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BooksQUAD

Sunday 11 January 2015 to Monday 11 June 2018

BooksQUAD

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.

If you would like to be emailed and kept up to date with book choices each month, please email rhiannon.hulse@hotmail.com

Books for 12 March are:
 
The Road by Cormac by Cormac McCarthy
Won a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and is now a film
A searing, post apocalyptic novel. A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is grey. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other.
 
How to Stop Time by Matt Haig 
Released last year, a Sunday Times Bestseller, being made into a film with Benedict Cumberbatch
A love story across the ages - and for the ages - about a man lost in time, the woman who could save him, and the lifetimes it can take to learn how to live. Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he's been alive for centuries. Tom has lived history--performing with Shakespeare, exploring the high seas with Captain Cook, and sharing cocktails with Fitzgerald. Now, he just wants an ordinary life.
 
Book for 9 April:

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
Also made into a film
 
The gripping international bestseller about motherhood gone awry.

Eva never really wanted to be a mother - and certainly not the mother of the unlovable boy who murdered seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a much-adored teacher who tried to befriend him, all two days before his sixteenth birthday. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood, and Kevin's horrific rampage in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her estranged husband, Franklin. Uneasy with the sacrifices and social demotion of motherhood from the start, Eva fears that her alarming dislike for her own son may be responsible for driving him so nihilistically off the rails.
 
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
Non-fiction
 
100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. 

How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations and human rights; to trust money, books and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables and consumerism? And what will our world be like in the millennia to come? 


Book for 14 May (other book to be chosen in March)
 
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
Also a film which won an Academy Award for Best Picture
In this classic of the 1960s, Ken Kesey's hero is Randle Patrick McMurphy, a boisterous, brawling, fun-loving rebel who swaggers into the world of a mental hospital and takes over. A lusty, life-affirming fighter, McMurphy rallies the other patients around him by challenging the dictatorship of Nurse Ratched. He promotes gambling in the ward, smuggles in wine and women, and openly defies the rules at every turn. But this defiance, which starts as a sport, soon develops into a grim struggle, an all-out war between two relentless opponents: Nurse Ratched, back by the full power of authority, and McMurphy, who has only his own indomitable will. What happens when Nurse Ratched uses her ultimate weapon against McMurphy provides the story's shocking climax.
 
Book for 11 June (other book to be chosen in April)
 
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
Won the Costa First Novel Award
This startling novel describes the adolescence of a ferociously bright and rebellious orphan adopted into a Pentecostal household in the dour, industrial Midlands and her coming to terms with her sexuality.
 
Book for 9 July (other book to be chosen in May)
 
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Won the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize for fiction
 
Set during the Great Depression, the novel focuses on the Joads, a poor family of tenant farmers driven from their Oklahoma home by drought, economic hardship, agricultural industry changes, and bank foreclosures forcing tenant farmers out of work. Due to their nearly hopeless situation, and in part because they are trapped in the Dust Bowl, the Joads set out for California. Along with thousands of other "Okies", they seek jobs, land, dignity, and a future.
 

 

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