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Published: Mon, 14 Aug 2017 11:31:59 +0100

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Re: SE1 Book Club 2015

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 11:31:59 +0100

thank you!

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 11:31:29 +0100

Hi all - I'd really like to join you. Assuming you're open to new members. Where do you meet and what time? Thanks.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2015

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 10:39:19 +0100

[quote LilaSE1]Hi everyone, is this book club still going? If so when/where do you meet and what are you reading next? Would be great to join you am looking for a local book club. Thanks.[/quote]

try: [url=]this link[/url]

Re: SE1 Book Club 2015

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 01:56:47 +0100

Hi everyone, is this book club still going? If so when/where do you meet and what are you reading next? Would be great to join you am looking for a local book club. Thanks.

Re: Beautiful Balin

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 09:25:17 +0100

Soon i will be there and post my photos with you guys :P

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:55:10 +0100

Yes the book for 2[b]1st August is 11.22.63 by Stephen King.[/b]

The [b]18th September[/b] choice is [b]Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy[/b]

Hopefully see you all in August.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 08:31:33 +0100

Hi all,

sorry I unexpectedly couldn't make it yesterday, and thanks for the update.

From the votes above I gather the winner for [b]Monday 21st August[/b] is 11.22.1963, right?

As for September, thanks for your selection Wendy. After going from one book to another endlessly, my vote has finally landed on the Prince of Tides - contrary to my email to GrangeLady earlier, please ignore that! :-)

See you all on Monday 21st August, hopefully.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 14:36:27 +0100


Here are my suggestions for September:

Bobby's Girl
Bernie Morris

A tragic and evocative tale, set in the heyday of rock 'n roll.

In Bernie Morris's haunting novel of adolescent love, set in the golden years of rock 'n roll, lies London East End's response to 'West Side Story'. The background is one of blitzed ruins, 'bommies', surrounding a lonely mile of The Highway that runs alongside the docks. Here, where the sense of destruction is ever present, live Kate's mother and brutal stepfather. Here Kate and Jon, two school kids deeply in love but too young to date, meet secretly. Here too lives Bobby, leader of the Alleycats, sworn enemy of the Hellcats, Kate's tender-hearted protector and Jon's rival. And always at Bobby's side is Adam, enigmatic Shadowcat, prophet, warrior and soul brother.

The Promise
Chaim Potok
Young Reuven Malter is unsure of himself and his place in life. An unconventional scholar, he struggles for recognition from his teachers. With his old friend Danny Saunders—who himself had abandoned the legacy as the chosen heir to his father's rabbinical dynasty for the uncertain life of a healer—Reuvan battles to save a sensitive boy imprisoned by his genius and rage. Painfully, triumphantly, Reuven's understanding of himself, though the boy change, as he starts to approach the peace he has long sought… (less)

The Prince of Tides

PAT CONROY has created a huge, brash thunderstorm of a novel, stinging with honesty and resounding with drama. Spanning forty years, this is the story of turbulent Tom Wingo, his gifted and troubled twin sister Savannah, and their struggle to triumph over the dark and tragic legacy of the extraordinary family into which they were born.


Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 08:45:15 +0100

Hi all, my vote goes to The assassination of Thatcher. See you on Monday.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 17:37:24 +0100

Mr Jac's vote goes to Hilary Mantel.

What is it with everyone's log in?!!! ;-)

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 17:34:13 +0100

NicG votes for the Stephen King too.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 17:22:50 +0100

Hi, Stephen King for me, see you on Monday.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 16:41:29 +0100

My vote goes to Look who's back.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 10:21:32 +0100

Mr Jac and I will be in sheffield next week so missing BC once again.. For its worth My vote goes to 22.11.63 because the date is just a few days after i was born. Well that and it sound quite interesting and i havent read a stephen king novel in 25+ years

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 12:43:58 +0100

Shall we vote here or wait till Monday's book club?

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 13:32:54 +0100

Hello all,

My choices are:

1) 11.22.63 by Stephen King

WHAT IF you could go back in time and change the course of history? WHAT IF the watershed moment you could change was the JFK assassination? 11.22.63, the date that Kennedy was shot - unless ...King takes his protagonist Jake Epping, a high school English teacher from Lisbon Falls, Maine, 2011, on a fascinating journey back to 1958 - from a world of mobile phones and iPods to a new world of Elvis and JFK, of Plymouth Fury cars and Lindy Hopping, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake's life - a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time. With extraordinary imaginative power, King weaves the social, political and popular culture of his baby-boom American generation into a devastating exercise in escalating suspense.

2) Look Who's Back by Timur Vermes

Berlin, Summer 2011. Adolf Hitler wakes up on a patch of open ground, alive and well. Things have changed - no Eva Braun, no Nazi party, no war. Hitler barely recognises his beloved Fatherland, filled with immigrants and run by a woman. People certainly recognise him, albeit as a flawless impersonator who refuses to break character. The unthinkable, the inevitable happens, and the ranting Hitler goes viral, becomes a YouTube star, gets his own T.V. show, and people begin to listen. But the Fuhrer has another programme with even greater ambition - to set the country he finds a shambles back to rights. Look Who's Back stunned and then thrilled 1.5 million German readers with its fearless approach to the most taboo of subjects. Naive yet insightful, repellent yet strangely sympathetic, the revived Hitler unquestionably has a spring in his step.

3) The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher by Hilary Mantel

A brilliant – and rather transgressive – collection of short stories from the double Man Booker Prize-winning author of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.

