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messageRe: Tuesday Tipplers Book Club - newbies welcome
Posted by susan_ 17 December, 2015 21:47

Hi everyone,
Next month we are meeting at the Tippler at 7:45 for 8 on Tuesday 12 January. We'll be discussing the Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones.

It looks like it's only recently available in the UK as many of the secondhand offers on Amazon are from the states. I'd suggest ordering right away. Also there's a Kindle version available through the Amazon.com site (but not the UK site).

Kenneth is doing the list for next month - a tribute to Jackie Collins (RIP)

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Posted by kennethw 10 January, 2016 17:49

Hello everyone, I've had a lot of fun compiling the Jackie Collins Memorial Shortlist. I'll see you all on Tuesday. Animal Print and Big Hair optional.

Lucky – 753 pp
With the sensual grace of a panther, Lucky Santangelo prowled her Las Vegas casino, restless, ready, eager for action. That night began a dazzling odyssey, filled with dangerous passion and sun-drenched sex, sadistic vengeance and breathless suspense. From the decadent luxury of California, to Paris, New York and a private Greek island, Lucky fought for her father's honour, for ruthless triumph, for the wild card of a fabulous love. Her rivals; an ice-cold Hollywood wife…a much-married heiress strung out on cocaine…a jaded magnate hooked on power…a crazed hoodlum lusting for murder. But Lucky was a gambIer and a lover, a woman who ruled her empire and pursued her man with the potent Santangelo strength … her way, on her terms, whatever the odds.

The World is full of Married Men – 305pp
David Cooper cheats on his wife. She doesn't cheat - and that suits him fine. Until the young and beautiful Claudia appears and David wants out of his marriage. But Claudia has different ideas - different dreams: To be a model, an actress, a star. And she'll do anything to make it. Just name a price. A devastating exposure of the cut throat media business - the phony promises and the very real power of the casting couch.

Hollywood Wives – 705 pp
They lunch at Ma Maison and the Bistro on salads and hot gossip. They cruise Rodeo Drive in their Mercedes and Rolls, turning shopping at Giorgio and Gucci into an art form. They pursue the body beautiful at the Workout and Body Asylum. Dressed by St. Laurent and Galanos, they dine at the latest restaurants on the rise and fall of one another's fortunes. They are the Hollywood Wives, a privileged breed of women whose ticket to ride is a famous husband. Hollywood. At its most flamboyant.

Rock Star – 497 pp
Jackie Collins, "the queen of glamour fiction" captures the raw, electric thrill of life in the spotlight in this pulse-pounding novel. Three talented, ambitious dreamers have struggled for super-stardom - and lived hard and fast in a mind-bending whirl of parties, drugs, and sex. Now their fates collide at the plush Los Angeles estate of a powerful music industry magnate, where one man's secret vendetta will trap them in its sudden, murderous heat…

The Bitch – 273 pp
She's a woman who's never short of a man. And they call her the bitch….Fontaine Khaled has an Arab millionaire among her yesterdays and hard-gambling Nico for all her tomorrows. Which only leaves the problem of choosing a man for today… From London to Las Vegas, Hollywood to Athens - she calls the shots from her plush limos and black satin sheets.She is The Bitch and she is in control. And that could never change - could it?

messageRe: Tuesday Tipplers Book Club - newbies welcome
Posted by Red_Cat 12 January, 2016 20:13

Sorry I'm not going to make it tonight. Am happy to read any of the books for next month from the list, I couldn't choose between them!

messageRe: Tuesday Tipplers Book Club - newbies welcome
Posted by JenniferJ 13 January, 2016 15:03

Susan / RedCat - you are from the what was Green & Blue Book Club yes? It's been a while! I was thinking of coming along to the next meeting if I'm welcome? Let me know and if you've chosen a date & a book.

