Our first book club of 2019 will explore the theme 'Acts of Resistance' featuring a novel based on a true story and a recently discovered classic.
In 1947, Hans Fallada published Alone in Berlin based on the real life case of Otto and Elise Hampel. The Hampels were a working-class couple who, following the death of their son in France, began writing messages to the German people encouraging them to resist and overthrow the Nazis. It is a gripping tale of an ordinary couple's determination to defy tyranny and a vivid portrait of life in wartime Berlin.
Our second novel, published to great acclaim in 1962 when William Melvin Kelley was just 24 years old, earned him comparisons to James Baldwin and William Faulkner. A Different Drummer, set in a small backwater town during the summer of 1957, begins when a young black farmer deliberately destroys his own farm and leaves town taking the rest of the African-American population with him. The reaction that follows is told from the perspective of a different white townsperson as they are confronted with this spontaneous, collective rejection of subordination. It is a timeless, timely and illuminating lost masterpiece.
Our brand of discussion at Waterstones is always light-hearted, informal and fun. Our journey will be fuelled by literary-inspired gin cocktails served in jam jars.
Numbers strictly limited, so please book promptly to avoid disappointment.
Tickets are £8 (£6 for students) and include a gin cocktail.