April’s Classic Bookclub Choice: The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing

10 Mar

We wanted to do Lessing’s wonderful 1962 book earlier in the year but it had gone out of print! Following her death in November last year, it seems like the perfect time to get re-acquainted – or just acquainted – with the Nobel Prize winning author, who is thankfully now back in print.

So pick up a copy at Nomad, where you’ll find a few of her other works, and join us on the 28th of April at 7.30 pm to discuss The Golden Notebook over a glass of wine.


Classic Bookclub for February: Change of Plan!

16 Jan

Hello bookclubbers!

Sadly, we’ve fallen foul of the whims of the publishing industry: our two initial choices for the next Classic Bookclub have either been reprinting (Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook) or are only available in back-breaking sized editions (Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex). Rather than have you all hate me for giving you bad backs – and for breaking the bank (de Beauvoir is also a bit pricier than your usual paperback) –  I’ve switched our bookclub book to something completely different.

Westerns have gone down well in the past; I still think about Zane Grey’s Riders of the Purple Sage whenever I’m feeling wistful. And given the stunning success of this author’s recently rediscovered Stoner, John Williams’ earlier novel Butcher’s Crossing. Here’s the blurb:

Will Andrews is no academic. He longs for wildness, freedom, hope and vigour. He leaves Harvard and sets out for the West to discover a new way of living.

In a small town called Butcher’s Crossing he meets a hunter with a story of a lost herd of buffalo in a remote Colorado valley, just waiting to be taken by a team of men brave and crazy enough to find them. Will makes up his mind to be one of those men, but the journey, the killing, harsh conditions and sheer hard luck will test his mind and body to their limits.

So, see you on Monday 17th of February from 7.30 for a chat about another potential forgotten gem from this until now overlooked author.

PS. If you’ve already bought a copy of de Beauvoir from Nomad, feel free to pop in and exchange it for the new choice!


Happy Birthday Simone de Beauvoir!

9 Jan

The French philosopher and icon of 20th century feminism would have been 106 today!

By sheer coincidence, Simone de Beuavoir’s ground-breaking book, The Second Sex, is our current choice for the next Classic Bookclub in February. So pick up a copy from Nomad and join us for wine and a chat about one of the foundational texts of modern feminism on Monday 17th February, 7.30 pm.

Simone de Beauvoir


Our next classic bookclub this November…

18 Nov


Classic Bookclub next Monday: Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot

26 Jul

Just a quick reminder about our upcoming Classic Bookclub meeting next week. Join us this Monday 29th of July, at 7.30pm for a glass of wine and discussion of our latest book, Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot (1869). We’ll also be choosing our the book for our meet up in September. Our theme: English Summery Classics. See you there!



Letters to Klaus

28 Jun

Letters to Klaus

a preview interior page by Phlippe Dupasquier… I couldn’t resist!


Cover catwalk

28 Jun

Cover catwalk

Letters to Klaus –

The contents are even better than the cover…

envelopes from some of the world’s best children’s illustrators to legendary publisher Klaus Flugge. A splendid book, £6.99, paperback (and all profits go to Save the Children Fund).

Orwell and 1984 on BBC Radio 4

20 May


Listening to some great radio programmes on Orwell’s 1984 archived by BBC 4 from earlier in the year as prep for tonight’s Classic Bookclub.

Find episodes of The Real George Orwell here.

Classic Picks for July

15 May

Next Monday, we’ll be getting together to discuss our most recent Classic Bookclub choice: George Orwell’s 1984. But here’s a little preview of the selection for the following Classic session that will take place in July…

The whole point of the Classic Bookclub is to read some of those books that you’ve been meaning to read but haven’t quite got round to. These might be big, obvious classics, like Crime and Punishment or Great Expectations, but they might also be something a bit less obvious; an overlooked work by a famous author; a little known, undiscovered gem by someone you’ve never heard of; a classic from another country or culture.

For July, I’ve plumped for a well-known writer (that I’ve never read – but so been meaning to) and some of his slightly less obvious works. So the choices for the next Classic Bookclub are:

Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s

Notes from Underground and  The Double (1861)


The Bothers Karamazov (1878)


and The Idiot (1868)


Perhaps you’ve read some Dostoyevsky and fancy reading a little more, or maybe you’d like to re-read one of these acclaimed novels. Either way, we’ll be deciding at the Classic Bookclub meeting this coming Monday the 20th, 7.30pm. See you there!

May’s Classic Bookclub Choice: 1984

6 May

If you’ve never read George Orwell’s 1984, now – in our post-Leveson Inquiry age of austerity – is the time.

Join us on Monday 20th May at 7.30pm to discuss the book with a glass of wine.