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Published: Sun, 18 Mar 2018 11:14:49 +0000

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Re: SE1 BookClub 2018

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 11:14:49 +0000

Hi all,

I won't be able to make it tomorrow I'm afraid - I've lost my voice!
I haven't finished The orphan master's son - can't say it worked for me, but I've not been in proper reading mode lately so I might give it another chance later. No mark for now, I've barely read a third of it.

Hope you are all well.
See you next month if not by then.

Re: SE1 BookClub 2018

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 09:37:12 +0000

Book club tomorrow evening at [b]7.30 King's Arms, Newcomen St[/b]. We will be discussing [b]The Orphan Master's Son[/b] by Adam Johnson.

We always welcome new members so, if you've been thinking of joining, do come along tomorrow and introduce yourself.

Re: SE1 BookClub 2018

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 22:14:18 +0000

The book for April is Stone Mattress: Nine Wicked Tales - Margaret Atwood

Re: SE1 BookClub 2018

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:19:40 +0000

Hello all,

I think that it's my turn to nominate:

[b]Stone Mattress: Nine Wicked Tales - Margaret Atwood[/b]

A recently widowed fantasy writer is guided through a stormy winter evening by the voice of her late husband. An elderly lady with Charles Bonnet syndrome comes to terms with the little people she keeps seeing, while a newly formed populist group gathers to burn down her retirement residence. A woman born with a genetic abnormality is mistaken for a vampire, and a crime committed long ago is revenged in the Arctic via a 1.9 billion-year-old stromatolite.

In these nine tales, Margaret Atwood ventures into the shadowland earlier explored by fabulists and concoctors of dark yarns such as Robert Louis Stevenson, Daphne du Maurier and Arthur Conan Doyle - and also by herself, in her award-winning novel Alias Grace. In Stone Mattress, Margaret Atwood is at the top of her darkly humorous and seriously playful game.

[b]The Narrow Road to the Deep North - Richard Flanagan[/b]

Forever after, there were for them only two sorts of men: the men who were on the Line, and the rest of humanity, who were not.

In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Burma Death Railway, surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle’s young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever.

This is a story about the many forms of love and death, of war and truth, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost.

[b]The Essex Serpent - Sarah Perry[/b]

London, 1893. When Cora Seaborne's controlling husband dies, she steps into her new life as a widow with as much relief as sadness. Along with her son Francis - a curious, obsessive boy - she leaves town for Essex, in the hope that fresh air and open space will provide refuge.

On arrival, rumours reach them that the mythical Essex Serpent, once said to roam the marshes claiming lives, has returned to the coastal parish of Aldwinter. Cora, a keen amateur naturalist with no patience for superstition, is enthralled, convinced that what the local people think is a magical beast may be a yet-undiscovered species. As she sets out on its trail, she is introduced to William Ransome, Aldwinter's vicar, who is also deeply suspicious of the rumours, but thinks they are a distraction from true faith.

As he tries to calm his parishioners, Will and Cora strike up an intense relationship, and although they agree on absolutely nothing, they find themselves at once drawn together and torn apart, affecting each other in ways that surprise them both.
The Essex Serpent is a celebration of love, and the many different shapes it can take.

Football on Peckham Rye Common

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 19:58:59 +0000

We are a bunch of guys who play football on the Common every Sunday morning. We are pretty organised with goals and bibs. Typically we can have games ranging from 5-a-side to 11-a-side depending on turnout on the day.

We've recently had a drop in numbers and are looking for guys interest in playing regularly every week. We are competitive, yet have a laugh, and ideally you should have some experience as well as being prepared with your own kit, boots, shinguards etc.

If interested, then please PM me for details.


Re: SE1 BookClub 2018

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:37:40 +0000

We met on Monday to talk about See What I have Done by Sarah Schmidt - scores of between 4 and 7, with an interest in expectations for the world of women's lives now compared to then.

