Bristol Book Club

(203 Posts)
xkcdfangirl Sun 11-Nov-12 08:55:27

This is the new home of this thread which has now died as none of the active particpants want to operate behind the new local barrier.

For any newbies - we are meeting usually on the last monday of each month (plus or minus a week depending on other things going on). The dates of our next 2 meetings were fixed last time we met but I am not 100% sure of them, hopefully one of the others will be along in a moment to confirm them. Venues are variable and we take it in turns whether they are north or south of the river so everyone has occasions when the meeting is nearer to them.

We are deciding the books 2 months in advance to give ourselves plenty of time to find a copy and read it. We decide which book to schedule by concensus at the end of each meeting - anyone can suggest one.

Our next meeting will be at the end of November and we are reading "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" by Philip K Dick

The next meeting (which will be in mid January) will be looking at "The Magicians" by Lev Grossman.

Spero Sun 11-Nov-12 09:45:29

Brill, that new local site is appalling, I can't be bothered to try and work it out. Hope to see you all in January.

MrsWembley Sun 11-Nov-12 10:04:29

Thank-you, fangirl, for setting this up. I too am not that enamoured by the new local. I can't get past the needing a new nn - it took me long enough to come up with the one I have!!

I may think of one eventually, but, if it takes me as long as it did before, the book group will have grown up and gone away to university by then...

xkcdfangirl Sun 11-Nov-12 15:27:25

Don't forget to put this thread in "Watching" so that you can find it again easily

xkcdfangirl Tue 20-Nov-12 19:19:59

Apologies for any confusion by me saying end of November above - The next meeting is Monday Dec 3rd at The Social, 130 Cheltenham Road - just north of Stokes Croft.

exexpat Sun 02-Dec-12 18:28:03

So how many of us are going to be there tomorrow? No Lamazeroo, no Spero - I haven't seen Bookwormthatturned on this thread, does she know about it?

xkcdfangirl Sun 02-Dec-12 20:09:30

I should be there. Intending to use the bus, god help me. I've even managed to finish reading the book this time.

I have pm'd bookwormthatturned the link to this thread but I never had a reply.

bookwormthatturned Sun 02-Dec-12 22:39:46


thanks xkcdfangirl and exexpat for pointing me to the new thread. RL has been a little eventful lately so I've been offline for a while but am fully intending to be there tomorrow grin.

See you there everyone,

exexpat Sun 02-Dec-12 23:00:44

Good! See you tomorrow.

MrsWembley Mon 03-Dec-12 09:03:16

I've finished the book!!!

3o'clock in the morning, I couldn't get back to sleep... A good use of my thumb-twiddling timegrin

fozmeadows Mon 03-Dec-12 11:07:38

Newbie here - is it possible to join the group still? Not for today,obviously, but for January?

exexpat Mon 03-Dec-12 12:44:10

fozmeadows - I'm sure you'd be very welcome. There are usually 4-6 of us, so plenty of room for more. We've picked the book for January (see above) but not the venue yet, so watch this space...

exexpat Mon 03-Dec-12 12:44:45

(and I'm sure if you wanted to pop along this evening to size us up say hello, you'd be very welcome, even if you haven't read the book)

fozmeadows Mon 03-Dec-12 18:43:18

Thanks! I look forward to joining you in January smile

xkcdfangirl Mon 03-Dec-12 20:05:22

sorry guys - I don't know if you're going to see this - but I'm ducking out. I've had a hell of a few days and no sleep last night and now I'm so tired I feel drunk and forming a sentence is difficult enough to have me in tears (no I haven't had a drop). I set out to get to the meeting but turned back when I realised I wasn't really safe to be out of the house in my current state. Early night instead and see you soon.

MrsWembley Mon 03-Dec-12 20:13:04

So sorry not to see you tonight.sad

I am on my way, just having difficulty parking

exexpat Mon 03-Dec-12 20:21:52

I'm here - all on my own so far... Sorry to hear you're not feeling up to it, xkcd - hope things have calmed down in time for the Christmas do on Saturday.

fozmeadows Mon 03-Dec-12 20:28:39

Also, just wanted to say: am extremely reassured to find that I'm not the only xkcd/webcomics fan on the boards! smile

AbigailAdams Sat 08-Dec-12 23:58:16

The book I was recommending tonight for February for you is The Death of Bees by Lisa O'Donnell. I haven't read it myself but I have it on good recommendation that it is excellent.

TheHillsAreAliveWithMrsWembley Sun 09-Dec-12 00:14:59

Cheeses, Abigail, you're on the ball!

I'll be taking a look just as soon as auto correct has to stop auto correcting for me...

AbigailAdams Sun 09-Dec-12 08:59:15

Hehe I was a bit. Thought I'd better do it while I remember! Memory of a goldfish and all! hmm

AbigailAdams Sun 09-Dec-12 09:00:07

Hope you aren't too hung over this morning wink

TheHillsAreAliveWithMrsWembley Sun 09-Dec-12 22:12:13

Who me?

<looks around to find a clock>

What time is it?

xkcdfangirl Mon 17-Dec-12 20:07:38

Not sure if anyone is likely to check here, but we accidentally have an extra copy of January's book. The conversation went something like this:

Me: Ooh this parcel isn't a christmas present, it's for me to have now - my bookclub book for January
Him: Oh b****r I ordered that for you to be a Christmas present.

If there are no takers I will think of a random member of our extended family to have an extra prezzy but if anyone out there hasn't got hold of it yet and would like to mitigate this miscommunication then let me know.

Lamazeroo Thu 03-Jan-13 05:52:06

Hello everyone! Found you (thanks xkcd for the PM). Happy new year from sunny, sunny Oz. I'm well under way with The Magicians, which is enjoyable and thought-provoking. Are we still meeting Monday week? Gosh, that seems so soon, and here I am sitting round in 40C while my baby plays in the garden under the sprinklers. We're both in for a shock!
Do we have a venue? And a book for February? Will be nice for me to have things to look forward to to stop me dissolving into a puddle of jetlagged homesickness.

fozmeadows Fri 04-Jan-13 23:30:28

What's the date, time and place for the January meeting? If whoever knows would rather email me that put it in the public thread, my email is philippa dot meadows at gmail dot com smile

exexpat Mon 07-Jan-13 20:33:55

<rouses self from Post-Christmas chocolate & alcohol induced torpor>

Happy new year everyone, I think we're meant to be meeting up next Monday, aren't we? I have just started reading the Magicians, and have every expectation of finishing it ths week (I have three essays to write, so I expect all the laundry and washing up will be done promptly this month too).

