Sunday 11 January 2015 to Monday 10 December 2018


Date & time: The second Monday of the month from 6pm
Venue: QUAD Participation Space
Price: Free, just turn up

Would you like to start reading more? Are you into books, discussing your thoughts and want to broaden your literary remit?

BooksQUAD brings together book worms with different preferences and perspectives, all with a shared love for the written word.
Come along any or every month as we take it in turns to select a book and discuss it. 
There is no fee to join, and you can come along as little or as often as you choose. You will however need to source the chosen book each month either from a library, book shop or online (you only need to choose one per month).

We meet in the Participation Space in QUAD (with discount on food and drink) on the second Monday of the month from 6.00pm until 8.00pm.

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    Choices for 8 October 

    The Grass is Singing by Doris Lessing

    Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature 2007 The Grass Is Singing is the first novel, published in 1950, by British Nobel Prize-winning author Doris Lessing. It takes place in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), in southern Africa, during the 1940s and deals with the racial politics between whites and blacks in that country (which was then a British Colony). The novel created a sensation when it was first published and became an instant success in Europe and the United States. Set in Rhodesia, ‘The Grass is Singing’ tells the story of Dick Turner, a failed white farmer and his wife, Mary, a town girl who hates the bush and viciously abuses the black South Africans who work on their farm. But after many years, trapped by poverty, sapped by the heat of their tiny house, the lonely and frightened Mary turns to Moses, the black cook, for kindness and understanding. A masterpiece of realism, ‘The Grass is Singing’ is a superb evocation of Africa’s majestic beauty, an intense psychological portrait of lives in confusion and, most of all, a fearless exploration of the ideology of white supremacy .

    Rates of Exchange by Malcolm Bradbury
    Shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1983

    Dr Petworth is on a cultural exchange to the small (and fictional) Eastern European country of Slaka. Pallid and middle-aged, Dr Petworth might appear stuffy, but during his short stay he manages to embroil himself in the thorny thickets of sexual intrigue and love, while still finding time to see the major sites.

    BRADBURY was a well-known novelist, critic and academic. He set up the famous creative writing department of the University of East Anglia, whose students have included Ian McEwan and Kazuo Ishiguro.

    Choices for Monday 12 November

    The Hippopotamus by Stephen Fry
    Made into a film in 2017

    “I’ve suffered for my art, now it’s your turn.” So begins the tale of Ted Wallace, unaffectionately known as the Hippopotamus. Failed poet, failed theatre critic, failed father and husband, Ted is a shameless womaniser, drinks too much, and is at odds in his cranky but maddeningly logical way with most of modern life. Fired from his newspaper, Ted seeks a few months’ repose and free booze at Swafford Hall, the country mansion of his old friend Michael Logan. This world of boozy dinners, hunting parties, and furtive liaisons has recently been turned on its head by miracles, healings, and phenomena beyond Ted’s comprehension. 

    Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

    Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. 

    But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.

    Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the smart, warm, and uplifting story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey.

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