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SE1 Book Club 2017

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:58:56 +0000

Now in our 12th year, We are an informal and hopefully friendly book club that doesn't take itself too seriously. Of mixed ages ,over the years people have come and gone but we always welcome new people to the group so if you would like to join us we would love to meet you. Currently we meet on the 3rd Monday of each Month so The first meeting of 2017 should have been last Monday. However it rather crept up on most of us and tooks us by surprise, so we will be meeting next [b]Monday 23rd Jan[/b] instead, from [b]7.30pm[/b] in the [b]Kings Arm[/b] 65 Newcomen street. The book we will be discussing is [b]White Tiger by Aravind Adiga[/b] (2008). The book for Feb will be [b]The World According to Garp - John irving[/b] We take it in turn to shortlist 3 books and we choose which of those 3 books to read on the night. - Nat London to short list the books for March. All books should be readily available for under £5 Here's an updated list of the books we have read so far 2016 The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls Diary of a nobody - George Grossmith Rituals - Cees Nooteboom Gods behaving badly The brief wondrous life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz A man called Ove - Fredrik Backman's Carry On Jeeves – PG Woodhouse The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt Nine Stories – J.D. Salinger The surgeon of crowthorne - Simon Winchester 2015 Leo the African / Leo Africanus, by Amin Maalouf The Miniaturist - Jessie Burton Walking the lines - The London underground overground by Mark Mason The Wimbledon Poisoner by Nigel Williams H is for Hawk Kazuo Ishiguro - A Pale View of Hills 2014 The Rosie Project Graeme Simsion Snow White Must Die - Nele Neuhaus The Dress Maker of Khair Khana - Gayle Tzemach Lemmon Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut Once Were Warriors by Alan Duff Concrete Island byJ.G. Ballard The Chrysalids - John Wyndham The Colour of Milk is the new novel by Nell Leyshon. Me before you by Jo Jo Moyes The Human by Matt Haig We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn The Devil in the Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgson 2013 If on a winters night a traveller by Italo Calvino How To Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran By Light Alone - Adam Roberts What a Carve Up- Jonathan Coe Dubliners - James Joyce The Sisters Brothers, Patrick deWitt A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute Alone in Berlin, Hans Fallada SKIOS by Michael Frayn Agent Z and the penguin from Mars – Mark Haddon The universe Versus Alex Wood by Gavin Extence. The ballad of Peckham Rye, Muriel Spark, 2012 Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson Mary Ann in Autumn (Tales of the City), by Armistead Maupin The Milkman In The Night by Andrey Kurkov "Snowdrops" by A.D.Miller ,"Mother's Milk" by Edward St Aubyn The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1963), John le Carré. The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester "The Hypnotist" by Lars Kepler "The Snow Child" by Eowyn Ivey. The Strangers Child by Alan Hollinghurst 2011 The Reluctant Fundamentalist - Mohsin Hamid God's Own Country - Ross Raisin The Reindeer People - Megan Lindholm The Children's Book - A.S. Byatt One Day - David Nicholls When God was a Rabbit - Sarah Winman Dan Leno and the Lime House Golem - Peter Ackroyd By Light Alone by Adam Roberts 2010 Handle with Care - Jodi Picoult The Alchemist - Paul Coelho A God Strolling in the Cool of the Evening - Mario de Carvalho Foolish Lessons in Life & Love - Penny Rudge Secret History - Donna Tartt Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee Post Birthday World - Lionel Shriver Dr Sax - Jack Kerouac Ordinary Thunderstorms - William Boyd 2009 The Double Bind - Chris Bohjalin The Secret Scripture - Sebastian Barry The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgeral[...]

Fun exercise to improve your fitness

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 00:22:50 +0000

Healthy Ageing project is recruiting volunteers (over 55 years old) who want to increase their activity level. Participants will be attending to group exercise sessions (1 hour - Indoor cycling or Cheerleading) for 12 weeks and will be asked to complete some interesting tests, health and wellbeing measures before starting the programme and after 12 weeks.
Every Tuesday at 1.30pm (You can sign up before the end of January)
Castle Centre (at Elephant and Castle, 2 Gabriel’s Walk) SE1 6FG)
 Moderate intensity exercise is beneficial for your cardiovascular system, muscle strength, bone health, physical function and wellbeing..
 During the assessments you will be able to find out more about your current level of physical and wellbeing.
 You will attend a 12 week training programme for free.
 Friendly group with all levels of fitness and ability

If you would like to sign up or have any further questions, please contact:
Zsofia Szekeres

Re: SE1 Book Club 2016

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:37:12 +0000

Book Club social Tonight AT Fine Foods Long Lane 7.30pm

Here's the short list for choosing Febs book. I have gone for 3 books I have enjoyed in the past but have since almost completely forgotton. The last was a SE1 book club book but as I am the only person left from when it was read I feel I can put it up again. It also starts in SE1.