I have a vague memory of someone suggesting the Tobacco Factory bar as somewhere to meet this time, as it is due to be a south-of-the-river month. Does that ring any bells with anyone else? Or are there any other suggestions? In any case, I presume it will be 8pm ish as usual

xkcdfangirl Wed 09-Jan-13 23:24:49

hello everyone - yes I think we said 14th at 8pm but I have no firm memory of a venue being agreed. The Tobacco Factory is lovely but can sometimes be very noisy of an evening - it's family friendly by day but sometimes has salsa nights and live bands and things so if we are going for that then someone had better phone and check that. I also remember talking about hotwells as a potential location - just as easy to get to from the south and the north I think. I can't remember which specific venues were suggested though - Adam and Eve was one but I think someone else suggested another.

fozmeadows Fri 11-Jan-13 18:30:37

So, any updates on venue?

MrsWembley Fri 11-Jan-13 23:26:09

Just had to look under topics for this as it had dropped of my 'I'm on' list.sad

YY to where and how's everyone getting on? Am I the only one not finished yet?

xkcdfangirl Sat 12-Jan-13 17:08:20

I've nearly finished book 2 of the series! :-) I've really enjoyed it.

I just phoned the tobacco factory and they don't have live music on monday or anything else stupidly loud so thats OK. They keep the music system volume lower in the "green room" to the right of the bar, and have reserved us a table in there for 8pm.

Hope this is OK with everyone.

MrsWembley Sat 12-Jan-13 22:16:58

Coolsmile My first visit there, only lived in Bristol 12 years...

Lamazeroo Sun 13-Jan-13 05:12:02

Great, I've never been either! Really enjoying the book. It's not something I ever would have chosen for myself and I'm surprised how much I'm liking it. Sadly I won't have finished by tomorrow night. Also, must warn you in advance that I will probably be completely useless company and will flake out early. We flew back on Thursday, and the non-sleeping baby has really got into the spirit of jetlag! The lady two days started at 1.30am; today a much more respectable 3.45. Consequently I've been in bed by 7 each night. So please don't be offended if I fall asleep on the table!

MrsWembley Sun 13-Jan-13 14:04:08

Don't worry, we'll wake you up before we leave.grin

exexpat Sun 13-Jan-13 15:20:30

I'll be there tomorrow. Nearly finished the book, just been a bit distracted by the huge piles of academic books threatening to crush me in an avalanche (I'm mid essay-crisis at the moment). Has anyone PMed any of the other regulars or people who expressed an interest at the Christmas do, in case they haven't seen this thread?

fozmeadows Sun 13-Jan-13 19:37:43

Have finished the book and am planning to come, but might be kept home on account of the fact that my husband is having dental work done tomorrow and might need looking after in the evening. Will see how it goes!

MrsWembley Sun 13-Jan-13 19:52:42

I've just PM'd Spero and Abigail, as I'm now allowed to do that sort of thing on my app.grin

exexpat Sun 13-Jan-13 20:54:05

Well done. What about Bookwormthatturned - she hasn't been on lately, shall I PM her?

exexpat Sun 13-Jan-13 21:02:37

Right, have PMed her - is there anyone else?

bookwormthatturned Sun 13-Jan-13 23:00:59

Hi all and happy new year.

I've finished the book and to be honest enjoyed it much more than I was expecting to. I didn't realise it was part of a series xkcdfangirl so shall have to look out for the rest.

I'm unfortunately treble-booked tomorrow - one of which I just can't rearrange - so will have to give my apologies, but enjoy the Tobacco Factory, and, if you're looking for recommendations for our next book, the one I was trying to remember the title of when we met at The Social before Christmas was 'Woman on the Edge of Time' by Marge Piercy here's the Amazon write-up.

'Twice Born' by Margaret Mazzantini is also well worth reading here's its write up too.

Have fun tomorrow and hope to see you next time.

Hello, I met many of you at the Christmas do and am keen to start coming. I won't come tonight as I haven't read the book and have my other book and wine club this Friday.

Look forward to hearing what the February book is and seeing you next month. I know someone told me when we were at the Watershed but it's fallen out of my head.

exexpat Mon 14-Jan-13 16:45:46

Fozmeadows - how did the dental work go? Hope you manage to come along this evening.

bookworm - sorry you can't make it. Thanks for the book recs - shall we try and agree on a definite February book and a possible March one this evening, so we can get back into the swing of knowing the next two months' books?

Queenofwhatever - as you can see, we haven't picked February's book yet, but should be able to put it up here tomorrow. Look forward to seeing you next month.

Lamazeroo Mon 14-Jan-13 20:12:57

So sorry, have flaked out in bed with the baby. Bastard jetlag. And I was so looking forward to tonight sad
Would be interested to hear a summary if the discussion if anyone has time, and if course what our next two books will be. Have fun!

xkcdfangirl Tue 15-Jan-13 08:34:24

Sorry you had a grim evening Lamaz - hopefully by next time you'll be back to normal-not-sleeping rather than jet-lagged-not-sleeping!

fozmeadows I hope your DH's teeth are OK! We looked out for you but stopped short of doing a conga around the room waving our copies of the book to attract the attention of anyone who might not recognise us.

We've set up the following dates, books and venues and MrsWembley exexpat and I agree to let others choose the next couple after that!

25th February 2013 - The Grain Barge - Lightning Rods by Helen Dewitt
8th April 2013 - Robin Hood's Retreat - Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday
13th May 2013 - Venue TBA (southish) - The Death of Bees by Lisa O'Donnell

MrsWembley Tue 15-Jan-13 09:19:07

Excellent round-up, fangirl!

Great seeing everyone last night and looking forward to getting my teeth into the next book.grin

Lamazeroo Tue 15-Jan-13 10:48:28

Ooh, new books to hunt the charity shops for! Exciting! Hope you had a good discussion last night. I'd love to talk about the book - is anyone around for a coffee during the week to recap?

exexpat Tue 15-Jan-13 22:45:04

I'd be very surprised if you found Lightning Rods second-hand already, but I have just ordered my copy, so if I read it as soon as it arrives (well, after I've handed my essays in) I can drop it off for you to read next.

Spero Thu 17-Jan-13 15:01:27

May I congratulate the group on its efficiency! Next time I hope to have read the book but if I haven't it is all exexpat's fault as I find myself watching rather too much 30 Rock

exexpat Thu 17-Jan-13 18:11:11

Apologies. Shall I come round and confiscate the DVDs, to be replaced with some improving literature?

exexpat Thu 17-Jan-13 18:12:49

Apologies. Shall I come round and confiscate the DVDs, to be replaced with some improving literature?

Oh, and Lamazeroo, I can't do coffee this week or next (essay crisis...) but maybe the week after?

Spero Thu 17-Jan-13 23:06:24

yes, please come and confiscate series one, and replace it with series 2. then I'll get right onto the literature. i promise.

exexpat Fri 18-Jan-13 17:49:44

Sorry, I don't have series two. You'd better get those books out again.

