It’s Books for Syria Month!

Buy Books for SyriaIt’s a funny one this month as Leilah’s Book Club picks were largely ignored in favour of buying a book in the Waterstones Buy Books For Syria campaign.

Waterstones has come together with Oxfam, authors and UK publishers, to raise money for Oxfam’s Syria Crisis Appeal.

From Thursday 1st October, all Waterstones shops will sell a fantastic selection of books by bestselling authors in our ‘Buy Books for Syria’ campaign. All of the books have been donated by their publishers and we will donate 100% of the full retail price to Oxfam’s Syria crisis appeal.

Rob Chilver – Waterstones Blog

Choices from the Books for Syria campaign

Choices from the Books for Syria campaign

In total 10 different books were chosen and so with that in mind we’re going with the two most popular, The Radleys by Matt Haig and Lila by Marilynne Robinson.

The list of the other Book Club and Syria Campaign choices can be found on October’s Alternative Reads post.

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 18th November, 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.


The Radleys, Matt Haig

The Radleys by Matt HaigLife with the Radleys: Radio 4, dinner parties with the Bishopthorpe neighbours and self-denial. Loads of self-denial. But all hell is about to break loose.

When teenage daughter Clara gets attacked on the way home from a party, she and her brother Rowan finally discover why they can’t sleep, can’t eat a Thai salad without fear of asphyxiation and can’t go outside unless they’re smothered in Factor 50.

With a visit from their lethally louche Uncle Will and an increasingly suspicious police force, life in Bishopthorpe is about to change. Drastically.

Published: 02/07/2015

Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd

ISBN: 9781782116882


Lila, Marilynne Robinson

Lila by Marilynne Robinson

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015

Lila, homeless and alone after years of roaming the countryside, steps inside a small-town Iowa church-the only available shelter from the rain-and ignites a romance and a debate that will reshape her life. She becomes the wife of a minister and widower, John Ames, and begins a new existence while trying to make sense of the days of suffering that preceded her newfound security.

Neglected as a toddler, Lila was rescued by Doll, a canny young drifter, and brought up by her in a hardscrabble childhood of itinerant work. Together they crafted a life on the run, living hand-to-mouth with nothing but their sisterly bond and a lucky knife to protect them. But despite bouts of petty violence and moments of desperation, their shared life is laced with moments of joy and love.

When Lila arrives in Gilead, she struggles to harmonize the life of her makeshift family and their days of hardship with the gentle worldview of her husband which paradoxically judges those she loves.

Revisiting the beloved characters and setting of Marilynne Robinson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Gilead and Orange Prize-winning Home, Lila is a moving expression of the mysteries of existence.

Published: 09/10/2014

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group

ISBN: 9781844088805

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