Best book of 2017/18 (BRC)

Small great things

Our worthy winner was Small great things by Jodi Picoult.  In second place was The keeper of lost things.  In third place was How to stop time.

Thank you for a great year of reading.  Looking forward to another one starting in November 2018!

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Little fires everywhere by Celeste Ng (November 2018 BRC Book Group)

Little fires everywhere

This was the winner of Goodreads fiction 2017 and the Amazon best novel of 2017 so we have decided to read it for our first BRC book group of the 2018/19 academic year.

Read more information on Celeste Ng’s website https://www.celesteng.com/about/

Dates are still to be set for 2018/19 so please check the staff development handbook over the summer and book your place.

Happy summer reading!

BOC staff book group will be reading: HAG-SEED By Margaret Atwood “The Tempest” Retold!

Next BOC book group is on Thursday 14th June 12-1pm CR1. This will be our last book group this semester (we meet again in November)

We will be reading HAG-SEED By Margaret Atwood “The Tempest” Retold!

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William Shakespeare’s The Tempest retold as Hag-Seed

Felix is at the top of his game as Artistic Director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival. His productions have amazed and confounded. Now he’s staging a Tempest like no other: not only will it boost his reputation, it will heal emotional wounds.

Or that was the plan. Instead, after an act of unforeseen treachery, Felix is living in exile in a backwoods hovel, haunted by memories of his beloved lost daughter, Miranda. And also brewing revenge.

After twelve years, revenge finally arrives in the shape of a theatre course at a nearby prison. Here, Felix and his inmate actors will put on his Tempest and snare the traitors who destroyed him. It’s magic! But will it remake Felix as his enemies fall?

Margaret Atwood’s novel take on Shakespeare’s play of enchantment, retribution, and second chances leads us on an interactive, illusion-ridden journey filled with new surprises and wonders of its own.

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Atwood chooses a setup which could have been cheesy and turns it into something extraordinary!

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/oct/16/hag-seed-review-margaret-atwood-tempest-hogarth-shakespeare

 

 

 

 

 

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer (June BRC Book Group)

literary potato pie

The next book for the BRC book group is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.  We’ll be discussing this on 13th June from 12-1pm in F3, St Michaels.  Any member of staff is welcome to join us.  Please book your space by emailing staffdevelopment@chi.ac.uk

We’re looking forward to a “lighter” read this time with a nice film tie-in!

Author, Juliet Ashton, can’t think what to write next.  She begins a correspondence with Dawsey Adams of Guernsey, who reveals that he is part of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.  Juliet is interested as she begins to hear from other members about life in Guernsey under German Occupation.  Could there be a story in this?

This will be our last meeting for this academic year so we’ll take a vote on our favourite book of 2017/18.

BOC Book Group will be reading ‘Annihilation’ by Jeff VanderMeer on Thursday 26th April.

BOC Book Group will be reading ‘Annihilation’ by Jeff VanderMeer on Thursday 26th April in Committee Room 1, 12 till 1pm.

A contemporary masterpiece’ Guardian

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THE FIRST VOLUME OF THE EXTRAORDINARY SOUTHERN REACH TRILOGY – NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY ALEX GARLAND (EX MACHINA) AND STARRING NATALIE PORTMAN AND OSCAR ISAAC

For thirty years, Area X has remained mysterious and remote behind its intangible border – an environmental disaster zone, though to all appearances an abundant wilderness.

The Southern Reach, a secretive government agency, has sent eleven expeditions to investigate Area X. One has ended in mass suicide, another in a hail of gunfire, the eleventh in a fatal cancer epidemic.

Now four women embark on the twelfth expedition into the unknown.

Read more. . . https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/feb/22/annihilation-review-natalie-portman-thriller-leaves-a-haunting-impression

 

A perfectly good family by Lionel Shriver

A perfectly good family by Lionel Shriver (March BRC book group)

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The Bognor Regis campus book club will be meeting to discuss A perfectly good family by Lionel Shriver on Wednesday 25th April in St Michael’s F3.  Any member of staff is welcome to join us.  Please book your space by emailing staffdevelopment@chi.ac.uk

Following the success of the book and film ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’, ‘A Perfectly Good Family’ is coming back into print after being unavailable for years.

Corlis McCrea moves back into her family’s grand mansion in North Carolina after her parents have died.  The house has been left to three siblings. Each heir wants the house. Yet to buy the other out, two siblings must team against one. Just as in girlhood, Corlis is torn between allying with the decent but fearful youngest and the iconoclastic eldest. ‘A Perfectly Good Family’ is a stunning examination of inheritance, literal and psychological: what we take from our parents, what we discard, and what we are stuck with, like it or not.

Looking forward to hearing what you think of this book.  New members are always welcome and if you cannot attend the meeting please let me know what you think of this book.

How to stop time by Matt Haig

How to stop time by Matt Haig (March BRC book group)

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The Bognor Regis campus book club will be meeting to discuss How to stop time by Matt Haig on Wednesday 7th March in John Parry Room 3.  Any member of staff is welcome to join us.  Please book your space by emailing staffdevelopment@chi.ac.uk

Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old history teacher, but he’s been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to Jazz-Age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen it all. As long as he keeps changing his identity he can keep one step ahead of his past – and stay alive. The only thing he must not do is fall in love . . .

Looking forward to hearing what you think of this book.  New members are always welcome and if you cannot attend the meeting please let me know what you think of this book.