Spero Fri 18-Jan-13 18:49:49

o for goodness sake. you will be suggesting I get off the sofa at some point. I am quite happy to watch series 1 again, its brill. I especially loved the Duke of Hapsburg and his tiny hand.

MrsWembley Fri 18-Jan-13 22:28:51

I've got some boxed sets, if you're looking for anything in particular?

Spero Fri 18-Jan-13 23:07:57

ooo what have you got?

fozmeadows Wed 23-Jan-13 14:24:43

Belated apologies for not being able to make it! Husband's teeth are healing up nicely.

Will try to make it next time, but as the kidlet is due in the next week or so, I'm not sure how up to it I'll be by Feb 25th - still, will try to be optimistic smile

MrsWembley Wed 23-Jan-13 22:57:54

Right, off the top of my head (as I'm lying in bed at the mo, thinking about sleep) I've got Teachers, Cold Feet, X-Files, Babylon Five, Dad's Army, Red Dwarf. I can't remember now what's still here and what's gone into store but I know I've seen those recently as DS keeps pulling them off the shelves...

You can't have The West Wing just yet as I'm only on series 2grin

Spero Thu 24-Jan-13 00:04:22

i have just discovered I can get lovefilm on my ipad so I am in heaven and changes of reading next book have diminished accordingly.

MrsWembley Thu 24-Jan-13 08:06:11

Or Rising Damp, Porridge, Farscape, Comic Strip Presents, The Young Ones, Paddington, The Fast Show, Men Behaving Badly, Green Wing, Open All Hours, Sharpe, American Gothic, series one of House, Hyperdrive, A Bit of Fry and Laurie, Jeeves and Wooster, Spaced, Gavin and Stacey, Yes Minister/Prime Minister, Hornblower, Reginald Perrin, Ally McBeal...

Spero Thu 24-Jan-13 09:04:20

look mrsW if you want me out of book club just say so and stop passively aggressively loading me up with such televisual delights that I never open a book again...

MrsWembley Thu 24-Jan-13 14:08:46


Or you could just do what I do and ignore the DCs, ignore the housework and never sleep.,.

<wanders off wishing it could be so>

Spero Thu 24-Jan-13 17:11:46

I think I am ahead of you there Mrs W but I am also ignoring the dog, so I get extra points. If I can finish the last two series of Angel, I may move on to Feb's book, but don't hold your breath.

xkcdfangirl Thu 24-Jan-13 18:26:12

Ooh did anyone else notice that the local boards are no longer locked behind the obligatory name change? I was wondering whether we should relocate our discussions there as we all keep losing this thread? Or are we happy here?

Spero if you are needing box set entertainment and get bored with what MrsW can offer I can also provide Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, Game of Thrones, Heros, True Blood, Outnumbered and the Thick of It to name but a few - but there's 728 other hours in the month for watching tv, you can still spare 2 for coming to book club...

Spero Thu 24-Jan-13 18:29:48

damn you aaaaaaallllll....

Spero Thu 24-Jan-13 18:32:53

can we stay here. I just can't be arsed to figure out the local thingie.

MrsWembley Thu 24-Jan-13 19:11:41

Another vote to stay here please!

fangirl Does your In The Thick Of It go right back to the beginning with Chris 'I'm a fucking idiot' Langham? I only ever managed a couple of episodes, for one reason or another, but I have the film and love it!

LocEdBristol Thu 24-Jan-13 20:27:10

Just to let you know(if you don't already) You no longer need to change your nickname for Local. smile

Spero Thu 24-Jan-13 22:05:38

sorry, i tried to sign up for local some time ago but the whole experience was so traumatising that I don't think I can go there again.

Spero Sat 26-Jan-13 19:08:41

I had a look at the local site a few days ago but there doesn't seem to be a Bristol option, or at least nothing that I can click on! Why is the local site so rubbish and difficult to navigate? So I am afraid I am even stronger in my resolution not to go there.

xkcdfangirl Sat 26-Jan-13 20:22:31

I found it easily enough - here's the direct link

If you click on "Local" and zoom in on Bristol you get a bristol landing page, and one of the options at the top under the mumsnet logo is local talk.

Spero Sat 26-Jan-13 21:14:12

All I could get was Gloucester. And I refuse on principle to engage with any site that causes me frustration and annoyance for more than 1 min.

xkcdfangirl Sat 26-Jan-13 22:50:39

Fair enough. We can just stay put then.

TheRealXkcdfangirl Sun 27-Jan-13 19:59:07

Argh I namechanged in order to post about something a bit embarrasing as quite a lot of people know this name now, but when I tried to change back it said I wasn't allowed as the nickname xkcdfangirl is already in use grr grr!! Perhaps it is a glitch and it will let me change back tomorrow.

Anyway I wanted to post here just quickly as I have just found the list of ideas for future books which I got from browsing my mum's bookshelves at christmas. No need for them to be in the running any time soon (or indeed ever) but if on some future occasion we find ourselves stuck for ideas we can call up this list and see if any of them look interesting.

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simpson
The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova
Notes from an Exhibition by Patrick Gale
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Spero Sun 27-Jan-13 21:53:23

I am well intrigued now. Remember what happens in Book Club, stays in Book Club...

I have read Major Pettigrew and liked it but thought it was a bit slight. I have also read the 13th Tale and cant remember a thing about it which I guess is not a good sign...

Lamazeroo Wed 30-Jan-13 13:17:34

Sorry, have been stuck in non-sleeping hell (which sadly has meant non-reading hell too). exexpat thank you for your kind offer of lending me the next book. I'd be really keen once you've finished it. Looked it up - sounds like the strangest thing! I've been so pleased with the discoveries I've made through this group; The Magicians was such a find, and one I would never have picked up myself. Managed to easily find a copy of Salmon Fishing on Gloucester Rd, as expected, but it seems The Death of Bees is in hardcover only. Does anyone have a copy they anticipate being able to lend closer to the date?

tiffinbaker Wed 30-Jan-13 20:56:37

The date for death of bees is so far in advance because it's due out in paperback in March. The conversation went something along the lines of
- This looks good lets do it
- but it's only available in hardback
- it's due out in paperback in March let's arrange to have it soon after that
- ok what shall we read till then
... which is why we ended up choosing 3 books.

I've pre-ordered it from the book depository for £5.99 with free delivery. Sainsburys is also offering it for that price with free delivery - other vendors slightly more.