Happy New Year!
Jen x

messageRe: Tuesday Tipplers Book Club - newbies welcome
Posted by susan_ 13 January, 2016 18:06

Hi JenniferJ,
Yes, we're that same book club smiling smiley

We chose The World is Full of Married Men

And we'll be meeting at the Tippler on Tuesday 9th February at 7:45 for 8 o'clock start

I'll be doing a list for next month (theme yet tbd)

Do come along, you're very welcome smiling smiley


messageRe: Tuesday Tipplers Book Club - newbies welcome
Posted by JenniferJ 13 January, 2016 18:46

Great! Looking forward to catching-up smiling smiley

See you on the 9th.

Jen x

messageRe: Tuesday Tipplers Book Club - newbies welcome
Posted by susan_ 04 February, 2016 20:14

Hello all, please see below the list for next month. I hope you find one you like - remember you get two votes in our secret ballot.

Finished Jackie's book over the weekend - uhm yipes, I wasn't expecting some of the things that happened! See you all on Tuesday.

Bookclub March 2016
Outlander - Diane Galbadon
The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord...1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch
Probationary Constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, who investigates crimes involving magic and other manifestations of the uncanny. Now, as a wave of brutal and bizarre murders engulfs the city, Peter is plunged into a world where gods and goddesses mingle with mortals and long-dead evil is making a comeback on a rising tide of magic.

Shades of Grey - Jasper Fforde
From the bestselling author of Thursday Next—a brilliant new novel about a world where social order and destiny are dictated by the colors you can see

Part social satire, part romance, part revolutionary thriller, Shades of Grey tells of a battle against overwhelming odds. In a society where the ability to see the higher end of the color spectrum denotes a better social standing, Eddie Russet belongs to the low-level House of Red and can see his own color—but no other. The sky, the grass, and everything in between are all just shades of grey, and must be colorized by artificial means.

Eddie's world wasn't always like this. There's evidence of a never-discussed disaster and now, many years later, technology is poor, news sporadic, the notion of change abhorrent, and nighttime is terrifying: no one can see in the dark. Everyone abides by a bizarre regime of rules and regulations, a system of merits and demerits, where punishment can result in permanent expulsion.

Eddie, who works for the Color Control Agency, might well have lived out his rose-tinted life without a hitch. But that changes when he becomes smitten with Jane, a Grey Nightseer from the dark, unlit side of the village. She shows Eddie that all is not well with the world he thinks is just and good. Together, they engage in dangerous revolutionary talk.

Stunningly imaginative, very funny, tightly plotted, and with sly satirical digs at our own society, this novel is for those who loved Thursday Next but want to be transported somewhere equally wild, only darker; a world where the black and white of moral standpoints have been reduced to shades of grey.

American Gods - Neil Gaiman
Days before his release from prison, Shadow's wife, Laura, dies in a mysterious car crash. Numbly, he makes his way back home. On the plane, he encounters the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who claims to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America.

Together they embark on a profoundly strange journey across the heart of the USA, whilst all around them a storm of preternatural and epic proportions threatens to break.

Scary, gripping and deeply unsettling, American Gods takes a long, hard look into the soul of America. You'll be surprised by what - and who - it finds there...

The Bees - Laline Paull
The Handmaid's Tale meets The Hunger Games in this brilliantly imagined debut.

Born into the lowest class of her society, Flora 717 is a sanitation bee, only fit to clean her orchard hive. Living to accept, obey and serve, she is prepared to sacrifice everything for her beloved holy mother, the Queen. Yet Flora has talents that are not typical of her kin. And while mutant bees are usually instantly destroyed, Flora is reassigned to feed the newborns, before becoming a forager, collecting pollen on the wing. Then she finds her way into the Queen's inner sanctum, where she discovers secrets both sublime and ominous. Enemies roam everywhere, from the fearsome fertility police to the high priestesses who jealously guard the Hive Mind. But Flora cannot help but break the most sacred law of all, and her instinct to serve is overshadowed by a desire, as overwhelming as it is forbidden...

