Monthly Archive for March, 2013

Slumming it…

My copy of this month’s book, ‘Down and Out in Paris and London’ by George Orwell was 5 shillings, which shows how old it is. It was actually nicked by my brother from his old school in 1968, when he joined the communist party.  He swiped a load of interesting books, ‘Animal Farm’ and ‘The Road to Wigan Pier’ being two more, saying that ‘all property was theft’ which meant that we had a small but eclectic library in our house. I’m glad he did because it became one of my favourite books and one that hasn’t dimmed with age. It seems that many of you (almost all in fact, a first for book club!) really enjoyed it too and we had two great discussions yesterday, ranging from conditions in the 1930’s to the economic situation now. At the end of the evening session the book seemed less of an historic document and more of a prophetic warning on how easy it is to fall through the cracks…

Next month we’re seeing how the other half lives, less slumming, more shamming, with Alan Hollinghurst’s ‘The Stranger’s Child’ which shows where the writing of bad poetry can ultimately lead to.  And don’t forget we’ll be selling discounted copies of May’s book, ‘The Friday Gospels’ by Jenn Ashworth who’ll be appearing at the Hexham Book Festival on Thursday 25th April at 6.30pm at the Queen’s Hall.