Each session is curated around a specific theme and features two books carefully chosen to provide the basis for our discussion. You can choose to read one/both/neither of the books OR you can search out your own 20th Century gem that fits the theme bring it along to share with the group.
On May 30th we will explore mystical lands and journey to far off worlds in The Sci-Fi Edition of our book club. We'll first travel to the ice-bound, genderless planet of Gethen (Winter) in Ursula K. Le Guin's Hugo award winning novel The Left Hand of Darkness . Described by Le Guin as a 'thought experiment', this ground-breaking work explores the themes of isolation, exile and the vital role that personal connection plays in survival.
Our next destination is a starship, stranded in a barren wilderness at the end of the universe in Joanna Russ' 1977 novel We Who Are About To. Alone with a group strangers and facing almost certain death, we will examine the cost of individual freedom, the limits of power and the primal instinct we all have to endure through the pages of this electrifying novel.
Our brand of discussion at Waterstones is always lighthearted, informal and strictly non-academic. Our journey will be fuelled by literary-inspired gin cocktails served in jam jars.
Numbers strictly limited. Please book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Tickets are £8/£6 (students) and include gin cocktails.