Laline Paull's chilling yet ultimately triumphant novel creates a luminous world both alien and uncannily familiar. Thrilling and imaginative, The Bees is the story of a heroine who changes her destiny and her world.

messageRe: Tuesday Tipplers Book Club - newbies welcome
Posted by susan_ 09 February, 2016 07:37

Hey bookclubbers - see you tonight at the Tippler - 7:45 for 8

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Posted by JenniferJ 10 February, 2016 10:09

Great to catch-up last night, and looking forward to the next meeting in March. Ordered the book last night!
Jen x

messageRe: Tuesday Tipplers Book Club - newbies welcome
Posted by kimp 10 February, 2016 10:18

Would love to join- can someone tell me when the next one is?


messageRe: Tuesday Tipplers Book Club - newbies welcome
Posted by susan_ 10 February, 2016 18:23

So we choose The Bees by Laline Paull for our next book and Tash agreed to choose a list for the following month (I think - tell me if I misheard!)

We meet again on Tuesday 8th March at 7:45 for 8, at the Tippler (we are usually in the seats by the front window)

@Jen - it was great to see you again, welcome back!
@kimp - you are very welcome, please do come along next month. You might like to subscribe (click Follow this Thread) so you get an email when there are new posts with the book lists and dates.

messageRe: Tuesday Tipplers Book Club - newbies welcome
Posted by overcaffeinated 06 March, 2016 22:31

Hi all - here's the list for Tuesday's meeting; the theme is Young Adult fiction, from 'best of 2015' lists (really hope no-one hates YA!).

The Death House, by Sarah Pinborough

Many YA books thrive on conspiracy. There’s often a mystery to be uncovered, or a shadowy authority to outwit and overturn. In some ways, Death House is no exception. The book centres on a ragtag community of teens – mostly boys but a few girls – who are held on an island, guarded by nurses, teachers and a forbidding Matron. All have been told that they are “defective”: sooner or later, one by one, they will sicken, and be taken to the sanatorium, where an unspecified horrific “change” and eventual death awaits.

However, where Pinborough’s novel differs from more conventional fare, is in the fact that the book ultimately isn’t a story about defeating those in power, or overturning the status quo. Instead, as 16-year-old protagonist Toby falls for newcomer Clara, it becomes a love story (albeit a very sad one). In a world where death is everywhere, every breath, and every heartbeat becomes precious. Pinborough’s vivid writing ensures her readers feel every one.

Lost on Mars, by Paul Magrs

You can see that Paul Magrs, the author of several Doctor Who books, is comfortable writing about a vivid extraterrestrial setting, and this gripping sci-fi thriller is set on a futuristic Mars. The story is bold and you have to love a chapter that opens with the words: "It was late in our Martian autumn when we were allowed to hold the funeral for Grandma's leg." Lora, stubborn and complex, is at the heart of this first part of a trilogy about third-generation settlers on the desolate red planet. There's also a likeable and talkative robot called Toaster. It's also a novel about alienation. But watch out for the Martian flesh-eaters.

The Big Lie, by Julie Mayhew

"What choice did I have but to do along with it?" A moral question that underpins much of The Big Lie, a challenging YA book by Julie Mayhew set in a 2014 Britain that is under Nazi Rule. Teenager Jessika Keller is raised in a hard-core English Nazi family and as a dutiful daughter seems to accept the idea that she should just be a pure, potential baby-machine to populate the master race. When her friend Clementine dares to question society, Jessika also begins to doubt the truth of what her mother and father have taught her. The Big Lie is a compelling and mysterious tale of protest, obedience and identity and a novel to make you think.

Railhead, by Philip Reeve

Philip Reeve's fast-paced thriller is set in the Network Empire, a future human civilisation that is built around a network of railway lines that criss-crosses the galaxy, passing between worlds through hyperspace portals called K-gates. Railhead draws you in immediately. It's beautifully written ("giant gas planets tilting their rings like the brims of summer hats across a turquoise sky") and there is something wonderfully romantic about the author's use of trains instead of space ships. Railhead trains laugh softly to themselves or make "high, shuddering klaxon-shriek death cries". Into this futuristic world is thrown a young petty thief called Zen Starling, who is hired by a master criminal called to steal a mysterious black orb. His adventure is the core of the story, which will appeal to readers of different ages as well as young adult fiction fans. Although the technology is inventive and dazzling, the emotions of the characters (even the robot who wants freckles) draws you in wholeheartedly. Railhead is superb.