I've ordered it from

tiffinbaker Wed 30-Jan-13 20:57:36

... and oops I really don't have the hang of this name changing thing do I - I really need to just pick on name and stick to it.

exexpat Tue 05-Feb-13 10:31:39

Just finished Lightning Rods - how's everyone else doing?

exexpat Tue 05-Feb-13 10:53:45

I was going to lend Lamazeroo my copy of Lightning Rods, but apparently she's got her own on the way, so would anyone else like to borrow mine? Not a difficult read, so you've got plenty of time before book group to read it.

Spero Tue 05-Feb-13 10:55:43

Just finished the Magicians! it was ace. If I aim to be permanently one book behind I think this will add a certain je ne sais quois to our group.

exexpat Tue 05-Feb-13 12:30:06

So I can't tempt you with a slightly-used copy of Lightning Rods then, Spero? Possibly slightly more intellectually challenging than lying on the sofa binging on DVD box-sets, but only slightly.

Spero Tue 05-Feb-13 12:55:11

You surely can, how may I best effect hand over of said oeuvre?

MrsWembley Tue 05-Feb-13 21:25:56

Bearing in mind the topic of said novel, surely 'slightly-used' is a tad... urm... eewww?

exexpat Tue 05-Feb-13 22:12:05

Possibly. Or maybe I should be offering a pre-read copy of Proust in the original French (have you read that far yet?).

MrsWembley Tue 05-Feb-13 22:32:55

Nooooo, but I can't wait!!grin

I've got Lightning Rods on my kindle now and am about 20% through. Can't say I'm loving it yet but I'll stick with it.

exexpat Thu 07-Feb-13 20:01:24

Don't worry, you're welcome to come and slag it off - I suggested that one because I thought it might be a bit controversial. It gets a bit boring if we only read books everyone loves...

MrsWembley Fri 15-Feb-13 19:14:08

Can I just say, thank-you for recommending it! It is not a book I would have picked up myself, but I am loving it.grin

Looking forward to the meet-up.wink

maindoors Tue 19-Feb-13 14:18:03

Hello! Can I play too please?

Have been thinking for a while that I would really like to do the Bookclub thing and here you are. I rarely manage a night out and spend far too many slouched on the sofa watching rubbish TV or spodding. Your next meeting is pretty soon though and I am not too sure if I will manage to get the book and read it in time.
Lamazearoo - Think I might know you in Real Life!! After all how many Ozzies are there in Bristol with non sleeping babies?

MrsWembley Tue 19-Feb-13 22:52:22

Hello maindoors, I'm sure if you managed to pick up the book in the next couple of days you could finish it in time, if you put your mind to it! I've just finished it and it's bloody marvellous. A good, easy read and very, very funny!grin

Lamazeroo Wed 20-Feb-13 19:00:08

Ooh who are you then? Send me a hint!

Lamazeroo Wed 20-Feb-13 19:19:09

Ah just worked it out (thank you Advanced Search). Do you know, I meant to tell you about this group the last time we met up, think you'd love it. Come along on Monday smile

exexpat Wed 20-Feb-13 20:43:00

Maindoors, I think even if you come along not having read the book, you are unlikely to be the only one - have we ever had a meeting where everyone had read the entire book? So you'd be very welcome to come along and size us up say hello.

slightlysoupstained Wed 20-Feb-13 21:23:02

Can I come too please? Only I don't think I can make it on Monday, is there one planned in March? (Could only find alternate months & venues listed earlier in the thread.)

exexpat Wed 20-Feb-13 21:29:21

There isn't one in late March because of Easter holidays etc, so it's in early April instead. I think that's the one we're reading Salmon Fishing in the Yemen for. Newbies welcome.

MrsWembley Thu 21-Feb-13 07:45:27

Yep, Salmon Fishing. I'm about to order my copy...

<wanders off feeling pleased with myself at finally being a book in hand>

slightlysoupstained Thu 21-Feb-13 09:13:31

Ahh, okay - thanks. I guess that gives me a little longer to read the book. (DS is terrifically attracted by books at the mo so I can only read when he's asleep or he will try to eat it).

Lamazeroo Sun 24-Feb-13 20:10:30

Advanced warning: my poor little boy is feeling very unwell today (bloody teeth) and hasn't shifted off the boob all day. If this continues tomorrow I just won't be able to make it, as he only wants me and can't be settled by his dad. Fingers crossed he improves but I fear I may have to miss another looked forward to evening sad

MrsWembley Sun 24-Feb-13 22:27:17


Crossing my fingers for you!

Spero Mon 25-Feb-13 12:35:25

Sorry, I am currently feeling bleuuuuurg so I don't think I can make it tonight.

Looking forward to seeing you all tonight. What time are we meeting, is it eight?

I'll be driving (I live at the Horfield end of Glos Road) if anyone wants a lift.

exexpat Mon 25-Feb-13 14:02:24

Usually 8pm, though some people are always late because of getting children to bed etc.

Sorry to hear you're feeling grotty, Spero - hope it improves soon.

And I hope the baby decides you need an evening out for a change, Lamazeroo.

maindoors Mon 25-Feb-13 17:02:53

Hello...have failed dismally on the book reading front but thought I might come along anyway, particularly as you are meeting v close to me. I hope Lamazeroo that you are released by your boy and hes feeling better. If you are not there how will I recognise you all?? Anyone want to give a description of themselves?!

exexpat Mon 25-Feb-13 17:06:00

I expect at least one of us will have the book on the table - just look for a group of loud(ish) women. Or if in doubt, carry Pombears.

Lamazeroo Mon 25-Feb-13 17:17:25

Hmm, it's not looking good. Much whingeing and clinging. And possibly conjunctivitis confused
Will try my best though if I do make it I'll be on high alert for an SOS from a stressed daddy.

Lamazeroo Mon 25-Feb-13 19:51:07

L'enfant terrible strikes again. So sorry sad
Bitterly, bitterly disappointed.

MrsWembley Mon 25-Feb-13 20:07:27

sad at those that are unavoidably detained. We will pass on the minutes later.


Lamazeroo Tue 26-Feb-13 17:42:45

So what was the general consensus? Dying to know!

MrsWembley Wed 27-Feb-13 11:23:02

Most liked it, though found several problems with the style and subject matter. One (mentioning no names...) disliked it, dare I say, intensely, though more for it's lack of proper structure than for it's content matter. I should say, if this is a common problem for you, don't watch Lost In Transition or Broken Flowers.

I hope the new members of our motley crew enjoyed themselves. Normally the venue is quieter. We are usually the loud party in the establishment.wink We've been to the next pub before and I do remember it to be sedate, peaceful, cosy, just the place for a group of young(ish) drunkards.grin

Right, who am I going to bump into this Friday? I'll be looking out for you all...

exexpat Wed 27-Feb-13 11:38:53

I think the idea was interesting, and bits were very funny, but agree with the general consensus that the plot, such as it was, didn't really progress anywhere, and the characters were a little bit two-dimensional. We also wondered if there might have been a certain lack of editorial involvement in the publishing process (it's not exactly self-published, but it seems to have been published through a kind of subscription-based scheme).

