Bibliofemme Bookclub An Irish Bookclub

January 10, 2012

The Last King of Scotland by Giles Foden

Filed under: Bookclub Books,Historical Fiction — The Historian @ 3:07 pm
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Title: The Last King of Scotland Author: Giles Foden Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: Vintage Books Release Date: 1999 Pages: 335
Meeting: 5th July 2007

As a child I devoured every book within reach, many of which, I probably shouldn’t have been reading! One of those books, which I read when I was about 10, was about the terrible reign of Ugandan President Idi Amin, complete with photos of his victims. It was a book that haunted me for a long time and, since then, I’ve had an interest

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Selected Stories by Katherine Mansfield

Filed under: Bookclub Books,General Fiction — The DJ @ 3:07 pm
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Title: Katherine Mansfield's Selected Stories Author: Katherine Mansfield Genre: Fiction Publisher: W. W. Norton Release Date: 2006 Pages: 430 Meeting: Friday 22nd April 2005

When one of my favourite writers, Virginia Woolf said: “I was jealous of her writing. The only writing I have ever been jealous of”, I couldn’t help my curiosity about Katherine Mansfield. She has long occupied a place on my ‘to read’ list and her weighty reputation rests on her short stories. She never wrote a novel

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The Rum Diary by Hunter S Thompson

Filed under: Bookclub Books,General Fiction — The Techie @ 3:07 pm
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Title: The Rum Diary Author: Hunter S. Thompson Genre: Fiction Publisher: Simon and Schuster Release Date: 2011-10-04 Pages: 224 Meeting: 16th November 2006

For the first time in the history of Bibliofemme a bookclub choice was rejected by the Femmes – not this book I hasten to add. Not my proudest moment but in my defence I have a baby now!

The book I chose which shall remain nameless as I do not wish to upset anyone was met with a resounding groan. A panic purchase by me and recommended by the

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Memoir by John McGahern

Filed under: Bookclub Books,Irish,Biography — The Historian @ 3:07 pm
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Title: Memoir Author: John McGahern Genre: Biography, Irish Release Date: 2006 Pages: 272 Meeting: 14th December 2006

Sometimes bookclub books are chosen carefully; sometimes they occur by default. Memoir is one of the serendipitous accidents. A last minute trip to the bookshop before the last bookclub resulted me being unable to get seven copies of my book of choice. At the last minute, I saw a stack of Memoir and, as it’s been on my Must Read list since

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On Beauty by Zadie Smith

Filed under: Bookclub Books,General Fiction — Femmes @ 3:07 pm
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Title: On Beauty Author: Zadie Smith Genre: Fiction Publisher: Penguin Group USA Release Date: 2006 Pages: 445 Meeting: 17th April 2007

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An Open Swimmer by Tim Winton

Filed under: Bookclub Books,General Fiction — Femmes @ 3:07 pm
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Title: An Open Swimmer Author: Tim Winton Genre: General Fiction Publisher: Pan Macmillan Release Date: 2003 Pages: 192 Meeting: Friday 20th May 2005

Tim Winton’s first novel is a classic character study, where not much happens.

To begin with we are presented with Jerra Nilsam, a young man who is desperately searching for some sort of meaning in his life. The novel is based along the Western Australian coastline and revolves around conversations, camping, reflection, fishing, letters, relationships

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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind

Filed under: Bookclub Books,General Fiction — The Connoisseur @ 3:07 pm
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Title: Perfume Author: Patrick Süskind Genre: Fiction Publisher: Vintage Books Release Date: 2001 Pages: 255 Meeting: 12th March 2007

Synopsis Survivor, genius, perfumer, killer: this is Jean-Baptiste Grenouille. He is abandoned on the filthy streets of Paris as a child, but grows up to discover he has an extraordinary gift: a sense of smell more powerful than any other human’s. Soon, he is creating the most sublime fragrances in all the city. Yet, there is one

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The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West

Filed under: Bookclub Books,General Fiction — The Connoisseur @ 3:07 pm
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Title: The Fountain Overflows Author: Rebecca West Genre: Fiction Publisher: New York Review of Books Release Date: 1956 Pages: 408

The author re-imagines her own childhood in this witty, often troubling autobiographical novel that follows the lives of members of the Aubrey family from the perspective of Rose, one of four siblings. Original.

Meeting: 13th October 2007

After a lot of research including scouring the recommendations in the Sunday papers and reviewing the ‘top’ lists in the Guardian

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The Shadow of the Sun: My African Life by Ryszard Kapuscinski

Filed under: Bookclub Books,General Fiction — The Techie @ 3:07 pm
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Title: The Shadow of the Sun Author: Ryszard Kapuscinski, Klara Glowczewska, Genre: Biography & Autobiography Publisher: Penguin UK Release Date: 2002-03-28 Pages: 336 Meeting: Friday 19th November 2004

I chose this book for two particular reasons. I liked the idea of reading a Polish author (the majority of our authors being, Irish, English or American) and the book itself was recommended to me.

The Shadow of the Sun is a hard book to categorise. It’s not quite a biography and it isn’t really a travel book, so the only way I can describe

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Tatty by Christine Dwyer Hickey

Filed under: Bookclub Books,Irish — The Techie @ 3:07 pm
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Title: Tatty Author: Christine Dwyer Hickey Genre: Fiction, Irish Publisher: Vintage Books Release Date: 2006 Pages: 205 Meeting: Friday 26th March 2004

When I read the press release for Tatty I was intrigued. I had heard of Dwyer-Hickey before but had never read anything by her, so the following lines written by Colum McCann really grabbed me:

‘A bare, lyrical story of a Dublin childhood that will rank among the very best of Irish books this year. It’s not easy to make writing seem this simple. Like all good stories, it never judges itself, and so it remains open, charming, dignified, even when the subject matter drifts towards the harrowing. A really fine book, evocative of a not-so-distant past.’

Of course the fact that she’s Irish and female was just an added bonus.

This is a very hard review to write as it is difficult to put in words exactly

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