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Book Club at Barney and Fulmodeston – December 2011.
Book Club moves to the third Thursday of each month in 2012- starting on January 19th with Alex Garland’s ‘The Beach’ – an escapist Thailand set novel that soon spirals into murky depths.
There will be no Book Club meeting in December 2011 (excepting the existing groups ‘expenses’ beano outing – date to be arranged).
New members are welcome from January 19th 2012 – 7pm at Old School Hall Fulmodeston. If you intend to join us get your book copy and information from David Waites – email@example.com or 01328 878240.
Book Club at Barney & Fulmodeston
The November Book Club meeting will be on Tuesday November 22nd at 7pm in the Old School Hall. David Waites will present J.M. Coetzee’s 1999 Booker Prize winning novel, ‘Disgrace’. A film version was made in 2008. Coetzee has since received the Nobel Prize for Literature.
There may be a Book Club meeting in December – but with no specific book to discuss. Beware – the evening may involve festive fare. January 2012 Book Club date to be announced.
Barney and Fulmodeston Book Club – October 18th 2011.
Our October 18th title will be ‘The Road Home’ 2008 by Rose Tremain – to be presented by Tessa Gent.
The following meeting will be November 22nd – (title to be announced).
N.B. Book Club will recommence in January 2012.
New members are welcome. Attend at The Old School Hall, Fulmodeston -7pm. You will need to provide contact details.
For further information contact David Waites 01328 878240 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Barney and Fulmodeston Book Club – August.
Our September 20 title will be ‘Summer at Gaglow’ by Esther Freud to be presented by Jo Burdett.
Copies will be available by mid August for existing book club members.
New members are welcome at the next meeting (Sept 20) at The Old School Hall, Fulmodeston at 7.00pm. You will need to provide contact details. (October’s book choice will be by Tessa).
For further information and September’s book contact David Waites 01328 878240 or email@example.com .
The Book Club will meet again in September 2011. There will be no meetings in July or August.
September’s 2011 book choice will be announced later along with a date for meeting.
The group meets at 7.00pm for 7.30pm start at The Old School Hall, Fulmodeston. Newcomers welcome.
Contact David Waites 01328 878240 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The June 21st meeting will seek to unravel Mike Marshall’s book choice ‘The Cloud Atlas’ 2004 by David Mitchell (not the TV Comic).
The group meets at 7.00pm for 7.30pm start at The Old School Hall, Fulmodeston.
Contact David Waites 01328 878240 or at email@example.com
The Book Club meets on May 17th to discuss/criticise – ‘Birdsong‘ by Sebastian Faulkes, which Sue Vaughan will review for us.
Book Club meets in the Old School Hall, Fulmodeston at 7pm.
Contact David Waites for more about Book Club at firstname.lastname@example.org 01328878240
The Book Club Meets on April 19th at 7pm in the Old School Hall, Fulmodeston.
April’s title is Will Self’s satirical quartet of stories Liver. David Waites will provide appropriately diverting refreshment with similar introduction.
Contact David on 01238 878240 if you are interested in joining us.
The Book Club meets on the March 22nd to dissect and discuss Michael Ondaatje’s novel Divisadero which Diana Hiles will present. Ondaatje was a poet before he embarked on a writing career.
Barney and Fulmodeston Book Club: January 2011
After two years as organiser of the village book club, Alan Heath has handed over the reins to David Waites of Barney, who assumed the role at the January 2011 meeting, when the group discussed Ian McEwan’s The Child of Time. Continuing the established pattern, members will take turns selecting the monthly reading choices, the convenor obtaining copies of the books from the Norfolk and Norwich Libraries Service, who have remained firm supporters of book clubs throughout the region. The book for our February 22nd meeting, selected by the Blackmans of Barney, is No Time for Goodbye by Linwood Barclay, a review of which may be found online at http://www.linwoodbarclay.com/goodbye.html
At our meetings we discuss the book in question after a general introduction by the member who nominated the title. Discussions usually last an hour or two and naturally reflect the power of the writing and writer in focus. Generally the group have stuck to novels – a very wide range of genre – and since an aim was to introduce recent developments in writing we have steered away from dense Victorian ‘bricks’ or encyclopaedic novels whose sole purpose might be, for instance, to describe a ship’s tackle in the Middle Ages. We have favoured post-1945 writers, but have been advised by the Libraries service that books newer than three years old will be hard to come by. Alan has found that American authors, even ones with good reputations internationally, are also hard to come by locally. Occasionally, when a book has been in short supply, members have obtained their own second-hand copies via Amazon.
Members contribute £1 per meeting to cover hire of the Old School Hall, and to pay for incidentals such as lost books (which has yet to occur) or to supply some future jackpot as yet undetermined. Refreshments are provided by the person whose book choice is being discussed, and usually consist of wine, juice, and a variety of nibbles ranging from outright gourmet delicacies to birthday cakes to cheese and crackers. No one leaves one of our meetings thirsty nor hungry. New members are always welcome, either for a ‘taster’ evening or for longer commitment.
Contact David Waites on 878240 or at David Waites
Book Club Reads Ian McEwan
Having observed holiday hiatus for December, the Fulbarneystone Book Club recovenes on 25 January 2011 at the Old School Hall at 7.00 pm to discuss Ian McEwan’s A Child In Time, which will be presented by Sue Tufnell. The library service is having trouble supplying enough copies for our growing group, so members may need to get a cheap copy from Amazon, or share. If you do not have a copy phone Alan on 878364, please, not that he will be able to work miracles, but he knows a man who can.
