Our book group choice for May 2015 is The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell. In 1799, Jacob de Zoet disembarks on the tiny island of Dejima, the Dutch East India Company’s remotest trading post in a Japan otherwise closed to the outside world. A junior clerk, his task is to uncover evidence of the previous Chief Resident’s corruption.
Our book group choice for April 2015 is High-Rise by J.G. Ballard. When a class war erupts inside a luxurious apartment block, modern elevators become violent battlegrounds and cocktail parties degenerate into marauding attacks on “enemy” floors.
Our book group choice for March 2016 is The Girl in the Photograph by Kate Riordan. The novel tells the tales of women in two different eras – the 1890s and 1930s – and how their lives seem to be entwined by fate.
Our book group choice for February 2016 is Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey. Meet Maud. Maud is forgetful. She makes a cup of tea and doesn’t remember to drink it. She goes to the shops and forgets why she went. Sometimes her home is unrecognizable – or her daughter Helen seems a total stranger.
Our book choice for January 2015 is Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood. Toronto 1843: The young maid Grace is found guilty of the double murder. Female fiend? Femme fatale? Or weak and unwilling victim? Around the true story of one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of the 1840s, Margaret Atwood has created an extraordinarily potent tale of sexuality, cruelty and mystery.
Our book choice for December 2014 is Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. Tolstoy’s classic story of doomed love is one of the most admired novels in world literature. Generations of readers have been enthralled by his magnificent heroine, the unhappily married Anna Karenina, and her tragic affair with dashing Count Vronsky.