Rabbit Run - John Updike

The first book in his award-winning 'Rabbit' series, John Updike's Rabbit, Run contains an afterword by the author in Penguin Modern Classics.

It's 1959 and Harry 'Rabbit' Angstrom, one time high school sports superstar, is going nowhere. At twenty-six he is trapped in a second-rate existence - stuck with a fragile, alcoholic wife, a house full of overflowing ashtrays and discarded glasses, a young son and a futile job. With no way to fix things, he resolves to flee from his family and his home in Pennsylvania, beginning a thousand-mile journey that he hopes will free him from his mediocre life. Because, as he knows only too well, 'after you've been first-rate at something, no matter what, it kind of takes the kick out of being second-rate’.

The World According to Garp - John irving

This is the life and times of T. S. Garp, the bastard son of Jenny Fields - a feminist leader ahead of her times. It is also the life and death of a famous mother and her almost-famous son; theirs is a world of sexual extremes - even of sexual assassinations. It is a novel rich with 'lunacy and sorrow'; yet the dark, violent events of the story do not undermine a comedy both ribald and robust. It provides almost cheerful, even hilarious evidence of its famous last line: "In the world according to Garp, we are all terminal cases.”

The Secret River - Kate Grenville
London, 1806 - William Thornhill, happily wedded to his childhood sweetheart Sal, is a waterman on the River Thames. Life is tough but bearable until William makes a mistake, a bad mistake for which he and his family are made to pay dearly. His sentence: to be transported to New South Wales for the term of his natural life. Soon Thornhill, a man no better or worse than most, has to make the most difficult decision of his life . . . The Secret River is a universal and timeless story of love, identity and belonging.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2016

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 18:44:28 +0000

Looking forward to seeing those who can make it at the social a week on Monday. Here is the list of books we have read this year for you to make your nominations of favourite and least liked book of the year Feel free to make your selection even if you can not make it to the social.

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
Diary of a nobody - George Grossmith
Rituals - Cees Nooteboom
Gods behaving badly
The brief wondrous life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
A man called Ove - Fredrik Backman's
Carry On Jeeves – PG Woodhouse
The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt
Nine Stories – J.D. Salinger
The surgeon of crowthorne - Simon Winchester

Re: SE1 Book Club 2016

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 12:06:14 +0000

Last night book club was the last for 2016. We will start again in Jan discussing [b]White Tiger by Aravind Adiga (2008).[/b]

we will however be meeting again for our Book Club Social on [b]Dec 5th[/b] at [b]Fine Foods[/b] Long Lane at [b]7.30pm[/b]

I have booked a table. If you have not already done so please can you let me know if you plan to come so I can confirm the numbers.

I will short list 3 books to vote on the night for the Feb book club and will will also be voting on our favourite and least favourite book of the year.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2016

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 18:22:31 +0000

Grange Lady's book selection list (could be for the January or the Feb book club).

1. Elizabeth is missing by Emma Healy (2014). Debut novel. Just so different to any other book!

'Elizabeth is missing', reads the note in Maud's pocket in her own handwriting.

Lately, Maud's been getting forgetful. She keeps buying peach slices when she has a cupboard full, forgets to drink the cups of tea she's made and writes notes to remind herself of things. But Maud is determined to discover what has happened to her friend, Elizabeth, and what it has to do with the unsolved disappearance of her sister Sukey, years back, just after the war.

2. Second time of proposing this one - an English classic. Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome (1889).

A travelogue of three friends (and a dog) rowing up the Thames is as fresh today as the day it was written. The boating holiday itself is a pretty ordinary affair. They get lost in a maze, they have problems with food packaging, they get drunk, one of the party is menaced by swans, they have a minor culinary disaster and so on.

3. Another one that has been proposed to the group before: White Tiger by Aravind Adiga (2008).
Another debut novel, transporting you to the world of Indian "entrepreneurship" and the social ties when you come from a poor, small village and move to the City.

