The book selection for our next get together

Posted by Guy Pringle, 5th November 2010

As you may have seen from previous blogs about le Rieu, our very first Readers Gathering was an outstanding success – for which I am mightily relieved. Bringing together - for the very first time – a disparate group of people as a ‘reading group’ to engage on a heavyweight theme was ambitious to say the least.


Perhaps inevitably, this first group comprised long-standing reviewers – indeed, four of the party had come along to the Reviewers Conference back in April. However, I was concerned that partners who were less passionate about their reading – Steve and Mike in particular - might feel left out. And here our theme – War – worked in my favour. Which is why we’ve agonised about the selection of books for the next gathering in March. I hope you approve enough to want to join me.


To make the amount of reading manageable, we have two themes this time

Firstly, the pick of nb Books of the Year

Our 2010 winner (which will be announced in nb61)

A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini (2008)

My Sister’s Keeper Jodi Picoult(2005)

Altered Land Jules Hardy(2003)


And the second theme is short stories that were made into films

Shawshank Redemption Stephen King

Breakfast at Tiffany's Truman Capote

The Man Who Would Be King Rudyard Kipling

Brokeback Mountain Annie Proulx


As before, each of the first four days we'll gather in the Farmhouse living room around 10 after a leisurely breakfast to discuss one of the Book of the Year choices alongside one of the short stories.


(See the French Retreat pages of this website for more info on dates and costs.)

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