The Accident Season, by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

Cara is the daughter of a family afflicted every October by the “accident season,” when they’re dogged by disasters ranging from scrapes to death. In the waning days of this year’s accident season, she starts noticing dark omens: a mysteriously missing classmate who shows up in the background of all her photos, a malevolent man who looks like her long-gone stepfather following her through town. The brewing weirdness—and her need for a distraction from her feelings for her stepbrother—inspire Cara to take a risk, spending the last day of the accident season throwing a wild Halloween party in an abandoned house on the edge of town, that just might hold the answers to the secrets of her past. Fowley-Doyle’s magical realism is both transporting and purposeful, weaving a narrative web that will haunt you.

The Game of Love and Death, by Martha Brockenbrough

In this shape-shifting, gorgeous novel, Love and Death—in the forms of a dapper man with a fever-inducing touch, and an uncanny woman who hungers for souls—run a high-stakes game, in which Death has always won. Each chooses a human player, creating a couple that will either choose love, and therefore life, or separation, and death. Previous players have included Cleopatra and Mark Antony, Romeo and Juliet—and now Flora, an African American pilot and jazz singer, and Henry, a white musician and errant foster son to a rich newspaperman. Love and Death take on human shapes and insinuate themselves into the story, as Flora and Henry must decide, in the face of terrible obstacles, whether to choose each other. The book gets better with every page.

The Lie Tree, by Frances Hardinge

Set in a mildly alternative Victorian England, it sees Faith, the daughter of a disgraced natural scientist moving to a fictional Channel Island, where she discovers the existence of a tree that, fed by lies, has the ability to alter reality. Hardinge injects evolution, feminism and a Hamlet-esque revenge plot into the mix – and controls it with acuity, bringing everything together into a vivid, beautifully powerful whole, playing with genre, language and expectation along the way. Hardinge won the overall 2016 Costa Award for this superb novel.

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Posted by susan_ 08 March, 2016 18:44

Hey all, I've been let down by a colleague and have a few hours of work yet to go this evening....so I doubt I'll be able to make it tonight. I've chosen my votes and will send them to Tash to include in the vote.
I equally enjoyed and was annoyed by the Bees so was really looking forward to hearing what everyone else thinks.

messageRe: Tuesday Tipplers Book Club - newbies welcome
Posted by kennethw 08 March, 2016 19:40

Hi, I won't be able to make it this evening. Happy to go with any choice on the list. Didn't get the Bees at all, unfortunately. See you all next month. Kenneth

messageRe: Tuesday Tipplers Book Club - newbies welcome
Posted by hollyt 08 March, 2016 19:57

Is anyone coming?! If so, I'm sitting out the back with a glass of wine... Holly x

messageRe: Tuesday Tipplers Book Club - newbies welcome
Posted by sparklehorse 08 March, 2016 20:06

Yes! See you in 5 ...

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Posted by hollyt 08 March, 2016 21:27

We've voted on 'The Accident Season'. I'll do the book list next month and since it's International Women's Day, it will have a female theme... It will be on 5th April. Holly x

messageRe: Tuesday Tipplers Book Club - newbies welcome
Posted by susan_ 02 April, 2016 16:37

Hi all,
I have a 'required' work do on Tuesday so sadly I will not be able to attend on Tuesday. Really sorry to miss bookclub again! I'll PM my vote to Holly.

I'd be happy to do the next month's list if you're stuck for volunteers on the night - just let me know.

messageRe: Tuesday Tipplers Book Club - newbies welcome
Posted by hollyt 03 April, 2016 18:19


Here is this month's book list, the theme being 'Women'.

Brick Lane by Monica Ali

A captivating read from a debut novelist, Brick Lane brings the immigrant milieu of East London to vibrant life. With great poignancy, Ali illuminates a foreign world; her well-developed characters pull readers along on a deeply psychological, almost spiritual journey. Through the eyes of two Bangladeshi sisters—the plain Nazneen and the prettier Hasina—we see the divergent paths of the contemporary descendants of an ancient culture. Hasina elopes to a "love marriage," and young Nazneen, in an arranged marriage, is pledged to a much older man living in London.