And the book chosen from the 3 nominated books for [b]March[/b] is 2: [b]The Orphan Master's Son: Adam Johnson[/b]

[b]Next[/b] month we meet on [b]February 19t[/b]h a[b]t 7.30 in the King's Arms in Newcomen St[/b] to discuss [b]The Shore by Sara Taylor[/b].

We always welcome newcomers, so if you have been thinking for a while that you'd like to join or if you've just discovered us do come along.

Re: SE1 BookClub 2018

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 19:10:06 +0000

Hi all, so sorry I cannot make it tonight, my brother’s wife just gave birth so I have been down with my family outside of London.

I have nominated the following 3 books:

Let me be frank with you: Richard Ford.

Richard Ford returns with four deftly linked Christmas stories narrated by the iconic Frank Bascombe. Now sixty-eight, Frank resides again in the New Jersey suburb of Haddam, and has thrived – seemingly but not utterly – amidst the devastations of Hurricane Sandy. The desolations of Sandy, which left countless lives unmoored, are the perfect backdrop for Ford – and Bascombe. With a flawless comedic sensibility and unblinking intelligence, these stories range over the full complement of universal subjects: ageing, race, loss, faith, marriage, the real estate debacle – the tumult of the world we live in.

The Orphan Master's Son: Adam Johnson

Pak Jun Do knows he is special. He knows he must be the son of the master of the orphanage, not some kid dumped by his parents – it was obvious from the way his father singled him out for beatings.
He knows he is special when he is picked as a spy and kidnapper for his country, the glorious Democratic Republic of North Korea.
He knows he must find his true love, Sun Moon, the greatest opera star who ever lived, before it’s too late.
He knows he’s not like the other prisoners in the camp.
He’s going to get out soon.

Imagine me gone: Adam Haslett

Michael's father walked into the woods one day, and out of his family's life for ever. Yet he and his brother and sister see it less as a tragedy in their past and more as a forewarning of the future. For Michael - smart, brilliant, so alive and vital - feels the darkness that drew their father away and how, given the chance, it might take the whole family. He wants to save them - but can he save himself?

Thanks! See you next month!


SE1 BookClub 2018

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 11:30:10 +0000

Now in our 13th year, We are an informal and hopefully friendly book club that doesn't take itself too seriously. 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 book club of 2018 will be on Monday [b]15th January,[/b] we will talk about [b]See what I have done, by Sarah Schmidt[/b]. As usual, at [b]The King's Arms, Newcomen St, from 7.30pm.[/b] Our February book will be [b]The shore, by Sara Taylor[/b]. which we will talk about on [b]Monday 19th February.[/b] Here's an updated list of the books we have read so far 2017 White Tiger by Aravind Adiga The world accroding to garp Don’t look Now Daphne De maurier His Bloody Project: Graeme Macrae Burnet operation Shylock - a confession by Philip Roth Me Cheetah - The Autobiography by James Lever The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon by Alexander McCall Smith. 11.22.63 by Stephen King The Prince of Tides by PAT CONROY The Memory of Love. by Aminatta Forna Fires of Autumn by Irene Némirovsky 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 Birthda[...]

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 11:22:23 +0000

Round Up of the The books of 2017

Over the year we read the following books and marked them in order from favourite to least liked books The brackets gives the average score Lowest score = most liked

White Tiger by Aravind Adiga (2.8)
The world accroding to garp (2.4)
Don’t look Now Daphne De maurier (6.2)
His Bloody Project: Graeme Macrae Burnet (7.5)
operation Shylock - a confession by Philip Roth (6.3)
Me Cheetah - The Autobiography by James Lever (1)
The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon by Alexander McCall Smith.(5.3)
11.22.63 by Stephen King (9.6)
The Prince of Tides by PAT CONROY (2.4)
The Memory of Love. by Aminatta Forna (1)
Fires of Autumn by Irene Némirovsky (4.5)

The most popular book was Memory of Love but was only read by two people both scoring it as their favourite book fo the year.

me cheetah was also rated as the book of the year by one person and no one else read it or at least no one else finished it!

