Black Chalk by Christopher Yates promises to suitably twist our brains and make us unable to look at our hometown in the same way ever again.
One game. Six students. Five survivors. It was only ever meant to be a game. A game of consequences, of silly forfeits, childish dares. A game to be played by six best friends in their first year at Oxford University. But then the game changed: the stakes grew higher and the dares more personal, more humiliating, finally evolving into a vicious struggle with unpredictable and tragic results. Now, fourteen years later, the remaining players must meet again for the final round.
What day? Tuesday 21st April (everyone working in publishing = London Book Fair = pushing things back a week)
What time? Please all start gathering for food and drinks and general chat from 18:00, with book discussion starting at 18:30 prompt
? Still deciding this! Suggestions in the comments/twitter/the FB group please!
New York City, 1924: the height of Prohibition. In a police precinct on the lower East Side young typist Rose Baker coolly records the confessions of killers and gangsters. But when a new typist arrives – the captivating Odalie – Rose finds a true partner in crime.
What: The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell
What day: Tuesday, 8th July
What time: start to gather, get drinks and food in from 18:00, discussion to start at 18:30
Where: the beer garden of the Red Lion again (weather permitting, or off to FFTMC we go!)
Described as “An exceptional thriller. It left my nerves jangling for hours after I finished the last page” (and judging by the cover), I think the book we’re going to discuss in May is going to leave me in a gibbering wreck, sleeping with the lights on. Perfect.
Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson.
Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love – all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story. Welcome to Christine’s life.
When: Tuesday 13th May 2014. Group starts talking books from 18:30, but get there from 18:00 for food and general gossip.
Where: TBC at this stage – suggestions here or in the FB group