One hand clapping, by Anthony Burgess

Firstly, I was relieved that everyone present actually managed to obtain the book as it is one Mr Burgess’s more obscure titles.

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A visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

Angela Conyers introduced the book, noting its moving stories and its depiction of life within a mixed group of 20th century American associated with the music industry. There was no single direct narrative but poetic descriptions and an interesting variety of styles of writing.

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The Sense of an Ending, by Julian Barnes

“The Sense of an Ending”, by Julian Barnes, chosen for the January meeting of the Friends book group, held at The Grand each month, was one of those books that, though highly readable, required at least a couple of readings to fully appreciate it.

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A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

This book was chosen for November as it coincides with the annual Folkestone Book Festival and Mr Dickens’s classic novel has been chosen as this year’s Festival Read.

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The Map of Love by Ahdaf Soueif

When we had decided to put it on this year’s list of books I was thrilled as I had loved it when I read it about ten years ago and so I introduced it.

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The Snowman by Jo Nesbo

It was an unusually small group who met on 1st September [only 5 of us] but the discussion was a lively one, though we were largely in agreement this time. We were talking about, “The Snowman” by Jo Nesbo, a Norwegian Writer who has written a series of mystery books featuring an alcoholic detective called Harry Hole.

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