Monthly Archive for May, 2008

Living Room Book Group: dates and books July-December 2008

We’ve had some fascinating discussions at the recent Living Room Book Group meetings, and we’re pleased to see so many new faces joining our regulars as well.

Many of you have asked us what the next few books will be – so without further ado, below are the dates and books we’ll be discussing in meetings until the end of the year. As always, we’ll have a lunchtime meeting (12.30pm) and an evening meeting (6.30pm) on the dates below, and you’re welcome to attend either.

Tuesday 1 July: Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
First published in 1961, and recently rediscovered by both readers and critics, Richard Yates’s Revolutionary Road is a portrait of a failing marriage. Dialogues between husband and wife are brilliantly used to bring concealed resentments to the surface. While the situation is tragic, it is also cruelly comic and incisive, leaving the reader questioning their reaction to the story.

There will be no meeting in August due to summer holidays.

Tuesday 2 September: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
A relentlessly unsentimental rendering of Nigerian tribal life before and after the coming of colonialism. First published in 1958, just two years before Nigeria declared independence from Great Britain, it is the story of a people standing up for themselves in front of a colonial ruler.

Tuesday 7 October: Amongst Women by John McGahern
Moran is an old Republican, a veteran of the Irish Civil War. His old age, its rhythm and shape, is dominated by his three daughters. It is they who revive the custom of celebrating Monaghan Day and it is through their lives that we discover the story of his life.

Tuesday 4 November: Life Class by Pat Barker
In the Spring of 1914 a group of students at the Slade School of Art have gathered for a life-drawing class. As the class develops, so do the students’ feelings for one other, until one of them leaves to join the war effort. By the time he returns, he must accept that life, and love, will never be the same again. Pat Barker is one of the UK’s most celebrated authors, her most famous work being the Regeneration trilogy. (Life Class isn’t published in paperback until early August, so if you’d like to buy it before that, only the hardback edition will be available.)

Tuesday 2 December: The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
The narrator is a young governess, sent off to a country house to take charge of two orphaned children. She finds a pleasant house and a comfortable housekeeper, while the children are beautiful and charming. But she soon begins to feel the presence of intense evil… A perfect Victorian story for dark winter nights.

Books are available as usual at Blackwell bookshop on Haymarket in Newcastle, where you’ll get a £2 discount off the list price if you show your Living Room Book Group membership card. This discount is not available in conjunction with any other offer.

As you may have seen, we now have a table in the main part of the shop dedicated to book groups run by New Writing North, so all the books will be easy to find.

If you have lost your membership card or have never had one, please call New Writing North on 0191 222 1332 or email readinggroup@newwritingnorth.com to request one.

See you at the next meeting!

Claire, Anna, Cath and Liv at New Writing North