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Well, as our previous book club choice seems to have been met with general approval, are there any suggestions for our Purple Co Book Club Autumn Read 2017? If we're stuck for suggestions, I've a couple of titles, but other peoples' ideas are invariably more interesting than mine.
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Posted at 10th Sep 2017 - 01:47PM   Posted by Lampworkbeader   I am open to  Suggestions Comments: 13

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Inthemud's Avatar I have a suggestion , that comes via Chris Stovell on FB. She has just read Sarah's Perry's The Essex Serpent and found it most enjoyable. I had seen it and wondered if I should read it and now think I will.
review from The Times says:"The Essex Serpent is a work of historical fiction, set in the 1890s, which, for originality, richness of prose and depth of characterisation is unlikely to be bettered this year ... a remarkable novel. Although Will and Cora provide the focal points for her story, Perry has packed The Essex Serpent with a rich array of equally rounded characters to hold our attention. The novel is full of vivid set pieces ... it is Perry's ability to conjure up a sense of entire lives unfolding before our eyes that is most impressive. Filled with wisdom about human behaviour and motivations, and written in a distinctive, stylish prose, The Essex Serpent is one of the most memorable historical novels of the past decade."

Posted by: Inthemud on 10th Sep 2017 at 06:21PM

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Inthemud's Avatar And if you enjoy a bonk fest how about Jilly Cooper's " Mount" I have just started it as needed some light reading!
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Posted by: Inthemud on 10th Sep 2017 at 06:22PM

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Camilla's Avatar Peking to Paris by Dina Bennett. - Life and Love on a Short Drive Around Half the World.

In May 2007, leaving China’s Great Wall is Car 84, one of 128 antique autos racing in the Peking to Paris Motor Challenge. It’s guided by one Dina Bennett, the world’s least likely navigator: a daydreamer prone to carsickness, riddled with self-doubt, and married to a thrill-seeking perfectionist who is half-human, half-racecar. What could possibly go wrong?


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Posted by: Camilla on 11th Sep 2017 at 11:22AM

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Camilla's Avatar Thanks Muddie... never read a Jilly Cooper novel in my life, and since it's some time since the days of the old bonking I might quite like that novel 'Mount'.Very HappyVery Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 11th Sep 2017 at 11:26AM

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Camilla's Avatar Well our Fennie did say perhaps we should have a racy novel on our coo read for once.Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 11th Sep 2017 at 11:26AM

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Fennie's Avatar Not sure if we have ever had a biography - there's a new one of Claire Tomlin (well an autobiography) that sounded quite good. Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 11th Sep 2017 at 01:27PM

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Fennie's Avatar Sorry, Tomalin.Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 11th Sep 2017 at 01:27PM

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Camilla's Avatar Is the title called A Life of My Own by Claire Tomalin Fennie?

Posted by: Camilla on 11th Sep 2017 at 01:58PM

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Camilla's Avatar Know Tomalin has written on Pepys too.

Posted by: Camilla on 11th Sep 2017 at 01:58PM

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Fennie's Avatar That's the one Camilla and yes, she has written (and very well) on our Samuel P.

There's also a new novel by John le Carré which resurrects George Smiley and has received good reviews in the Times and elsewhere. ''A Legacy of Spies" the back story of 'A Spy that came in from the cold.'Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 11th Sep 2017 at 07:44PM

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Camilla's Avatar Think Claire Tomalin wrote a piece in last Saturday's Telegraph damn would have loved to have seen that although I can read it online I do love to hold a newspaper in my hand rather.

John le Carre is a great writer have seen most of his films loved Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy with Alec Guinness. Read up on the synopsis of his new novel sounds good.Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 12th Sep 2017 at 11:26AM

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Camilla's Avatar Another one for the list is The Ladies Chilbury Choir by Jennifer Ryan and is in the Historical catagory.Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 12th Sep 2017 at 11:45AM

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Camilla's Avatar What a lovely mixed bag of novels we have this time Lampie I want to read them all!Very Happy I have counted 6 so far.

Posted by: Camilla on 12th Sep 2017 at 11:48AM

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