The South Norwood book club, Page Turners, meets on November 3, to share their views on Patrick Gale’s acclaimed novel, A Place Called Winter.
Short-listed for the 2015 Costa Prize – which makes it eminently suited for reading in a coffee shop, in this case Norwood Junction’s Yeha Noha – A Place Called Winter is a widely admired and enjoyed book.
Winter does indeed exist as a place, in Saskatchewan, in the remote Canadian prairies. It is a small town which was first settled in 1908 and grew around a station built for the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, as European settlers arrived on the promise of free land if they cultivated it.
Author Gale’s great-grandfather was one such settler, who packed up his well-ordered life in Edwardian England and set off on an emigrant ship for a life of back-breakingly hard toil and uncertainty. The book’s Harry Cane is loosely based on his family experiences, as the settlers tried to turn wilderness into productive farm land.
“A Place Called Winter does not offer resolution, but it does offer hope that emotional truth and loyalty to that truth may be a way forward…” the Guardian‘s review said. “Harry Cane is one of many, the disappeared who were not wanted by their families or their societies and whose stories were long shrouded with shame. This fascinating novel is their elegy.”
Read the book and then share your experience of it with The Page Turners on Wednesday week at Yeha Noha, 19-21 Station Road, SE25, from 7.30pm. Check in with the Page Turners’ Facebook page here.
Entry is free, apart from the cost of the book (unless you are able to get a copy from your library), and the price of a tea or coffee, maybe a slice of cake, since Yeha Noha allow the use of their room free of charge.
OCT 19 UPDATE: This meeting has been re-arranged for November 3. All other details remain as above
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