My biggest issue was with the basic idea that if men had free access to anonymous sex in the workplace, they would be less likely to sexually harrass their female colleagues - I rather think it would be the opposite. But there's probably not much point in trying to apply logic to satirical plots...

I didn't really like it. Just found it unnecessarily improbable and also didn't like the premise that men are governed by their sexual urges but women have no desire. I also found the characters two dimensional and that it fell a bit flat in the last third, no real plot development.

But I did enjoy catching up with you all and we managed to fit a pub quiz in at the same time.

maindoors Fri 01-Mar-13 13:55:36

Yes, it was great to meet you all, thanks for allowing me to play! Hope to see you all again at the April one, when I WILL have read the book grin

exexpat Tue 12-Mar-13 11:46:31

Just a reminder that Death of Bees (next book but one) is now out in paperback. I've just ordered mine, and will try to read it soon-ish so that I can pass it on to anyone who wants to borrow it, maybe at the next meeting.

Lamazeroo Thu 14-Mar-13 19:07:41

Mine arrived this week. Looks great!

Slightly off topic, but we have tickets to see singer-songwriter Tom Baxter at the Tunnels tonight. We can't find anyone to babysit DD but I wondered if anyone here fancied going with me or having the two tickets?

PM me if you're interested. Most of this tour is sold out so it should be a good night.

EggsEggSplat Fri 05-Apr-13 19:32:18

sounds impending book group horn

So - who's going to be at Robin Hood's Retreat on Monday? And has everyone read Salmon Fishing?

It's been a while and I guess this thread has fallen off a lot of people's watch-lists, so I'll try PMing a few people if no one wakes up and answers...

(it's exexpat here, by the way - still in my prizewinning Easter disguise)

EggsEggSplat Fri 05-Apr-13 19:35:58

By the way, those of you who read Lightning Rods might be interested to hear it's been short listed for the Wodehouse prize.

TheRealXkcdfangirl Sat 06-Apr-13 08:32:50

Hello. Yes I shall be there on Monday. I shall have to have a quick revision session on Salmon Fishing as it seems like a long time ago since I read it. I have also finished next month's book (Death of Bees) if anyone would like to borrow my copy let me know and I'll bring it along!

What terrible news about the Wodehouse prize!

Yes I'll be there and have read the book. Bit slow catching up with this but currently in Lanzarote - just feel I need to bring that into the conversation as it's lovely and warm.

Thanks for the message eggseggsplat (only just understood your name). Fangirl, can I borrow your copy of the bees book? See you all tomorrow night.

EggsEggSplat Sun 07-Apr-13 16:42:00

Oops, didn't think that people might be onfused about getting messages from someone with a weird name. Sorry, it's probably time I changed back from my Easter name. I just want to show off because I won the Easter name change competition and I never normally win anything haven't quite got round to it yet.

MrsWembley Sun 07-Apr-13 21:57:58

Well done for winning! Yes, I was a little confused at seeing the name at first.grin

See you all tomorrow...

EggsEggSplat Mon 08-Apr-13 16:02:16

Looks like it should be at least five of us tonight, possibly more depending on sleepless babies etc.

Anyone got any ideas to bring along for the next book after Bees?

TheRealXkcdfangirl Mon 08-Apr-13 19:19:06

May I propose that we try very hard not to have the convo (during the non-book part of the discussions) centring around any recently deceased polititcians? I've found it quite wearing to have (a) my colleagues and (b) the media talk of nothing else today, and it would be nice to have a breath of fresh air.

As for next month - well I was one of the cabal that dictated everything from February to April in one fell swoop without half the group being there so I shall refrain from making suggestions unless no-one else has any ideas.

EggsEggSplat Mon 08-Apr-13 19:30:08

What, so you wouldn't appreciate my suggestions of the Alan Clark diaries/collected cartoons of Steve Bell/economic theories of Friedrich Hayek? Oh well, fair enough.

MrsWembley Mon 08-Apr-13 19:43:04

Actually, fangirl, I was rather dreading hearing a predictably negative view on the current situation, seeing as how I like you all and don't care that I am pretty much in the minority on MN, so thank-you for asking

I hope to see you all shortly, even though hopes for finishing the last few pages of the book were dashed today by a monster who has taken over my DS. He howled and screamed and kicked refused tea, howled and screamed and kicked didn't like the idea of Calprofen, howled and screamed and kicked wasn't keen on drinking water, then asked for a pear. So I don't know if he'll settle well...

MrsWembley Wed 10-Apr-13 13:43:42

Just gone to Amazon for the next book and under recommendations for me it listed the film version of Salmon Fishing. Out of curiosity, I looked at some of the reviews and apparently the ending is different!shock

Might watch it, as the reviews were generally favourable.

TheRealXkcdfangirl Wed 10-Apr-13 22:47:53

a step ahead of me there MrsW I'm still waiting for someone to confirm what the next book is - wasn't paying attention. Did we decide a date?
Were we all happy with the Tobacco Factory again for the May meeting?

EggsEggSplat Wed 10-Apr-13 23:46:20

Sorry, I think I was assigned the job of doing the update, wasn't I? <slaps own wrist>
Yes, I think we agreed on Tobacco Factory for May 13th, to talk about Death of Bees.

But we didn't come to any firm conclusion about the following session, either exact date or which book to read. Spero I think proposed The Wife (because she's already read it...) but there seemed to be a few dissenting voices after reading the reviews. Any counter-proposals?

I think potential dates were June 10th or June 17th; after checking my diary, I'd vote for the 17th, as I have a tranche of my dissertation due on June 14th, so may be a bit distracted on the 10th, but I will bow to the majority view.

MrsWembley Thu 11-Apr-13 09:12:21

No no no, I was ordering Death of Bees (coz I'm slovenly and late...)blush

Lamazeroo Thu 18-Apr-13 18:57:10

Sorry I've been absent for MONTHS. Really hoping that the hideous early toddler phase passes quickly. I don't feel I have any right to a voice in the next book discussion as I haven't been participating in proper discussion!

Campaspe Sat 20-Apr-13 19:09:07

I love the fact that my own city seems to be the only place on MN that has a thriving bookclub. Go, Bristol readers!

MrsWembley Thu 09-May-13 19:42:48


Just noticed this thread had dropped off the radar again, so I thought a little post from me might wake everyone up.wink

Where are we meeting on Monday? Did we say the Tobacco Factory again?

(Btw, I've actually finished the book!)

