Friday, 18 March 2011

Book Synopsis

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Breaking the Silence by Diane Chamberlain 
Chamberlain (The Escape Artist) explores psychiatric tensions in this disturbing story of dark secrets and redemption. Before astronomer Laura Brandon's father dies, he asks her to visit Sarah Tolley, an elderly woman he's never before mentioned. This seemingly simple request sets off a series of alarming events, most dramatically the suicide of Laura's husband, Ray, and the subsequent emotional withdrawal of her five-year-old daughter, Emma. Laura tries to help her daughter by contacting Emma's birth father, Dylan Geer. Laura and Dylan's affair had been short-lived, and Dylan never knew he had a child. A bond is formed when the three get together, and Dylan decides to help Laura solve the mysteries. Despite minor flaws (the connection between Sarah and Laura's husband is obvious early on), the story offers relentless suspense and intriguing psychological insight (Chamberlain is a former psychotherapist) as well as a satisfying love story.

Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran
The marriage of Marc Antony and Cleopatra is one of the greatest love stories of all time, a tale of unbridled passion with earth-shaking political consequences. Feared and hunted by the powers in Rome, the lovers choose to die by their own hands as the triumphant armies of Antony’s vengeful rival, Octavian, sweep into Egypt. Their three orphaned children are taken in chains to Rome, but only two— the ten-year-old twins Selene and Alexander— survive the journey. Delivered to the household of Octavian’s sister, the siblings cling to each other and to the hope that they will return one day to their rightful place on the throne of Egypt. As they come of age, they are buffeted by the personal ambitions of Octavian’s family and court, by the ever-present threat of slave rebellion, and by the longings and desires deep within their own hearts.

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
On the eve of her ninth birthday, unassuming Rose Edelstein, a girl at the periphery of schoolyard games and her distracted parents’ attention, bites into her mother’s homemade lemon-chocolate cake and discovers she has a magical gift: she can taste her mother’s emotions in the cake. She discovers this gift to her horror, for her mother—her cheerful, good-with-crafts, can-do mother—tastes of despair and desperation. Suddenly, and for the rest of her life, food becomes a peril and a threat to Rose.The curse her gift has bestowed is the secret knowledge all families keep hidden—her mother’s life outside the home, her father’s detachment, her brother’s clash with the world. Yet as Rose grows up she learns to harness her gift and becomes aware that there are secrets even her taste buds cannot discern.

Saturday, 26 February 2011


March’s Book club meeting!

March’s meeting is early this month as author of the Postmistress Sarah Blake has agreed to join us and share some of the inspiration behind her wonderful book.

Please RSVP now and keep your RSVP current as space will be limited, and we want everyone to be able to benefit from this amazing opportunity.


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Literature Events: 

The London Book Fair 
The London Book Fair is coming to town! Okay, this might not be as exciting for you as it is for me… and it does cost £25.00 to get in but I can’t wait! Let me know if you’re interested in going and we can go together! April 11-13th Earl’s Court , London.

World BOOK Night
World book night is on Friday night. What organisers believe will be the biggest single literary event in history is to raise the curtain on next month's World Book Night, itself billed as "the biggest book  give-away ever". On 4 March London's Trafalgar Square will be given over to a "glittering celebration of the written word", with 10,000 people expected to attend. Graham Norton will be hosting the event, with readings from Margaret Atwood and Philip Pullman (among others). Read more HERE  Tickets to the event are free, but limited. I will let you know when they are on general sale.!

Exclusive Event with celebrated Author Alexander McCall Smith
Date: 03 March 2011
Time: 1PM – 3:30 PM
Place: The Royal Geological Society, Piccadilly, London
Price: £15 ( proceeds will go to support The Pelican Post)
Booking: To Reserve a place please email

Monday, 21 February 2011

The books that have defined the London Girly Book Club (to date)

Change of Heart
Jodi Picoult
Three Cups of Tea
Greg Mortensen
Purple Hibiscus
Ghimimanda Ngozi Adichie
Glass Castle
Jeanette Walls
Marley & Me
John Grogan
Open House
Elizabeth Berg
The Gift
Cecelia Ahearn
Gregory David Roberts
Double Blind
Chris Bohjalian
Marcus Fedder
Stephanie Myers
Louise Bagshawe
The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society
Mary Ann Shaffer
White Tiger
Aravind Adiga
Call in the Midwife
Jennifer Worth
Half Broke Horses
Jeanette Walls
Still Alice
Lisa Genova
We Need to talk about Kevin
Lionel Shaffer
The Various Flavours of Coffee
Anthony Capella
Stones into Schools
Greg Mortensen
The Help
Kathryn Stockett
The Other Hand
Chris Cleaves
Single in the City
Michele Gorman
The Legacy
Katherine Webb
The Last Lecture
Randy Pausch
One Day
David Nicholls
The Postmistress
Sarah Blake

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Women's Lit: The novels that defined 20th-century woman.

From Stylist Magazine

The Awakening, by Kate Chopin. 1899. "Perhaps it is better to wake up after all, even to suffer, rather than to remain a dupe to illusions all one’s life." A wife and mother begins asking herself difficult questions in this landmark work of proto-feminism.
A Room of One’s Own, by Virginia Woolf. 1929. “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.” An eloquent extended essay railing against the inevitable strictures of a patriarchal society.
The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath. 1963. “The silence depressed me. It wasn’t the silence of silence. It was my own silence. Semi-autobiographical novel about a young writer who tries, and eventually refuses, to fit in.
The Diary of Anais Nin, Anais Nin. 1966. “Life shrinks and expands in proportion to one’s courage.” Seven volumes of unconventional wisdom and liberal sexuality from one of the 20th century’s most inspiring thinkers.
The Colour Purple, by Alice Walker. 1982. “I think it pisses God off if you walk by the colour purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.” Pulitzer-winning novel dealing in racial and sexual oppression.
Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, by Jeanette Winterson. 1985. “Love has been diluted into paperback form and sole thousands and millions of copies.” Ground-breaking coming-of-age novel exploring religious and sexual repression.
The Beauty Myth: How Images Of Beauty Are Used Against Women, by Naomi Wolf. 1991. “Western women have been controlled by ideals and stereotypes as much as by material constraints.” Academic yet palatable argument that the pressure to conform to an invented ideal of “beauty” is a means of controlling women.
The Vagina Monologues, by Eve Ensler. 1996. “Just say c**t! Everything changes.” Episodic play dealing with rape, incest, pleasure and pain.