Of the books more widely read The prince of Tides and The world according to garp both read by 5 people and scoring and average 2.4

The flop of the year was 11.22.63 read by 5 people and scored 9.6 followed by His bloody project at.7.5

The most read book of the year was Fires of Autumn

We will be back again next year and as always new members are welcome to come along. We meet the third monday of each month.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 23:22:59 +0000

Hi all,

so lovely to see you all tonight after a long while.

The selection for the February book was on the theme of Home:
Book 1: [u]Home[/u], by Toni Morrison (2012)
For Frank and his sister, home is a small town Georgia. He’s hated it all his life but he has to take her back there. Frank is a quintessentially American character struggling through another shameful moment in the nation's history. The novel is almost eerie in its timeliness – it is set in the 1950s, yet it calls to mind the plight of today's veterans returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Book 2: [u]The turtle warrior[/u], by Mary Relindes Ellis (2005)
For the Lucas family, home is on a farm near a small town in Wisconsin. There are relatively few characters here, two parents, two sons, two kind neighbours. Wisconsin is a character too, as well as the farm. It’s both quiet and disquiet, beautiful and ugly. A complex and compelling story rich in history and compassion. Eerie, lonely, lovely, remote northern Wisconsin before, during and after the Vietnam War.

Book 3: [u]The shore[/u], by Sara Taylor (2015)
For the two families here, home is a few islands off the Virginia coast. The book spans two centuries so there are a lot of characters, all linked to the place and most women have in common this resilience that keeps them going on through generations. Adversity takes many forms, from violence to poverty, drugs and misogyny. Yet it isn’t all bleak, the Shawnee ancestors come to the rescue, and nature is beautiful.

And the winner iiiiis..... [b]The shore[/b], by Sara Taylor. which we will talk about on [b]Monday 19th February[/b].

As a reminder, on [b]Monday 15th January[/b], we will talk about [b]See what I have done[/b], by Sarah Schmidt. As usual, at the King's Arms, Newcomen St, 7.30.

Have a lovely Christmas everyone, and a splendid New Year.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 14:49:11 +0000

[quote natlondon]Hi all,

where are we meeting for Christmas dinner on Monday?[/quote]
I sent you an email . It's a fine food long lane 7.30pm

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 18:30:57 +0000

Hi all,

where are we meeting for Christmas dinner on Monday?

Re: 5 a side football

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:31:34 +0000

We're looking for a couple of extra players for a 7-a-side game on a Tuesday night.
Please send me a private message if you are interested.
Would suit older players of any ability.

Pilates locally

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:47:19 +0000

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Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:16:30 +0000

We met on Monday night to discuss The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna. Scores were good at 8/10, although not everyone had finished the book.

Next month we meet on [b]20th November[/b] at [b]the King's Arms, Newcomen St at 7.30[/b] again, to talk about [b]The Fires of Autumn by Irene Némirovsky.[/b]

Hope to see you there. Do let us know if you'd like to join the annual [b]Christmas dinner on 4th Dec.[/b] We'll be voting for the best and worst of the year, so no book for December.

For the [b]January[/b] book we voted to read debut novel [b]See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt[/b].

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:51:53 +0000

At the October book club on 16th we will be voting for the January book. Mr Jac will propose the 3 choices.

For December we will be meeting for our annual [b]Book Club dinner on 4th December[/b]. Please let us know if you want to join us so we can give you details of place and time. We'll vote for best and worst books read in 2017.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:46:59 +0000

Last night we discussed The Prince of Tides that received general acclaim from readers (average marks 8 out of 10), despite what we felt was an unpromising title and the 1991 film that relates only part of the whole story.

