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Rowena Vaughan
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Book Club review

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The Power by Naomi Alderman
If women had power - physical power, the power to zap someone with a bolt of electricity generated from their own body how would the dynamics between the sexes change?  This happens suddenly, one day young women/girls are able to zap someone, their power em...

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A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian: A Novel by Marina Lewycka
Review to come Next Book The Power by Niaomi Alderman Next meeting Friday 2 June at  72 Kingwood Road

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Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Hard to describe a book where the terseness of prose  is mixed with fantasy of flitting from place to place through amorphous black doors enable refugees to 'arrive' in another country.  This book cleverly and clearly brings the reader the slowly emerging  ...

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House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
Lily Bart, a well born, beautiful, educated but impoverished woman, living in New York's high society around the turn of the century, where the one aim in a woman's life is to 'snare' a husband, preferably a rich one.  As her 29th year approaches her prospe...

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Book club review of Rabbit by John Updike

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Rabbit by John Updike
Not an American dystopian novel but and American dystopian life.  The book depicts 3 months in the life of a 26 year old former high school basketball player, Harry 'Rabbit' Angstrom, in a loveless marriage, boring job and his attempts to escape this life o...

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Do read this book - scored very highly with my book club - see review

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A Woman in Berlin by Anonymous
Written in diary form our author simply describes the events as Berlin falls to the Russians nearing the end of the war.  The impact on the civilian population left in the city (mainly women, children and older people).  In this harsh environment where food...

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Dissolution by CJ Samson
A medieval who dun'it.  Set during the dissolution of the monasteries, after Henry VIII split the English Church from Rome.  The historical detail is fascinating and in the light of Brexit shows that nothing is forever and everything can be broken down and ...
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