Lamazeroo Thu 09-May-13 20:24:12

Hello! Yes, I believe we are due to meet at the Tobacco Factory. I'm pretty optimistic I'll finish the book over the weekend - and things have improved so much with Mr Non-Sleeper that I'm more than 90% sure ill actually be present this time.

exexpat Sat 11-May-13 10:23:10

I'll be there, even though I'm mid essay-crisis. Keeping fingers crossed that non-sleeping baby behaves for you, Lamazeroo.

Lamazeroo Sat 11-May-13 21:23:10

Okay I may have been a little over enthusiastic in my earlier statement about things improving. Still optimistic though!

FreckledLeopard Sat 11-May-13 21:31:24

I've just seen this thread. I moved to Bristol in October. Please can I join the bookclub? I'd love to meet new people and read more!

exexpat Sun 12-May-13 09:13:33

FreckledLeopard - sure, I think we're always open to new members. Do you want to come along tomorrow to meet us? 8pm in the Tobacco Factory bar. Last time we were in the green room, which is the slightly quieter room through a door to the right of the main bar.

I'm going to PM reminders to a few people who haven't been on the thread for a while. Hope to see lots of you tomorrow.

Thanks for the reminder PM exexpat. I'm coming tomorrow and have read the book, enjoyed it much more than I expected.

Have we agreed future dates and titles? If not, can we agree a few tomorrow night? Forward planning works best for me.

FreckledLeopard Sun 12-May-13 21:20:02

I have to go to London for work so can't make tomorrow but will be at the following month's meet if that's ok and we have a confirmed book! smile

slightlysoupstained Sun 19-May-13 12:24:13

Oh whoops. Forgot...erm, hopefully I'll make it along to one eventually. Erm - did you all decide on a book/date for the next one?

exexpat Sun 19-May-13 17:42:18

oh, sorry slightlysoupstained - did I not PM you? I thought I'd done everyone who was on the thread but hadn't been seen for a while. I must make a proper list. Not that I'm actually appointing myself organiser or anything, but it seems like a good idea if someone sends out reminders...

Hope to see you and & freckledleopard at the next one.

Anyway - the next few books/dates as agreed on Monday are:

Monday June 24th, 8pm, Hope & Anchor, Jacobs' Wells Rd: To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee. Most of us haven't read it since doing it at school when we were about 12, and thought it might be interesting to revisit from an adult perspective.

Monday July 22nd, 8pm, venue TBC (but possibly Tobacco Factory? That seems to work quite well as a south-of-the-river venue - lots of space, easy parking etc): we provisionally agreed to read The Lighthouse by Alison Moore (Booker shortlist this year), but there wasn't such overwhelming enthusiasm that we wouldn't be open to other ideas, I think. But if anyone objects, it would probably be good to swap pretty soon to allow for book-buying.

We decided to give August a miss, because of bank holidays and people being away, so the next one after that will be on September 2nd. Book and venue TBC.

mutley1 Tue 04-Jun-13 12:54:16

I have finally been directed to this thread, thank you everyone. I would love to join you all on Monday 24th June. Would that be ok. I will have a stab at reading as much of TKAMB as poss before then

TheRealXkcdfangirl Tue 11-Jun-13 14:02:18

Hello mutley1 yes it would be lovely to have you come and join us on 24th June - if you've not met any of us before just hold your copy of the book in a nonchalant sort of way while you order your drink and it's quite likely that one of us will notice and say hello. If that doesn't work, there probably won't be many all-female tables so it won't take too long to find us. We shall look forward to seeing you.

I'm not sure I'll have finished TKAMB by then myself - as I've read it before I thought I'd just whizz through it relatively close to the meeting, but having started now I'm not whizzing and am still very close to the beginning!

MrsWembley Tue 18-Jun-13 10:59:25

Bollocks, this thread keeps dropping off my list!

Just caught 5 minutes of the Woman's Hour book of the week and, judging by the write-up on Amazon, it could be an interesting one for us: The Testament of Jessie Lamb by Jane Rogers.

What does everyone think?smile

Orangesarenottheonlyfruit Tue 18-Jun-13 11:07:16

Hello, please could I join you? I'm sure I could have a stab at Mockingbird by next week and I remember it pretty clearly from school, wonderful book.
Hope and Anchor at 8pm, right?

Also, just heard the Woman's Hour book - The Testament of Jessie Lamb - I agree it was brilliant and I thought I'd like to read it too!

exexpat Tue 18-Jun-13 21:33:48

Hello Oranges - sure, come along - more the merrier, I think - though I guess there is a size beyond which it is hard to have a group discussion in a pub, but we'll have to see if we ever reach it - there are always one or two regulars who can't make it each time.

The Jane Rogers book sounds interesting - good one for after the Lighthouse?

See you all next week. Shall I send out a few reminders as usual?

(gets back to To Kill a Mockingbird)

MrsWembley Wed 19-Jun-13 13:54:05

Middle-of-the-night thoughts - my DM is visiting this weekend til Tuesday for DS's birthday, so I won't be able to come Monday night.sad

exexpat Wed 19-Jun-13 16:14:58

Oh no - and you're the one who suggested the book! Can't you even sneak out for an hour to join us?

MrsWembley Wed 19-Jun-13 23:07:21

I didn't suggest Mockingbird. I arrived late and it was already out there!


exexpat Thu 20-Jun-13 00:13:09

Oh sorry, misremembered - maybe it was XKCD? Shame if you can't make it in any case. Shall I make sure the Jane Rogers book is up for discussion for next-but-one?

TheRealXkcdfangirl Thu 20-Jun-13 07:54:16

No it wasn't me. I think it might have been Lamaz, or perhaps QueenOf?

I'm excited by how many new people have said they will join us for Monday's meeting - I count FreckledLeopard, slightlysoupstained, mutley1 and Orangesarenottheonlyfruit - is that everyone or have I missed one? - it will be excellent to meet you all.

See you Monday then.

I'm not taking the rap for TKAMB either! It might be that I said I read and enjoyed Lord of the Flies with my other book group, and from there we got into a discussion about classics.

The Jessie Lamb sounds like a good book club book. I've also read more good stuff about The Rosie Project, so quite fancy that.

See you all Monday.

exexpat Sat 22-Jun-13 21:23:45

Mysteriouser and mysteriouser - I wonder whose idea it was. Maybe someone at the next table...

Anyway, looking forward to seeing you all on Monday. I've just sent out some PMs to people who haven't been on here for a while, so I hope we get a good turn-out.

