Book Club

Wednesday 3rd July

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Book Club 6-8pm

Thanks to everyone who joined our latest book-based discussions at the May meeting, especially our new members. At the meeting we discussed the soon-to – be Hollywood film Heft  by Liz Moore, the exciting Australian thriller the Trap (which must be a film in waiting) and Bourneville by Jonathan Coe, a guest at the Deal Music and Arts Festival in July.

We continue to build an exciting community where anyone who enjoys meeting others and chatting about  books and reading is very welcome.

Next Meeting

Our next meeting is Wednesday 3 July 2024 – 6 – 8pm and this month’s selections are below.

If you would like to join us at the Lighthouse Bookclub just read one (or more) of these titles and drop in for a drink to tell us all what you think. We look forward to seeing you.

‘Yellowface’ – Rebecca F Kuang – A wickedly funny publishing thriller (326 pages)

A zeitgeisty thriller set in the world of publishing. It tells the tale of two young novelists in Washington. Athena Liu, a critical and commercial darling who has just signed a deal with Netflix, and green-eyed frenemy Juniper Hayward, whose debut has already been axed due to poor sales. The novel starts with the pair toasting Athena’s success and, suddenly, Athena is choking on a homemade pancake after she has just shown Juniper her secret new manuscript – A knife edge on which this clever, entertaining send-up leaves you poised.

‘Prophet Song’ – Paul Lynch – Descent into Dystopia (239 pages)

Booker prize winner. The Republic of Ireland slipping into totalitarianism. The National Alliance party seizes total control in response to trade unionists lobbying for increased teachers’ wages. Civil liberties erode and civil war breaks out. Prophet Song is a literary manifesto for empathy for those in need and a brilliant, haunting novel that should be placed into the hands of policymakers everywhere.

‘Dreamland’ – Rosa Rankin-Gee – Thought-provoking and very witty. (479 pages)

In Margate, hotels lie empty and the sea is rising, Those that can are moving inland. Chance, however, is just arriving and when she meets Franky, their fates are bound. It is a connection that is, in a time when social divides have never cut sharper, dangerous. Set in a future unsettlingly close to home, against a backdrop of soaring inequality and creeping political extremism, it demonstrates, with cinematic pace and deep humanity, the enduring power of love and hope in a world spinning out of control.