Archive for August, 2009

Autumn dates and book list

As I write, the sun is beating down, the air is full of those annoying litle black bugs and the weather experts are assuring me it all won’t last. It’s hard to even think of darkening autumn evenings – but they’re on their way! So it’s nice to know that we have a list of new books to see us through the chillier months.
Here are the dates and books – and I’ve done a bit of Googling to let you know a little about the selection.
Tues Sept 1st – Cold Earth by Sarah Moss. This is a debut novel set in a remote part of Greenland around an archaealogical dig. It gets great reviews on the web!
Tues 6th Oct – Talk of the Town by Jacob Polley. This is a New Writing North “Simul-Read” which all the groups are reading to give some momentum to an author event at the Durham Book festival. The author is a poet writing his debut novel and its narrator is a 14-year-old boy.
Tues 3rd November – Out of a Clear Sky by Sally Hinchcliffe. This is linked to the visit to the Berwick Book Group by the author. The book’s a psychological thriller featured as a Book of the Week on Radio 4 last year – and Hinchcliffe’s writing has been compared to Ian McEwan’s.
Tues 1st Dec – Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith. This is a thriller set in 1950s Stalinist Russia.
Tues 5th January – The Clothes On Their Backs by Linda Grant. Set in the 1970s, it’s the story of Vivien, the daughter of Hungarian-Jewish immigrants, and her struggle for identity.

New Writing North will be asking Kim to stock the books as soon as possible, and do remember that she offers a 5% discount on the choices to Book Group members. I think it’s important we support the shop as we’re really lucky to have such a great venue for our meetings.

I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into these books! Ann will be kindly facilitating the September meeting as I’ll still be away on holiday on 1st September, but I’ll keep on top of the blog and hope to see everyone in October! Have a great summer.


About the book group

The Berwick Book Group meets on the first Tuesday of every month at the First Class Passenger Lounge on the platform of Berwick Train Station at 6.30pm.

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