On the occasion of the president of China’s impending trip to Bangalore, Balram writes a letter to him describing his transformation and his experience as driver and servant to a wealthy Indian family, which he thinks exemplifies the contradictions and complications of Indian society.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2016

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 18:01:46 +0000

Oops, realised we have a clash on 5th Dec and would need to leave just after 9.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2016

Sat, 12 Nov 2016 09:58:26 +0000

Thanks for clarifying, Jac!
Everything is illuminated :-)

Re: SE1 Book Club 2016

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 21:48:54 +0000

Ok so I got a bit confused.

So next book club Is 21st November and we will be discussing the glass castle. In theory Chris should be short listing then but he may be too busy with his new job and his 42 challenge, for book club at the moment, so grange lady can you have your short list ready for the 21 st just in case.

I am after you so will have 3 ready for the december social so we will then definitely have books for Jan and Feb chosen before Xmas. Chris if you get to read this then let us have you choices and I will hold back on mine.

scanellkate. We Would love to see you at the next book club if you haven't had the chance to read glass castle by then do come along anyway and introduce yourself. as always new members always welcome.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2016

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 09:00:58 +0000

Hi all,

no book club at the end of December, that's fine, makes sense. Also, I can't make the social on Long lane this year, Jac, thanks for offering.

As for book titles, we won't be choosing the January books two months ahead as we normally do, is that right? Is there not a way of having the list at the end of this month? I'm just thinking we'll have more time to both get a copy and read whatever we chose before and after the mad Christmas time. What do you think?

Take care, all.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2016

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 18:55:17 +0000

Yes lets do that Grange lady. As we are not discussing until Jan there will be plenty of time, so its not the end of the world.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2016

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 20:25:58 +0000

I volunteered to post about the next book. In October we had a rather unorthodox method of choosing a book and eventually agreed on [b]No end in sight[/b] by [b]Jonathan Hal[/b]l.
It seems though that the book is now out of print. So....

I suggest that we abandon that choice, although I have a copy if anyone would like to read it (and there was one second-hand copy on Amazon when I looked).

Shall I short-list books for the January book club and we can choose it at Jac's suggested Christmas Social?

2 places for the Grange Lady and Gentleman please!


Re: SE1 Book Club 2016

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 11:08:02 +0000

Next book club will be on [b]Monday 21st November[/b] at [b]The Kings Arms[/b] Newcomen Street from [b]7.30pm[/b] and Kate we would love to see you there.

The book we will be discussing is [b]The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls[/b]

I wasn't at the last book club so I'm not sure what the next book is Perhaps someone else can enlighten us.

Chris should have been the next to shortlist but as he missed it last month and might not see this could Grange Lady please have her shortlist ready.

[b]December Book Club Social[/b]
In the past when we were meeting the first week of the month, we gave January a miss but this year I think it will be better to give December a miss instead. However if anyone would like to come to a Bookclub social at the Italian Deli in Long Lane as we have done the past then please let me know asap so I can book a table I would suggest we do that on [b]Monday 5th December[/b].

Re: SE1 Book Club 2016

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 10:35:38 +0000


Do you have a date for the next book club? I would love to join.



Re: Making new friends SE1

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 16:26:09 +0000

Hi Jan I havn`t been on the site for a long timd due to circumstances but I see you have moved.I do hope you are happy and settled in your new place.I have found a group which has a lot of people in it who lived in Peabody Buildings like myself and Roupel St,Stamford Street and all around that area and I am going to a reunion in London next month .It is 34years since I was last in London and I can't tell you how much I am looking forward to it.I have seen plenty of photos of my old area and know how much it has changed but the beautiful sites of London are still there.I can hardly wait to see my London again.Wishing you well making friends in se1. mags xx

Charity beer tasting

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 06:09:30 +0000

Hi, I'm organising a charity beer tasting at Southwark Brewing Company on Druid Street on Wednesday 2 November 6.30pm. Tickets £20 and all proceeds go to local charity, Link Age Southwark (I'm one of the trustees). All welcome! Details here

Lend Lease tree planting

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:38:09 +0000

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Re: SE1 Book Club 2016

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 07:28:18 +0000

Hi all,

I missed last book club as I was away - I really enjoyed reading the Diary of a nobody, though, great fun. I'd have given it at least a 6 and would have liked to hear your views.
Not sure if I was the only one that couldn't attend - can you let me / us know what the list of three titles was for the November book and which one won? Thanks.

Re: Squash

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 15:11:25 +0000

I am/was intermeduate level before a break. Would like to play on thurs/fri in se1....