The book chosen for [b]October[/b] is [b]The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna[/b]. We have booked a table again at the [b]Kings Arms, Newcomen Street for Monday 16th October at 7.30.[/b]

We also voted on the book for [b]November[/b] which is the [b]Fires of Autumn[/b] by [b]Irene Némirovsky[/b].
A French writer of Ukrainian-Jewish origin, author of Suite Francaise. In 1942 Némirovsky was arrested as a Jew and detained at Pithiviers and then Auschwitz, where she died, a victim of the Holocaust. The notebook containing the two novels was preserved by her daughters but not examined until 1998. They were published posthumously in a single volume. The Fires of Autumn was published in 1957.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 14:47:03 +0000

Hi all,

my vote for the October book goes to Aminatta Forna's [b]The Memory of Love[/b].
See you on Monday - tomorrow - to talk about The Prince of Tides.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 12:46:44 +0000

Hello everyone,

Would you like to vote on the book for October please from my list above?

I think it's Jac's turn to propose 3 books for November at our next book club.

[b]Monday 18th Sept at King's Arms, Newcomen St, at 7.30.[/b]

Re: Beautiful Balin

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 14:05:23 +0000

[quote Peter.B]A bit late to advertise but never too late...

We will improving the flower beds around the Balin and Brenley House on the weekend. We would like to notice you and ask your help if you are living in and around. Details on the notice boards, in our [url=]Facebook group[/url] or [url=]here[/url] or [url=]here[/url]

It would be an ongoing project.

(my first post so be gentle, please)[/quote]
It sounds so exciting! I am really keen on that. Thank you for sharing. Hope you will keep sharing such a great event!

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 10:59:24 +0000

Have you seen that they've made a film of 'Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem'? This was one of the books that we've read in this book club. will be interesting to see it.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 14:09:29 +0000

Well the views on the Stephen King were far from complimentary from 0-3/10- apart from NicG above giving it a 6! Not many of us said we'd bother to finish it.

For the September book club on [b]18th September[/b] we'll meet at the [b]Kings Arms[/b] again, on [b]Newcomen St at 7.30[/b] to discuss [b]Pat Conroy's book Prince of Tides[/b].

[b]All newcomers welcome of course[/b] - LilaSE1 and saidhbh, do come along.

For our October book, here are my 3 suggested titles, all set in Africa ranging over more than half a century:

[b]Doris Lessing - The Grass is singing.[/b] Lessing arrived in London in the spring of 1949 with £20 and the manuscript of a novel drawing heavily on her life in Africa, exploring the power and fear at the heart of the colonial experience. When Mary Turner's husband becomes sick she takes over the running of their failing Rhodesian farm. Gradually she begins to develop a relationship with one of their black servants, Moses – a relationship the reader knows will end in tragedy from the first page.

[b]Aminatta Forna - The Memory of Love[/b]. Set in Sierre Leone, but a universal theme. A dying man Elias Cole, reflects on a past obsession: Saffia, the woman he loved, and Julius, her charismatic, unpredictable husband. Three lives will collide in a story about friendship, love, war, about understanding the indelible effects of the past and the nature of obsessive love.

[b]Tendai Huchu - The Hairdresser of Harare[/b]. Vimbai is the star hairdresser of her salon, the smartest in Harare, Zimbabwe, until the enigmatic Dumisani appears. But disaster is near, as Vimbai soon uncovers Dumi's secret, a discovery that will result in brutality and tragedy, testing their relationship to the very limit. The Hairdresser of Harare is a stylish, funny and sophisticated first-hand account of life today in Zimbabwe's capital city, confounding stereotypes and challenging injustice with equal fearlessness.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:41:55 +0000

Hi all,

sorry I am stuck at work tonight and can't come. I give the Stephen King book a 6. Slow to get started but fun from page 95 or so! See you next month!

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:59:24 +0000

We are always welcome to new members, just come along and introduce yourself. If your not sure who we are just ask at the bar they know us.

We are meeting tonight so do come along if you would like even if you have not read the current book.

That said I will not be there tonight for the bookclub as such but Mr jac will be and I will pop along later to join you.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:14:22 +0000


I was hoping to join this group if you're accepting new members please? When and where do you meet?


Re: SE1 Book Club 2015

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 10:31:59 +0000

thank you!

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 10:31:29 +0000

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 09:39:19 +0000

[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 00:56:47 +0000

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: SE1 Book Club 2017

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:55:10 +0000

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.