Happy New Year everyone!
For the first Book Club of 2016 we chose The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon and A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler.
The Trouble with Goats and Sheep isn’t published until the 28th of January, but Leilah’s enthusiasm about this book shone through which is why the February meeting date is a little later than we’d usually schedule. It’s also half price as Leilah’s explains:
The Trouble with Goats and Sheep is an exceptional debut, and I hope you love it as much as I do! We’ve placed it in the January meeting as opposed to the February one because it has a FANTASTIC pre-order price. If you let us know online or in branch that you want a copy ahead of 28th January when it officially publishes, you’ll get your copy for half price – only £6.49. I’m also in talks to have Joanna visit the store shortly after our next meeting, so watch this space and I’ll keep you informed!
For Wednesday’s attendees all reserved copies have been put aside, but if you couldn’t make it, let Leilah know if you’d like order either book. 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 24th February, 5.25pm for 5.45pm.
The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, Joanna Cannon
England,1976. Mrs Creasy is missing and The Avenue is alive with whispers.
As the summer shimmers endlessly on, ten-year-olds Grace and Tilly decide to take matters into their own hands. And as the cul-de-sac starts giving up its secrets, the amateur detectives will find much more than they imagined…
‘Part whodunnit, part coming of age, this is a gripping debut about the secrets behind every door’ RACHEL JOYCE
‘A very special book’ NATHAN FILER
‘A delight’ PAULA HAWKINS
‘Grace and Tilly are my new heroes’ KATE HAMER
‘A wonderful debut’ JILL MANSELL
‘A modern classic in the making’ SARAH HILARY
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
A Whole Life, Robert Seethaler
Andreas lives his whole life in the Austrian Alps, where he arrives as a young boy taken in by a farming family.
He is a man of very few words and so, when he falls in love with Marie, he doesn’t ask for her hand in marriage, but instead has some of his friends light her name at dusk across the mountain. When Marie dies in an avalanche, pregnant with their first child, Andreas’ heart is broken.
He leaves his valley just once more, to fight in WWII – where he is taken prisoner in the Caucasus – and returns to find that modernity has reached his remote haven…
Like John Williams’ Stoner or Denis Johnson’s Train Dreams, A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler is a tender book about finding dignity and beauty in solitude.
An exquisite novel about a simple life, it has already demonstrated its power to move thousands of readers with a message of solace and truth. It looks at the moments, big and small, that make us what we are.
Translated by Charlotte Collins.
Publisher: Pan Macmillan