Re: SE1 Book Club 2016

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:11:01 +0000

The next book club will be on Monday 17th October at 7.30pm at the Kings Arms Newcomen Street.

the book we will be discussing is Diary of a nobody - George Grossmith

Chris will be shortlisting the next three books for us to choose from.

The book for November is The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

The SE1 Book club is a mixed group, anyone who lives or works in SE1 and likes reading is welcome to join. Just come along and say hello. Ask at the bar if you are not sure who we are. New members are always welcome.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2016

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 11:04:35 +0000


My choices below:

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Epic of the Joad family, forced to travel west from Dust Bowl era Oklahoma in search of the promised land of California. Their story is one of false hopes, thwarted desires and powerlessness, yet out of their struggle Steinbeck created a drama that is both intensely human and majestic in its scale and moral vision.

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
The Glass Castle is a memoir and an absolutely shocking tale of growing up in rural America. Every time you think things can’t get any worse – they do. Your own childhood will seem like a rose-coloured tale after you make your way through this book.

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (1899):
The main character, Charles Marlow, transports Ivory down the Congo River in Central Africa. During one of his trips he meets Mr. Kurtz, a man well known to the natives, with whom he develops an unhealthy obsession. Heart of Darkness is an exploration of colonialism and the brutality and racism that is deemed necessary to maintain power.

Re: Come Dine with Us in 2016

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 07:53:51 +0000

[quote Tattie]
Wines: Prosecco with Chambered

Couches and chambered ... these events are getting very cosy!

Re: SE1 Book Club 2016

Sat, 20 Aug 2016 16:00:10 +0000

The next book club will be on Monday [b]19th September[/b] at [b]7.30pm[/b] at the [b]Kings Arms[/b] Newcomen Street.

the book we will be discussing is [b]Rituals[/b] by Cees Nooteboom.

Wendy will be shortlisting the next three books for us to choose from.

The book for October is [b]Diary of a nobody[/b] - George Grossmith

The SE1 Book club is a mixed group, anyone who lives or works in SE1 and likes reading is welcome to join. Just come along and say hello. Ask at the bar if you are not sure who we are. New members are always welcome.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2016

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 19:52:34 +0000

Diary of a nobody is the choice for October

Re: SE1 Book Club 2016

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 19:52:05 +0000

Diary of a nobody is the choice for September

Re: SE1 Book Club 2016

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 11:40:27 +0000

Here are my 3 choices:

* Three men in a boat - Jerome K. Jerome
Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog), published in 1889, is a humorous account by English writer Jerome K. Jerome of a two-week boating holiday on the Thames from Kingston upon Thames to Oxford and back to Kingston. The book was initially intended to be a serious travel guide, with accounts of local history along the route, but the humorous elements took over to the point where the serious and somewhat sentimental passages seem a distraction to the comic novel.

* Diary of a nobody - George Grossmith
The Diary of a Nobody is so unassuming a work that even its author, George Grossmith, seemed unaware that he had produced a masterpiece. For more than a century this wonderfully comic portrayal of suburban life and values has remained in print, a source of delight to generations of readers, and a major literary influence, much imitated but never equalled.
If you don’t recognise yourself at some point in The Diary you are probably less than human. If you can read it without laughing aloud you have no sense of humour.

* The Ragged Trousers Philatropists - Robert Tressel
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists is a classic representation of the impoverished and politically powerless underclass of British society in Edwardian England, ruthlessly exploited by the institutionalized corruption of their employers and the civic and religious authorities. Epic in scale, the novel charts the ruinous effects of the laissez-faire mercantilist ethics on the men, women, and children of the working classes, and through its emblematic characters, argues for a socialist politics as the only hope for a civilized and humane life for all.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2016

Sun, 14 Aug 2016 20:52:05 +0000

[quote natlondon]Hi all,

of the selection above, [b]Gods behaving badly[/b] will be discussed this [b]Monday 15th August[/b] - at the King's Arms, Newcomen Street, 7.30. Based on our last conversation we may well say a few words about Kevin Katchadourian, too, who knows...

Of the selection proposed in print in July for the September session (The unbearable lightness of being by Milan Kundera, The third man by Graham Greene and Rituals by Cees Nooteboom) the majority vote went for [b]Rituals[/b]. We'll talk about it on [b]Monday 19th September[/b].
Nicola, we'll see you then, welcome!

See you all this Monday, enjoy the sunshine in the meantime.[/quote]

Thanks Nat I have been meaning to post couldn't remember which book was for sept and ironically neither could MrJac tattle should be shortlisting I will remind her.
See you all tomorrow