Excited to be able to report that we had a very enjoyable soireeat the HMVCurzon (Wimbledon) yesterday evening, for our inaugural book/film club meet-up.
We had a great time and spent much of the evening discussing adult and children's literature (across hard copy, electronic devices and audiobook format). Aside from 'Elizabeth is Missing' (the chosen novel), we touched on all manner of books ranging from 'Middlemarch', to the Jack Reacher thrillers, Donna Tartt's small but perfectly formed library of works, JK Rowlings, 'Touching The Void' and some of our favourite novels. Children's literature past and present featured, with us delighting in revisiting classics from our own childhoods and enjoying getting to grips with contemporary works too!
Spencerette chose our next book, A Place Called Winter (by Patrick Gale), which she'd heard discussed only yesterday on BBC Radio 4. We're hoping for an uplifting read but its tagline "To find yourself, sometimes you must lose everything" suggests possibly otherwise! If it's anything like his A Perfectly Good Man though (which I very much enjoyed), we will find it both a page-turning and thought-provoking read.
We are currently debating a date for the next meet-up here, so please do sign up and suggest which date would work best for you. The more the merrier.
We may also schedule in seeing a film, but really it depends on screening timings and what's on (although Suite Francaise and Far From The Madding Crowd are both in the running). We are mindful that as mummies it's not always possible to get away from our LOs on time and we don't want to discourage you from coming along.
Feel free to ask any questions, make any suggestions or add any comments on future reads and/or films to see!
Enjoy the Easter hols we're missing an egg or bunny emoticon!
A friend arrived for the showing at 6.55 and the wine glasses had already gone - she was given wine in a half pint pot! (I was jealous!) I've signed up with the group on your link, looking forward to meeting up, thanks
Just to say that Mumsnet HQ have very kindly liaised with the publishers of our next novel (A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale) to give us FREE copies. I have already PMd those who are signed up to our Book/Film Group. If you've not yet joined us but fancy being involved and getting a free copy of the book, you're most welcome. Just sign up here.
But hurry because HQ would like names and addresses of those who want a copy of the Patrick Gale novel, by tomorrow, 1st April (and no, this isn't an April fool prank!).
Update, for those four of you who contacted Alice or Amy at HQ to claim your free copy. The books will be wending their way from the publishers to a letterbox near you shortly. If you were away last week and missed out on contacting HQ, never fear - I'm being sent four copies and HQ are also holding on to a couple should any of you contact them directly. So please either email HQ as per the PM instructions I sent out before the Easter weekend, or get in touch with me and we'll arrange a and so that I can get your copies to you!
Hi PheasantPlucker, we went for 7th May in the end - wisely I think, given that copies of the novel will probably not reach us until the weekend, at the earliest (although I know some of our group have already finished A Place Called Winter!).
Hi all, I have realised that the day chosen is election day - my youngest daughter's school is closed, and a big day out further afield with classmates has been mooted. I am not sure I will be home in time to meet you. Sorry.
I feel I have acquired the book under false pretences - would you like it back? (I have read about 50 pages, I love it so far)
Hi, in a change to the advertised programme I have had to collect my eldest daughter her special school following a very big epileptic seizure. We are hoping she can just sleep it off, will not have any more and will not need hospitalisation (she has open access at the local neuro dept)
Very much doubt I'll make tomorrow, but I'll see how she is.
We had a great meet-up and in-depth discussion about A Place Called Winter. See our reviews here, although our discussion on Thursday was considerably more comprehensive!
The great news is that we have FREE copies of our next read The Children Act which we're reading alongside other Mumsnetters, in anticipation of the upcoming - Monday 1 June 9-10pm - webchat with Ian McEwan.
We're also aiming to read On Chesil Beach before the webchat (and our meet-up too), so that we can compare and contrast two of his more recent novels
Mumnset HQ is going to give us our own Book Group username so that we can log in and ask some questions on the evening of the webchat - all very exciting. More information to follow, so watch this space!
If you've not yet come along to our Book Group but would like to, please sign up here. And if you'd like to read The Children Act, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and address and she will arrange to have a copy sent to you.
Hi PheasantPlucker really sorry to hear that your DD is still poorly .
Our next meet up is on Thursday 4th June - same time, same venue.
We got a mention in the Mumsnet (weekly) Book Newsletter today so that was a positive stroke . And we've now got our own username: MNMertonWimbledonbookclub for posting up questions on the main site monthly webchats (the Ian McEwan is looming next Monday, 1st June!) - all exciting.
Very much hoping you will be able to join us for the next meet-up but quite understand if you're not able to. If you have any observations or questions you'd like me to put to Ian McEwan please do post them up here, and I'll make sure I ask them on your behalf next week.
Sorry to hear that your DD's health is still not great .
A bit thin on the ground last night at the meet-up, but hoping that July will bring us all together - with a stack of books to be recommended (to see us thro' our summer hols)!
Still awaiting confirmation from HQ that we will be getting copies of the most recent Nick Hornby to read and for our book-group-only review page, so that we can post up our thoughts on The Children Act.
PheasantPlucker thanks for flagging this up! I've got the related 'listings' on my 'to do' list which isn't seeing much activity over the summer hols!
I've flagged up your other related Bookfest post to the wider MNMerton&Wimbledon Book Group community, in the hope that we might be able to arrange to go to one or two events en Merton Mumsnetter masse! .
And of course the invitation to join in the chat and come along is extended to all Merton Mumsnetters - we'd love to meet you!