South Norwood book club to chart another decline and fall

GUY CLAPPERTON, of South Norwood’s Page Turners book club, looks back at this week’s meeting and gets on a Waugh footing for May

A terrific meeting last night with seven of us – three of whom were brand new members – saw five people who really liked this month’s book, Emma Cline’s The Girls. Of those who didn’t, Mercedes didn’t really, even though it was her suggestion, and me – I hadn’t had as much time as I’d hoped so hadn’t had a chance to finish it.

We had a lively chat about the book, the 1960s, America in the Sixties, Charles Manson and of course who can forget Georgina’s personal history in terms of growing up next to a brothel and becoming embroiled in a murder investigation in America (she was an innocent bystander in both instances I promise!)

A great evening which saw a lot of different perspectives on the book, which added a lot to it.

We decided we wanted something a little lighter to read over Easter so for the second time we’re reading Evelyn Waugh, although it’s a very different book from Brideshead, which we looked at a few months ago. This time it’s Scoop, a much shorter and more overtly comic novel.

That’ll be for our next meeting, on May 4 – as always, the first Thursday of the month, 7.30pm, at Yeha Noha, whose welcome by now acts as a group member in its own right. Don’t forget to buy a drink on the way in and maybe later as well, and tell your friends about the place – they don’t charge us for the room, it’s the least we can do!

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