All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr for January 2017 BOOK GROUP at BOC.

The next book we will be discussing at the Bishop Otter campus ( BOC) BOOK GROUP will be: ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr.

Thursday 26th January 2017 in UH2 at BOC 12-1pm

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WINNER OF THE 2015 PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
WINNER OF THE CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR FICTION

A beautiful, stunningly ambitious novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II

‘Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever.’

For Marie-Laure, blind since the age of six, the world is full of mazes. The miniature of a Paris neighbourhood, made by her father to teach her the way home. The microscopic layers within the invaluable diamond that her father guards in the Museum of Natural History. The walled city by the sea, where father and daughter take refuge when the Nazis invade Paris. And a future which draws her ever closer to Werner, a German orphan, destined to labour in the mines until a broken radio fills his life with possibility and brings him to the notice of the Hitler Youth.

In this magnificent, deeply moving novel, the stories of
Marie-Laure and Werner illuminate the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.

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Anthony Doerr is the author of four books, The Shell Collector, About Grace, Four Seasons in Rome, and Memory Wall. His work has won numerous prizes in the U.S., including the Rome Prize, The New York Public Library’s Young Lions Awards, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2007, Granta named Doerr one of the Best Young American Novelists, and in 2011, his story “The Deep” won the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award. He lives in the mountains in Boise, Idaho with his wife and two young sons.

http://www.anthonydoerr.com/books/all-the-light-we-cannot-see/

Any comments about the book? Please feel free to add to our blog.

 

 

NOVEMBER BOOK GROUP – latest news!

University of Chichester’s staff book group will be starting again next semester in NOVEMBER 2016.

( DATE AND ROOM TO BE ANNOUNCED)

Bishop Otter will now be holding their book group on Thursdays, so we won’t be able to Skype them. However the BRC Book Group have agreed that they will choose their own books for the Bognor group to read, but if possible the Bishop Otter group might read the same one as them. Therefore the 2 books groups can still keep in touch via the BLOG.

The next book BOTH groups will be reading in November is:

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILEY’S WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2014.

Chimamanda-Ngozi-Adichie--010Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

From the award-winning author of ‘Half of a Yellow Sun,’ a powerful story of love, race and identity.

As teenagers in Lagos, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are fleeing the country if they can. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America. There she suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London.

We all wish race was not an issue, says Ifemelu, talking about inter-racial relationships at a polite Manhattan dinner party, the day after Obama becomes the presidential candidate: “But it’s a lie. I came from a country where race was not an issue, I did not think of myself as black and I only became black when I came to America.”

Hope you enjoy reading it. And looking forward to our discussion in November ( date and room TBC)

Please feel free to post any comments you have.

Happy Reading!

see you soon

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Best book of 2015/16

The voa song for Issy Bradleytes are in!  Combining the votes from BOC and BRC book groups, our top three overall (and for BRC) were:

  1. A song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray
  2. We are all completely beside ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
  3. The ice twins by S.K. Tremayne

However, the top three choices for BOC were:

  1. Quality of silence by Rosamund Lupton
  2. Never let me go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  3. A god in ruins by Kate Atkinson

 

Looking forward to another year of great choices.  Thanks everyone!

 

VOTE for your favourite book this semester!

VOTE for your favourite book this semester!

Which book did you enjoy the best this semester at Book Group?

Here’s a reminder of the contenders:

the contendors

  • The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • A God in Ruins by kate Atkinson
  • A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray
  • The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne
  • We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

 

Number 1 (most favourite) with 3 points

Number 2 (next favourite) with 2 points

Number 3 (3rd favourite) with 1 point

And then the one with the most points will win.

my favourite book

 

Will each campus choose the same book????

Our favourite book will be announced soon.

 

https://chiunibookgroup.wordpress.com/

Rosamund Lupton discusses ‘The Quality of Silence’ on BBC Breakfast.

The next book we are discussing at our staff book group on Wednesday June 8th is: ‘The Quality of Silence’ by Rosamund Lupton. I found a great link to about it on YouTube – well worth a listen.

 

https://chiunibookgroup.wordpress.com/2016/05/06/rosamund-lupton-discusses-the-quality-of-silence-on-bbc-breakfast/

Any comments?

The ones that didn’t make it….

The book that was picked out of a hat for the June book group is The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton.  However, the group did ask if they could have a list of the ones that didn’t make it so that they can add them to their summer wish list!  They were….

  • Safekeeping by Jessamyn Hope
  • The road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson
  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Moving by Jenny Eclair
  • The green road by Anne Enright

The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton

Our next book, chosen by the BRC book group, is The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton.  Looking forward to hearing what you think of this psychological thriller.

On 24th November Yasmin and her deaf daughter Ruby arrived in Alaska.
Within hours they were driving alone across a frozen wilderness
Where nothing grows
Where no one lives
Where tears freeze
And night will last for another 54 days.
They are looking for Ruby’s father.
Travelling deeper into a silent land.
They still cannot find him.
And someone is watching them in the dark.

Join the book group on 8th June from 12-1pm at BOC, UH4 or BRC, SMG3 by emailing staffdevelopment@chi.ac.uk and post your thoughts here….