Hilary Mantel is one of Britain’s most accomplished and acclaimed writers. In these ten bracingly subversive tales, all her gifts of characterisation and observation are fully engaged, summoning forth the horrors so often concealed behind everyday façades. Childhood cruelty is played out behind the bushes in ‘Comma’; nurses clash in ‘Harley Street’ over something more than professional differences; and in the title story, staying in for the plumber turns into an ambiguous and potentially deadly waiting game.

Whether set in a claustrophobic Saudi Arabian flat or on a precarious mountain road in Greece, these stories share an insight into the darkest recesses of the spirit. Displaying all of Mantel’s unmistakable style and wit, they reveal a great writer at the peak of her powers

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 14:09:08 +0100


I will be at the Draft House tonight just after 7 to try out the quiz, feel free to come! Otherwise I will see you all at book club

Re: Come Dine with us 2017

Sun, 02 Jul 2017 15:23:57 +0100

Well last night we met at mine and were able to stay outdoors in the garden for most of the evening.
We started with a kir and some nibbles of saucisson and therein, olives.

Then we had "All Helen's favourites" as a starter - a wonderful mix of deliciousness with avocado, home-made salsa, grilled halloumi and cherry tomatoes. Starter wines were a 2015 Riesling Feinberg from Model and 2015 Gewurztraminer from Bott Geyl, Alsace.

The mains were merguez, baked potatoes, and a caponata (a fabulous mix of aubergine, tomato, celery and capers, no garlic or onion), some roasted pepper strands, and corvettes. Mains wine was a 2015 Cote de Rhône.

Pudding was a spectacular Pavlova with fresh raspberries and cream. With a 2013 Australian Reverina Semillon
Then, for anyone who had any more room, we cut into a super-ripe camembert (imported directly from Isigny in Normandy), then we had to put it away quickly stop it crawling off the table...
Followed by a digestive Darjeeling first flush tea.
See the photos on our Facebook page

Come Dine with us 2017

Sun, 02 Jul 2017 15:10:58 +0100

Yes, we're still going! Join us on Facebook too.

If you enjoy cooking and like meeting new people, do consider joining the London [b]SE1 dinner club[/b]. For a few years now we have been meeting in each others homes approximately [b]once a month[/b] usually on a Friday or Saturday to enjoy good food, wine and company.

It's a be a brilliant way of meeting new people, as well as meeting up with old friends all interested in food and drink. Oh, and satisfying that curiosity about what other people's homes look like!

We meet in [b]groups of six[/b] (which change so it is not the same group of six people at each dinner) and take it in turns to [b]host a dinner[/b] party or contribute, either one of the courses or the accompanying wine to a course. As [b]we all contribute to the meal,[/b] it has the fabulous advantage of spreading both the cost and the work involved, so the host can enjoy the evening as much as else.

It is open for [b]anyone who lives in SE1[/b] and it would be lovely to have some new people join the group. We work out the groups on a 6 month rota so each person gets to do each thing once but don't worry if you are new you will not be asked to host a group straight away.

We're almost through our current rota but why not join us as a reserve? As a reserve who wants to join the rota you will be given priority if a place becomes vacant at one of the dinners.

Interested? PM me with your email address and we will send you the details.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 08:26:27 +0100

There was a small group of us yesterday and although none of us had finished reading the book, it generated some interesting discussion about nostalgia.

The book for [b]July 17th[/b] is No1 Ladies Detective Agency The Minor Adjustment Salon.

Una is going to post here soon her book choices for the August book, so we can vote on this site.

See you in July.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 08:24:37 +0100

Also love a pub quiz!

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 08:23:27 +0100

I am also coming tonight after hastily reading the book over the weekend! Not sure who's down for the book list............

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 08:18:04 +0100

Hi all,

see you tonight, I'll be back after two months missed...
I've not got the alphabetical 'list of us' in mind, does any of you know who is meant to bring a list of titles tonight (or to post it shortly) to vote on for the August session?

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 22:56:02 +0100

So sorry but Mr jac and I cant make book club tomorrow and I was about to say so see you in July but we can not do that either as we will away fro Williams graduation. so It will have to be August. which i think means i will have missed 4 in a row which has never happened before.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 16:43:27 +0100

Does anyone have a copy of a book we read a couple of years ago, The Rosie Project by George Simsion (autocorrect is doing its best to change this to Simpson...)? Mine was a library book but I'd like to get one for a friend and it seems silly to buy it elsewhere if someone has one they'd like to sell me.

If you have one and are willing to part with it (for a modest price..), can you bring it along to bookclub tomorrow?

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 17:48:56 +0100


I can not come on Monday, but regarding a monthly quiz suggestion. The Draft House on Tower Bridge on Wednesday does a quiz night. £2 per person. I am going to go the first Wednesday of every month, please feel free to come join/help!

See you in July

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 14:36:42 +0100

The book for July (17th) is
The No1 Ladies Detective Agency - [b]The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon[/b] by Alexander McCall Smith.

If you've not read any of the Ladies Detective Agency before, it will give you a whole new perspective on Botswana. If you have read some, then this is quite a recent story and continues the lives of Ma Ramostwe Ma Makutsi and the Agency with some minor machinations from their arch rival Violet Sephotho.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 14:31:57 +0100

SJS22, we'd love to have you along to the book club. The next one is 19th June.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Mon, 22 May 2017 19:55:47 +0100

Ha Ha you are not the only one I thought it was tonight too! The early 3rd monday caught me out.
That said I also forgot today and was about to dump down my bags and rush out to meet you all.

Looks like Me cheetah got the vote (all be it only 2) so thats the book for June. Will wait to hear from Clare re Julys choice.

See you on 19th June

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Mon, 22 May 2017 19:54:52 +0100

I also thought it was tonight?? I didn't see a date posted - what is the date for the next one??