Ali's skillful narrative focuses on Nazneen's stifling life with her ineffectual husband, who keeps her imprisoned in a city housing project filled with immigrants in varying degrees of assimilation. But Ali reveals a bittersweet tension between the "two kinds of love" Nazneen and her sister experience—that which begins full and overflowing, only to slowly dissipate, and another which emerges like a surprise, growing unexpectedly over years of faithful commitment. Both of these loves have their own pitfalls: Hasina's passionate romance crumbles into domestic violence, and Nazneen's marriage never quite reaches a state of wedded bliss.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

From the award-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun, a dazzling new novel: a story of love and race centered around a young man and woman from Nigeria who face difficult choices and challenges in the countries they come to call home.

As teenagers in a Lagos secondary school, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are leaving the country if they can. Ifemelu—beautiful, self-assured—departs for America to study. She suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships and friendships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze—the quiet, thoughtful son of a professor—had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London.

Years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a writer of an eye-opening blog about race in America. But when Ifemelu returns to Nigeria, and she and Obinze reignite their shared passion—for their homeland.

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson

Winner of the Whitbread Prize for best first fiction, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is a coming-out novel from Winterson, the acclaimed author of The Passion and Sexing the Cherry. The narrator, Jeanette, cuts her teeth on the knowledge that she is one of God’s elect, but as this budding evangelical comes of age, and comes to terms with her preference for her own sex, the peculiar balance of her God-fearing household crumbles.

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath's shocking, realistic, and intensely emotional novel about a woman falling into the grip of insanity.

Esther Greenwood is brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under—maybe for the last time. In her acclaimed and enduring masterwork, Sylvia Plath brilliantly draws the reader into Esther's breakdown with such intensity that her insanity becomes palpably real, even rational—as accessible an experience as going to the movies. A deep penetration into the darkest and most harrowing corners of the human psyche, The Bell Jar is an extraordinary accomplishment and a haunting American classicnd for each other—they will face the toughest decisions of their lives.

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

Through six turbulent months of 1934, 17-year-old Cassandra Mortmain keeps a journal, filling three notebooks with sharply funny yet poignant entries about her home, a ruined Suffolk castle, and her eccentric and penniless family. By the time the last diary shuts, there have been great changes in the Mortmain household, not the least of which is that Cassandra is deeply, hopelessly, in love.

The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood

In Homer’s account in The Odyssey, Penelope—wife of Odysseus and cousin of the beautiful Helen of Troy—is portrayed as the quintessential faithful wife, her story a salutary lesson through the ages. Left alone for twenty years when Odysseus goes off to fight in the Trojan War after the abduction of Helen, Penelope manages, in the face of scandalous rumors, to maintain the kingdom of Ithaca, bring up her wayward son, and keep over a hundred suitors at bay, simultaneously. When Odysseus finally comes home after enduring hardships, overcoming monsters, and sleeping with goddesses, he kills her suitors and—curiously—twelve of her maids.

In a splendid contemporary twist to the ancient story, Margaret Atwood has chosen to give the telling of it to Penelope and to her twelve hanged maids, asking: “What led to the hanging of the maids, and what was Penelope really up to?” In Atwood’s dazzling, playful retelling, the story becomes as wise and compassionate as it is haunting, and as wildly entertaining as it is disturbing. With wit and verve, drawing on the story-telling and poetic talent for which she herself is renowned, she gives Penelope new life and reality—and sets out to provide an answer to an ancient mystery.

Wetlands by Charlotte Roche

With more than one million copies sold in Germany and rights snapped up in twenty-seven countries, Wetlands is the sexually and anatomically explicit novel that is changing the conversation about female identity and sexuality around the world.

