Almost a consensus this month, as without a non-fiction book Leilah gave us a larger fiction selection and the main choice was A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale. It was selected for Simon Mayo’s Latest Book Club back in March this year.
As each book was picked by someone, feel free join them. Check out September’s alternative reads for the list.
We’d also like to thank Iain Broome for coming to our meeting and discussing his work. It was really interesting and Iain was lovely, so I’m sure everyone will be looking out for his next book.
If you’d like to buy any of the books, please let Leilah or Waterstones Doncaster know as they may have to order them in. Tell the Waterstones Doncaster staff member that you’re with the book club, and they should know to take off the extra pound, disclaimer.
The next meeting will be on Wednesday 14th October, 5.20pm for 5.45pm.
Costa have agreed to stay on for a short while to serve us drinks and cakes, so please get there well before 5:30. Any of you that would like to gather earlier to chat, feel free, though I’ll ask you to move to our designated space from 5pm so that Costa can clean up around us.
A Place Called Winter, Patrick Gale
To find yourself, sometimes you must lose everything.
A privileged elder son, and stammeringly shy, Harry Cane has followed convention at every step. Even the beginnings of an illicit, dangerous affair do little to shake the foundations of his muted existence – until the shock of discovery and the threat of arrest cost him everything.
Forced to abandon his wife and child, Harry signs up for emigration to the newly colonised Canadian prairies. Remote and unforgiving, his allotted homestead in a place called Winter is a world away from the golden suburbs of turn-of-the-century Edwardian England. And yet it is here, isolated in a seemingly harsh landscape, under the threat of war, madness and an evil man of undeniable magnetism that the fight for survival will reveal in Harry an inner strength and capacity for love beyond anything he has ever known before.
In this exquisite journey of self-discovery, loosely based on a real life family mystery, Patrick Gale has created an epic, intimate human drama, both brutal and breathtaking. It is a novel of secrets, sexuality and, ultimately, of great love.
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group