people's countries: a journey into memory by Patrick McGuinness and we're meeting on Tuesday 7 July as the usual time 7:45 for 8pm start at the usual place - The Tippler.

Looking forward to seeing you all next month.

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