Helen Memel is an outspoken eighteen-year-old, whose childlike stubbornness is offset by a precocious sexual confidence. She begins her story from a hospital bed, where she’s slowly recovering from an operation and lamenting her parents’ divorce. To distract herself, Helen ruminates on her past sexual adventures in increasingly uncomfortable detail, taking the reader on a sensational journey through Helen’s body and mind. Punky alienated teenager, young woman reclaiming her body from the tyranny of repressive hygiene (women mustn’t smell, excrete, desire), bratty smartass, vulnerable, lonely daughter, shock merchant, and pleasure seeker—Helen is all of these things and more, and her frequent attempts to assert her maturity ultimately prove just how fragile, confused, and young she truly is.

As Helen constantly blurs the line between celebration, provocation, and dysfunction in her relationship with her body, Roche exposes the double bind of female sexuality, delivering a compulsively readable and fearlessly intimate manifesto on sex, hygiene, and the repercussions of family trauma.

See you on Tuesday, Susan if you send me your preferences I'll add them in!
Holly xx

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Posted by marlowe 03 April, 2016 19:27

I used to come to the bookclub but moved out of London but have moved back to London so hope it's ok if I come along on Tuesday.

messageRe: Tuesday Tipplers Book Club - newbies welcome
Posted by hollyt 03 April, 2016 19:29

Definitely Rhian, look forward to seeing you.
Holly x

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Posted by Red_Cat 05 April, 2016 19:43

So sorry but I'm not going to be able to make it tonight. Holly am going to try and pm you my vote!

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Posted by JenniferJ 05 April, 2016 19:54

Hey - should be there about 8.30!
Jen x

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Posted by hollyt 05 April, 2016 21:18

Oranges are not the only fruit was the winner from tonight and we'll meet on 10th May.
Holly x

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Posted by hollyt 05 April, 2016 21:24

Rhian is going to do the book list, the theme will be books that have been turned into films x

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Posted by marlowe 11 April, 2016 18:39

Hello all,

I've done a list of books that have been turned into films. More tricky than I thought as I've read most of the good books that have been made into films. Anyway, here goes:

by Ian McEwan
Ian McEwan’s symphonic novel of love and war, childhood and class, guilt and forgiveness provides all the satisfaction of a brilliant narrative and the provocation we have come to expect from this master of English prose.On a hot summer day in 1934, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses a moment’s flirtation between her older sister, Cecilia, and Robbie Turner, the son of a servant and Cecilia’s childhood friend. But Briony’s incomplete grasp of adult motives—together with her precocious literary gifts—brings about a crime that will change all their lives. As it follows that crime’s repercussions through the chaos and carnage of World War II and into the close of the twentieth century, Atonement engages the reader on every conceivable level, with an ease and authority that mark it as a genuine masterpiece

The Reader
by Bernhard Schlink
Hailed for its coiled eroticism and the moral claims it makes upon the reader, this mesmerizing novel is a story of love and secrets, horror and compassion, unfolding against the haunted landscape of postwar Germany.When he falls ill on his way home from school, fifteen-year-old Michael Berg is rescued by Hanna, a woman twice his age. In time she becomes his lover—then she inexplicably disappears. When Michael next sees her, he is a young law student, and she is on trial for a hideous crime. As he watches her refuse to defend her innocence, Michael gradually realizes that Hanna may be guarding a secret she considers more shameful than murder.

The Secret Life of Bees
by Sue Monk Kidd
Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. When Lily's fierce-hearted black "stand-in mother," Rosaleen, insults three of the deepest racists in town, Lily decides to spring them both free. They escape to Tiburon, South Carolina--a town that holds the secret to her mother's past. Taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily is introduced to their mesmerizing world of bees and honey, and the Black Madonna. This is a remarkable novel about divine female power, a story women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come.

The Kite Runner
by Khaled Hosseini
This powerful first novel tells a story of fierce cruelty and fierce yet redeeming love. Both transform the life of Amir, the privileged young narrator, who comes of age during the last peaceful days of the monarchy, just before his country's revolution and its invasion by Russian forces. But political events, even as dramatic as the ones that are presented in The Kite Runner, are only a part of this story. Hosseini gives us a vivid and engaging story that reminds us how long his people have been struggling to triumph over the forces of violence, forces that continue to threaten them even today.