Lamazeroo Mon 24-Jun-13 19:04:02

Oh dear, I feel my plans to be there tonight may be scuppered by a pair of molars sad
I have a very clingy, upset little boy who is suffering terribly and won't let me out of the room. If (ha ha ha) he goes to bed any time soon I'll try to sneak out, but please take this as a probable apology for tonight's meeting.
Looking forward to hearing of next choice. My only request is that it would be great if whatever we choose next is available on Kindle. I'm just not getting any time to read, but I spend plenty of time awake in the small hours hunched over my iphone. If I could download a book onto the Kindle app I have a half decent chance of actually making it past the first chapter for once.
Have fun tonight.

mutley1 Tue 25-Jun-13 11:34:19

Hello to everyone that I met last night at the Hope&Anchor. Thanks for making me feel so welcome. It was great to have a chat about TKAMB how I had missed having lots of different opinions bandied about. Wont be with you in July but will start on The Testament of Jessie Lamb and see you all in Sept

exexpat Tue 25-Jun-13 13:14:24

Good to meet you too, mutley1, and freckledleopard. Hope we didn't scare you off... It's a shame the amazing non-sleeping toddler kept you away again, Lamazeroo - do you think he might have got all his teeth through by July?

So, just for those who weren't there, or who had to leave early: we agreed on the Tobacco Factory for the next session, on July 22nd (Alison Moore - The Lighthouse), and everyone seemed to like the idea of The Testament of Jessie Lamb (which is 2 on kindle at the moment - get in quick if you have an e-reader) so we'll do that one for September 2nd.

We do seem to have a problem with people losing track of this thread because it falls off their 'threads I'm on/threads I'm watching' in the gap between get-togethers. I don't mind sending out reminders, but it doesn't seem possible to send DMs to multiple recipients, which makes it a bit fiddly. I was wondering how everyone would feel about setting up an email mailing list so we can easily send one message to everyone in the group? Maybe we could talk about it next time.

FreckledLeopard Tue 25-Jun-13 17:09:30

Hello - had great time last night. I'm adding this to 'Threads I'm Watching' but agree that an email list would be good too!

MrsWembley Sat 06-Jul-13 17:03:27

In the spirit of keeping this thread active, a question - is anybody else finding the characters quite unsympathetic?

maindoors Thu 11-Jul-13 19:29:14

Hello - So sorry didn't make it and TKAMB suggestion was moi! And I STILL haven't read it. Not sure that I will be able to make July but hope to join in the fun again in September. Hope all are enjoying this fab weather...Oh and yes to email list as I don't often make it on to MN...

Spero Fri 12-Jul-13 17:49:33

Hah! One in the eye for you swotty types who actually read the book before the meeting, I have just availed myself of Julys title and fully intend to read at least part of it before next we meet.

Happy to be on email list.

slightlysoupstained Thu 18-Jul-13 23:09:25

I've yet to make it to any meetups & next Monday isn't looking promising (DS currently only settling for me, & doing so pretty late with all the heat.)

Would like to be on mailing list just on off-chance it's all miraculously changed by Sept!

exexpat Fri 19-Jul-13 12:41:10

Just checking the thread again... We'd be pleased to see you if you can make it, slightlysoupstained, but otherwise maybe you could DM me your email address so we can add you to the list?

And I suppose it is time for me to send out a few reminder DMs for Monday, just in case. Sounds like Mutley can't make it, how about everyone else? Here's hoping Lamazeroo's DS feels sleepy in the heat...

Lamazeroo Fri 19-Jul-13 16:38:38

Do you know, exexpat, he actually IS sleeping quite well?!? Last night I got a chunk of four hours sleep, which was blissful (let's just overlook the fact that it was the first time in two bloody years). However, sadly I won't make it on Monday night, as a very good friend of mine is coming to stay for one night only. I do feel like I've been a woeful bookclub member this year, BUT have managed to read The Testament of Jessie Lamb ready for September. Why oh why did I not discover the iphone Kindle app until now? Amazing how much reading I can do while breastfeeding all night (and all day). So, if non-sleeping toddler keeps up his new sleeping habit, and if future books are available on Kindle, I have half a chance of actually attending and contributing from now on smile

exexpat Fri 19-Jul-13 17:12:14

Must be his Aussie genes that mean he is OK in the heat... Sorry you can't make it on Monday, but good work on the Jessie Lamb. Hope you still remember it all in September!

MrsWembley Fri 19-Jul-13 19:28:33

I'm ok for Monday! Woo hoo!grin

I've even read all the book and have started on Jessie Lamb!shock

Lamazeroo Fri 19-Jul-13 20:33:29

Go you MrsWembley! Incidentally: sorry we haven't managed to meet up with our boys yet. Let me know if you fancy St Andrews park or similar in the coming couple of weeks.

exexpat I agree that it's the Aussie blood coming to the fore. Must be like coconut butter - liquifies and starts flowing at 26C! He is just loving the hot weather, wants to be naked and in some form of water all the time. We've been giving the fountains in central Bristol a good work out. If anyone spies a huge, shrieking, naked, happy toddler diving like a seal into the water then demanding to be breastfed - that's us!

I'm hoping to come tomorrow, DD permitting. I haven't actually read this book, as I just couldn't get excited about it; a middle-aged man spending a week walking along the Rhine contemplating the failure of his parents' and his own marriage(s?) <heartsink>.

I have bought Jesse James though, and am all set to read it on holiday whilst on the sunny Costa Brave next month.

But I'll come along for a bit if I can, as I'm keen to check that Spero is staying in Bristol and to get an update on freckledleopard's Internet dating.

Lamazeroo Mon 22-Jul-13 09:00:50

Bummed I won't be there. One thing I was pondering: what do you think about a Facebook group as a way to stay in touch? Could be useful to post links to books, reviews etc. See what you lot think tonight.

Spero Mon 22-Jul-13 12:50:28

Sorry I have developed gum infection over weekend, just been to emergency dentist and he is sending me to dentl hospital at 2pm for x ray.
Given that I can't open my mouth much I would have to contribute through the medium of mime which could get tiring for us all, and am in foul mood due to no eating and no sleep.
So unless antibiotics work miracles in next few hours it is probably a no show from me.

But interested in Facebook group, if you will still let me join after I move to Bradford on Avon on weds. Which should be fun on no sleep and diet of purée...

exexpat Mon 22-Jul-13 13:08:25

Oh no, Spero sad Hope the antibiotics work fast, but by this evening might be a bit optimistic... Also sad to hear we didn't manage to persuade you to stay in Bristol. But you are still going to make it in once a month for book group, aren't you?

Really sorry for the last minute cancellation, but won't be able to come now because of DD. Hope you all have fun and see you next month - when I will have read the book!

exexpat Mon 22-Jul-13 22:54:43

Sorry you couldn't make it, QueenofWhatever - no childcare?

It was a select group of four of us this evening. No one was a huge fan of the book (to put it mildly) (sorry, my suggestion - but blame the Booker committee) so we moved swiftly on...

