Thursday, 28 February 2008

FEBRUARY - Eat Pray Love - Discussion.

Welcome, come in! Glad you could make it to our first meeting!

I've had a bit of a funny morning - I wanted to bake an Italian cake, to make us all think of Liz's wonderful time in Rome, I was making Torta di Nocciole -

I put the hazelnuts in the Aga, then the phone rang! It was my best friend 'Gordon' - we had lovely girlie chat....then I smelt the familiar scent of Aga cremation - sorry chaps - I chatted so long the nuts were blackened bullets! I threw them out of the window to stop the smoke alarm going off! Can you spot them?

Well, must dash into the kitchen - and concoct something else....see you in a minute...

I think it's going to be OK - here have a slice of Espresso cake!

Now let's have a drink and a chat....

Thursday, 14 February 2008

Vote for the March read! - Winner - The Pagan Nun!

It's really thrilling that everyone is savouring Eat, Pray, Love, and we're looking forward to our discussion on the 28th...very excited to hear your thoughts.

I was so excited about us all reading together, that I hadn't planned how we would choose future reads!
I think the best way would be to take turns in suggesting a shortlist (in order of joining), and then the rest of us can vote for our favourite.

Jo chose Eat, Pray (brilliant choice, so I'm feeling the pressure!) so here is my shortlist for March -

Miss Pettigrew lives for a day - By Winifred Watson (published by Persephone) ISBN 190315510X

Miss Pettigrew is about a governess sent by an employment agency to the wrong address, where she encounters a glamorous night-club singer, Miss LaFosse. 'The sheer fun, the light-heartedness' in this wonderful 1938 book 'feels closer to a Fred Astaire film than anything else' comments the Preface-writer Henrietta Twycross-Martin, who found Miss Pettigrew for Persephone Books. The Guardian asked: 'Why has it taken more than half a century for this wonderful flight of humour to be rediscovered?' while the Daily Mail liked the book's message - 'that everyone, no matter how poor or prim or neglected, has a second chance to blossom in the world.' Maureen Lipman wrote in 'Books of the Year' in the Guardian: 'Perhaps the most pleasure has come from Persephone's enchanting reprints, particularly Miss Pettigrew, a fairy story set in 1930s London'; and she herself entertained R4 listeners with her five-part reading. And in The Shops India Knight called Miss Pettigrew 'the sweetest grown-up book in the world'.

Mister Pip - By Lloyd Jones (published by John Murray) ISBN 978-0-7195-6994-4

Isabel Allende described this books as "One of the best books of the year. Poetic, heartbreaking, surprising. Matilda is a young girl in Bouganville, a tropical isalnd where the horror of civil war lurks. Mr Watts, the only white person, is the self appointed teacher of the tiny school where the only textbook is Dickins' 'Great Expectations'. An extraordinary book."
This book won the 2007 Commonwealth Writers Prize and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

Confessions of a pagan nun - By Kate Horsley (published by Shambhala) ISBN1-57062-913-7

Cloistered in a stone cell at the monestry of Saint Brigit, a sixth century Irish nun secretly records the memories of her pagan youth, interrupting her transcribing of Augustine and Patrick. But disturbing events at the cloister keep intervening.
Library Journal called it "A beautifully written and thought provoking book".
I can't take the credit for choosing this one - Jo found this - so it comes with a good pedigree!

We look forward to seeing your votes

If you would like to choose - put your thinking caps on....and remember to choose cake and drinks!
Would you be happy to do -
April - Yolanda
May - Katie
June - Life as
July - Gordon's my tonic

If anyone else would like to join us, you are very welcome - leave a message in comments!

Saturday, 2 February 2008

February - Discussion day 28th Feb!

Our first book is 'Eat Pray Love' by Elizabeth Gilbert

Do join us for a virtual latte and cake to discuss what you thought of it ... looking forward to hearing your views!