Introducing Our Pop-Up Book Club

By: The Company Of Books  05/12/2011
Keywords: books

Many book clubs work on the premise that it’s good to read books you wouldn’t ordinarily read. At The Company of Books we understand that there are people who only want, or have time, to read what actually interests them, and who would like to get together with a group of people to discuss that common interest.

Enter The Company of Books Pop-Up Book Club.

Every now and again we will choose two or three books based around a common theme. If you’re interested in reading and discussing the books, register for the meetings (one on each book). No long-term commitment required, no dinner-making or hosting, no need to read a book you really don’t want to read. All we ask is that you buy the books from us (there’s a 10% discount) and register for all the meetings in the set – that’s because we hope that the books as chosen will each add something to the reading of the others and offer a richer experience of all.

The books chosen for the first two meetings are:

In the Garden of Beasts, Erik Larson

The true story of William Dodd, the history professor turned US ambassador in Berlin in the 1930s as Hitler was coming to power.  He’s not helped in his task by having a daughter who is extremely even-handed in her choice of amours, numbering among them the head of the Gestapo, and an official from the Soviet Embassy  . . .

Tuesday, 18 October                   7.30 – 9pm

A new novel by award-winning Funder, based on real events and set in 1930s Berlin, in which a group of friends dedicated to resisting Hitler’s rise become hunted outlaws forced to flee the country, but continuing their resistance work despite the danger of betrayal, even from afar.

Drop in to The Company of Books to register. Places are limited.

The places for these sessions have now been filled. Watch this space for future pop-ups.

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In The Garden Of Beasts

On occasion it’s easy to imagine that what you’re reading is a thriller; on occasion it’s easy to laugh at the pompousness and ridiculousness of some of the characters – until you stop to remind yourself that these are the insane Hitler and Himmler and Göring. William E. Dodd was an unassuming history professor from the University of Chicago when, in June 1933, he received a phone call asking him to take up the post of US ambassador in Berlin.


November Meeting

Surrounded by artists in bustling cafés, Marie is swept away into a vivid and colourful world of mistresses and fourth wives, painted fishermen and cramped Parisian studios, ultimately leading her to the acclaimed painter Soren Kroyer. Late in the nineteenth century, a beautiful young art student from Copenhagen arrives in Paris, breathless with excitement and longing to become a painter.


Barnes Wins Man Booker 2011

This was the fourth time Barnes was shortlisted for the prize; the first time was in 1984 for Flaubert’s Parrot, the second time in 1998 for England, England, and the third time in 2005 for Arthur & George. Chair of Judges, Stella Rimington said it is a book that deserves to be read two or three times, as it is so crammed with information that you don’t necessarily take it all in on a first reading.


October Meeting

Mark Casey has left home, the rural Irish community where his family has farmed the same land for generations, to study for a doctorate in Dublin, a vibrant, contemporary city full of possibility. His is a life without focus or responsibility, until he meets Joanne Lynch, a trainee solicitor whom he finds irresistible. For our book club meeting on Wed October 19th, we read Solace by Belinda McKeon.