I think we agreed that the book after next, ie for October, would be Full Dark House - recommended on another MN thread, apparently. Looks like a lighter read after two Booker shortlisted ones, anyway.

Everyone there this evening thought that a facebook group could be a sensible way to keep things going more easily - is everyone else a) on facebook? and b) happy with that? It would be a private group.

I am happy to set the group up, but just had a go at doing it, and in order to set it up, I have to have people to invite to join it, which I can't do as none of you are FB friends of mine at the moment. So, if you are happy to be added, please could you DM me your facebook ID or email address or whatever would help me find you on there.

TheRealXkcdfangirl Mon 22-Jul-13 22:55:51

So sorry to hear about the various offspring and infections that kept several people away this time - wishing everyone better fortune in September! (and hope you had a great evening with your friend Lamaz) The four of us who made it spent all of 10 minutes being disparaging about the book (with a little defence here and there) and spent the rest of time in our usual nattering...

As mentioned above, our next meeting is on 2nd September to discuss The Testament of Jesse Lamb at the Clifton Wine Bar.

The subsequent meeting will be 7th October discussing Full Dark House at Cafe Grounded Bedminster Parade

exexpat has agreed to organise an off-mumsnet method for us to send reminders around given that this thread keeps falling off watchlists and I'm-On lists - and will DM each person who has been active on this list with details - but I hope we'll keep posting news on this thread too so that it stays live and keeps attracting occassional new members, so if you haven't had a DM and want to join in the fun just let one of us know.

TheRealXkcdfangirl Mon 22-Jul-13 22:56:31

blush oops at the x-post

exexpat Mon 22-Jul-13 22:58:10

No, the x-post is a good thing, as you remembered to put in the dates/places, which I forgot.

Lamazeroo Tue 23-Jul-13 14:10:02

Glad to hear Facebook group will be the way of the future - I keep finding this thread has fallen off my list! Had a lovely night with my friend, thanks xkcd, and even better the amazing non-sleeper slept right through the thunderstorm!
Exexpat I'll PM you.

exexpat Tue 23-Jul-13 18:52:44

Secret FB group now set up with three members, awaiting DMs from more of you...

Like the look of the October book, but can't believe you expect me to traipse all the way to Bedminster! It's south of the river.

I have not been invited to the secret FB group. Is it because I was a no show on Monday? hmm

exexpat Tue 23-Jul-13 19:46:18

You are a founding member! Has it not popped up on your FB by now? Spero has found it. Look on the left hand side of your home page, under groups - should be there.

Spero Tue 23-Jul-13 20:02:48

As Queen has revealed herself as vicious geographical racist, she should be struck from list <proud bedminster for one night only>

Totally racist, me. To make it more authentic, should we not be meeting in the Asdal cafe?

MrsWembley Wed 24-Jul-13 08:15:25

Oh, at that time of night would there not be too many screaming babies and men walking around in their pyjama bottoms? Too distracting...

Spero Wed 24-Jul-13 09:11:50

You are ALL racists. <shock>.

Meeting at the ASDA MacDonalds would be an enriching experience and would in no way involve lots of people screaming at each other until security arrives <lies>

FreckledLeopard Wed 24-Jul-13 12:24:19

Exexpat - have PM'd you.

Looking forward to the October meet up!

exexpat Wed 24-Jul-13 13:07:41

FB group growing - there are now five of us. Still waiting for Lamazeroo, xkcd, maindoors, mutley, slightlysoupstained, bookwormthatturned etc.

Spero Thu 25-Jul-13 00:01:09

I might have to leave you and form a much more salubrious and intellectual group for Bradfordians. I have only just noticed the truly vile shade of mustard bile my kitchen is painted, so may have no time for reading, urgent trip to Wickes required.

MrsWembley Wed 14-Aug-13 16:37:22

Just had an email from Amazon recommending 'Full Dark House'...


mutley1 Mon 19-Aug-13 19:10:40

Ex expat I have messages you so hopefully can be included in the Facebook group

mutley1 Fri 23-Aug-13 18:09:34

Hi can anyone tell me where we are meeting on Sept 2nd??

exexpat Thu 29-Aug-13 22:45:51

Hi Mutley, just posted on the FB group as well, but it's 8pm at the Clifton Wine Bar on Queen's Road, between the students' union and Victoria Square.

Anyone else not on the FB group yet and wants to DM their details?

TheRealXkcdfangirl Fri 30-Aug-13 18:22:15

Looking forward to Monday, see you then...

Babysitter booked, see you all tomorrow!

MrsWembley Tue 03-Sep-13 08:12:04

Had a lovely evening last night, thank-you all! Looking forward to starting the next book...

MrsWembley Wed 09-Oct-13 18:18:01

Thought I'd bump this thread so that any newcomers can find us.

And I can't remember which Helen Dunmore book we decided on...

OrganixAddict Wed 09-Oct-13 20:47:53

Oh, I've been meaning to join you for ages, just never quite got it together. What, where and when are the details for the next one please? I'd really like to come along if I can.

MrsWembley Thu 10-Oct-13 13:37:56


Next one is on the 11th at Robin Hood's Retreat. We're reading a Helen Dunmore, but I can't remember which one...

<wanders off to FB to find out>

OrganixAddict Fri 11-Oct-13 16:53:01

Excellent, that's v near me. Oh hang on, 11th is today!? Hopefully you mean November in which case see you there - is it 8ish? Will even read book if someone can tell me what it is grin

exexpat Thu 17-Oct-13 22:34:24

I keep forgetting about this thread. Just posted on FB - can't remember which Helen Dunmore we decided on, but have a feeling it was Your Blue-Eyed Boy - anyone remember differently?

exexpat Thu 17-Oct-13 22:35:14

Oh, and yes, November 11th at 8ish - look for a table of women with a few books hanging around.

exexpat Fri 18-Oct-13 16:14:56

Consensus on FB seems to be that our chosen book was actually A Spell of Winter. Lots of second-hand copies on Amazon or Abebooks, and also available on kindle.

MrsWembley Fri 18-Oct-13 20:19:13


IrisWildthyme Tue 24-Dec-13 09:55:45

This thread is in danger of getting zombie status, but for the benefit of less regular members or new people - this bookclub is still going but is mainly communicating via facebook these days. If you want to get access to the facebook group, send a personal message to any of the active members in this thread giving your facebook name and we'll arrange to add you.

Our next meeting has been planned for 13th January and we are reading Anne Tyler "Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant" - I'm not sure whether a venue has been confirmed yet, it may be the Tobacco Factory as it is south-of-the-river's turn.

cleoowen Sun 23-Mar-14 20:12:15

Is this book club still on? Would like to join perhaps. How old is everyone in the group?

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