Many thanks to Jackie Barnes for arranging our bookings and acting as sub treasurer.
Future convocations are February 22 – we will read No Time for Goodbye by Linwood Barclay, selected by Robert Blackman, and March 22 – book to be decided. We are a friendly group of locals from as far afield as almost Stibbard and definitely Melton Constable who like reading, talking about reading, and settling down with a nice glass of something Mediterranean. You’d like us, honest. Why not come along and find out?
The Book Club met for its November gathering and improvised a discussion on Jack Kerouac’s cult novel from the 1950’s ‘On The Road’. One member had an original copy in paperback. Reading keeps you young it seems and we discovered several members have a past history of hitch-hiking on diverse continents.
There will be no meeting for December 2010.
January 25th 2011 at the OSH at 7.00pm is the next meeting with Ian McEwan’s ‘A Child In Time’, which will be presented by Sue Tufnell. Meanwhile, Tessa will distribute copies to readers soon. If you do not have a copy phone Tessa Gent on 878288 please.
We welcome Alan back to the fold after extensive cultural research in old USA. Many thanks to Jackie Barnes for arranging our bookings and acting as sub treasurer.
Other dates for the 2011 are; February 22nd – a book to be selected by Roger Blackman. March 22nd- book to be decided.
New members are always welcome. Books are selected by each member in turn and are generally supplied by the local library service, which we hope politicians in their wisdom will maintain. The group have resolved to keep to contemporary books (post 1945).
“Big, Brave, Brilliant”: The Village Book Club for October
The Guardian called it “big, brave and brilliant”, while The Times said it was “superbly imagined”. The Scotsman called it “scintillating”. So Sally’s recommendation of Philip Reeve’s Mortal Engines has the Book Club all awhirl for our October 28th gathering in Old School Hall, 7 for 7.30 as usual. The first instalment of the ‘Mortal Engines’ quartet, it won the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award as well as the Nestlé Smarties Prize Gold Award and was shortlisted for the Whitbread Book Award. The books are about the lives of two young adventurers, Tom Natsworthy and Hester Shaw, who live in a lawless post-apocalyptic world inhabited by moving cities. As Sally said in her introduction to the book at our September meeting, ‘good writing knows no age boundaries’, since adults have also come to love Reeves’ writing. New members are cordially invited to come along to a session where food, drink, conviviality and reflection center around a chosen book of the month. Jack Kerouac’s ‘beat generation’ On the Road is the featured book for November. The novel was chosen by Time magazine as one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005. The November 16th session will be led by Gill Hinds. For more info phone Alan on 878364.
William Trevor’s Summer of Love: A Book Club Idyll
Members of the village book club are reading William Trevor’s novel, Love and Summer, for their 21st September meeting, 7.00 for 7.30 p.m. in Old School Hall. The discussion will be moderated by Susan Vaughan, whose book choice this is. They have just finished Victoria Hislop’s tale of a Greek leper colony, The Island. The October choice was to have been a selection of classic Norse myths, perfect for nights that are drawing in, suggested by Sally who will chair that meeting, but it seems that there are not enough copies available through Norfolk libraries. Instead we will read a young adolescent novel, Mortal Engines, by Philip Reeve. Two new members have joined the group over the summer and if you are a reader who loves talking about literature, this is the group for you. Members come from nether Fulmodeston on the Stibbard borders, from both our villages, and from faraway Melton Constable. Each gathering is mellowed with snacks and libations, and we have yet to come to blows over differences of opinion. Phone me on 878364 for more details, or email email@example.com. The September assembly will also celebrate Jackie Barnes’ birthday, so for those who love chocolate cake, this is just one more incentive for coming along.
For October, we are reading Sally’s recommendation by Philip Reeve which won the Blue Peter Book of the Year Prize and the Nestle Prize, and for November, Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. We have heard that some villagers are reading these books in tandem with us, even though they are not able to attend our get-togethers. The more readers, the merrier.
Book Club Revellers at the Fun Parade in July 2010
The Fulmodeston and Barney Book Club will meet on Tuesday, August 17, at 7 for 7.30 pm, in Old School Hall to discuss Victoria Hislop’s Grecian novel, The Island, the evening to be led by Ann Edwards whose book choice this is. New members are warmly invited to consider joining our lively group, which seems to be part gourmet dining society, part literary group. Good eats, choice drinks, and an evening discussing a good book — sound appealing? Come! For more details, phone Alan on 878 364 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fulmodeston and Barney Book Club will meet in Old School Hall on Tuesday evening, July 27, to discuss Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake, which Diana has recommended. She will lead the discussion of the book, a look at a putative dystopia in which scientific experimentation has had dread results. The club recently met to discuss Tracey Chevalier’s Burning Bright, set in 18th century Lambeth near the home of William Blake. It seems to us to be a book greater than the sum of its parts, leaving readers with a sense of how urban London life differed from that of rural Dorset, but also making us wish the characters had been more fully developed, the story more gripping.
The book for August will be Victoria Hislop’s The Island.
Members of the Book Club have agreed to take an active part in the villages parade during Arts Week on 20th July, beginning at 4, leaving from Runciman’s Farm on Croxton Road, and ending at the Schofield’s in Barney when the musical soiree with Purcell School students will begin.