Gone with the Wind
by Margaret Mitchell
Margaret Mitchell's epic novel of love and war won the Pulitzer Prize and one of the most popular and celebrated movies of all time. In the two main characters, the white-shouldered, irresistible Scarlett and the flashy, contemptuous Rhett, Margaret Mitchell not only conveyed a timeless story of survival under the harshest of circumstances, she also created two of the most famous lovers in the English-speaking world since Romeo and Juliet.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s
By Truman Capote
In autumn 1943, the unnamed narrator becomes friends with Holly Golightly. The two are tenants in a brownstone apartment in Manhattan's Upper East Side. Holly is a country girl turned New York café society girl. As such, she has no job and lives by socializing with wealthy men, who take her to clubs and restaurants, and give her money and expensive presents; she hopes to marry one of them. According to Capote, Golightly is not a prostitute but an "American geisha." Holly likes to shock people with carefully selected tidbits from her personal life or her outspoken viewpoints on various topics. Over the course of a year, she slowly reveals herself to the narrator, who finds himself fascinated by her curious lifestyle.

by Daphne Du Maurier
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier tells the story of a young, unnamed protagonist who meets a handsome, older gentleman, Maxim de Winter, in Monte Carlo. It is well-known that Maxim's widely adored wife Rebecca, has recently drowned at sea and the local people of Maxim's home county are devastated. The main character quickly falls in love with Maxim and the couple enter into a whirlwind marriage despite Maxim's troubled past. On arriving home to Maxim's West Country estate 'Manderley' after their honeymoon, the unnamed protagonist faces a painful struggle against the 'other woman' Rebecca, whose presence at Manderley remains overbearing even from beyond the grave. Maxim's new wife is constantly compared to Rebecca, who was loved and admired by all, and faces cruelty from the malevolent Mrs Danvers, Rebecca's old maid. As the new lady of the house, the main character struggles to adjust to Maxim's more privileged way of life and to find her own identity amongst Rebecca's legacy. However, as the story unfolds it becomes clear that Rebecca was not as angelic as people had believed her to be and her death is not as tragically accidental as it would seem...

About Schmidt
Louis Begley
A recent widower,Schmidt, seemingly a poster boy for the now fading world of the cultured, wealthy WASP, is vaguely melancholy, faintly discontented, stranded in his wife's handsome beachfront house in Bridgehampton. His self-involved daughter Charlotte announces her intention to marry Jon Riker, a humourless lawyer from Schmidt's firm. Schmidt, who had built a very lucrative legal career on his ability to be “always demonstrably and impeccably right,” begins to feel the first stirrings of self- doubt. And, with some amazement, he finds himself beginning an affair with a frank, exuberant waitress, a woman younger than his daughter. As Schmidt attempts to navigate increasingly turbulent waters, Begley deftly introduces long hidden pieces of Schmidt's former life. He was, it turns out, a tireless womanizer and a less-than-devoted dad. He's charmingly condescending toward those unlucky enough to be neither WASPS nor wealthy. He is, in fact, a bit of a cad. But it's one of the pleasures of Begley's increasingly dark narrative that he both reveals Schmidt's self-satisfied shortcomings and makes him nonetheless a fascinating character. And, as Schmidt faces a series of alarming problems, it's hard not to root for his success, for his newly aroused pleasure in life.

See you on the 10th.
Rhian x

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Posted by cazzyr 12 April, 2016 17:38


I'd like to join your group if possible. Could i ask do you read all books in list each month or pick a few?

Many thanks Carolyn

messageRe: Tuesday Tipplers Book Club - newbies welcome
Posted by hollyt 12 April, 2016 18:16

We just pick one, we vote on the night. Looking forward to meeting you :-)

messageRe: Tuesday Tipplers Book Club - newbies welcome
Posted by susan_ 09 May, 2016 12:37

Hi all, I'm not likely to attend tomorrow due to work (again!)

Annoying as I read the book and was looking forward to the conversation! I've PMed my votes to Rhian and look forward to the results. See you soon.


messageRe: Tuesday Tipplers Book Club - newbies welcome
Posted by rubby 10 May, 2016 06:25

Just here for the great interest and excitement of the book to read

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