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Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

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April 2012 – Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens

In tracing the parish boy’s progress, Dickens did not write a topical satire on the workhouse system and the role of the 1834 New Poor Law in fostering criminality, he created a story about the survival of good, and the exploitation of violence.

 

 

Guernica, by Dave Boling

Guernica, by Dave Boling

September 2011 – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey

Chief Bromden, half American-Indian, whom the authorities believe is deaf and dumb, tells the story of a mental instituion ruled by Big Nurse on behalf of the all-powerful Combine. Into this terrifying grey world comes McMurphy, a brawling gambling man, who wages total war on behalf of his cowed fellow-inmates. What follows is at once hiilarious and heroic, tragic and ultimately liberating.

Northern Lights, by Philip Pullman

Northern Lights, by Philip Pullman

August 2011 – Northern Lights, by Philip Pullman

Join us as we enter Pullman’s fantasy world Northern Lights, where demons swoop and scuttle along the streets of London and Oxford, where the mysterious Dust swirls invisibly through the air, and where only one child knows secrets the adults would kill for.

Jack and Jill, by Lucy Cavendish

July 2011 – Jack and Jill, by Lucy Cavendish

Jack and Jill is the disturbing tale of a small boy Jack and his devoted sister. Nobody has ever heard Jack speak, except Jill. They communicate in a secret language that nobody can understand.

Guernica, by Dave Boling

Guernica, by Dave Boling

June 2011 – Guernica, by Dave Boling

After his mother dies in childbirth, and his father swiftly follows with a mortally broken heart, Justo Ansotegui is left with the enormity of looking after his two younger brothers and running the farm in the Basque community of Guernica.

The Gunslinger, by Stephen King

The Gunslinger, by Stephen King

May 2011 – The Gunslinger, by Stephen King

The Gunslinger is the first in a series of six books in Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series. Begun during Stephen King’s college years, The Gunslinger was completed over a period of twelve years of intermittent work, during which Stephen King published his early novels and became known as one of the best selling authors of all time.

Gonzo: A Graphic Biography of Hunter S. Thompson

Gonzo: A Graphic Biography of Hunter S. Thompson

April 2011 – Gonzo: A Graphic Biography of Hunter S. Thompson

We like to discuss a varied range of books here in the virtual book club. This month we are celebrating comics and the rise of the graphic novel. April’s read is Gonzo: A graphic biography of Hunter S Thompson. If you are new to graphic novels don’t close the page, give this one a go. We would love to know what you think.

One Day, by David Nicholls

One Day, by David Nicholls

February 2011 – One Day, by David Nicholls

An amazing romantic read and best seller. It describes a day in July when Emma and Dexter meet for the first time on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways. The book follows them on this one day next year. And the year after that. And every year that follows…

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