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Friday 1 November – 7.30pm
Circle Café, Northampton Jesus Centre
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We have been reading One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn.
Though twice-decorated for his service at the front during the Second World War, Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008) was arrested in 1945 for making derogatory remarks about Stalin, and sent to a series of brutal Soviet labour camps in the Arctic Circle, where he remained for eight years. Released after Stalin’s death, he worked as a teacher, publishing his novel One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich in 1962, to huge success. Later works were not as well-received by Soviet authorities, and not long after being awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1970, Solzhenitsyn was deported from the USSR. He returned to Russia in 1994.
Our next book, which will be available at the Book Club, will be Pride and Perjury by Johnathan Aitken. Jonathan tells the story of how he fell from being Chief Lord of the Treasury to being accused of pimping, arms dealing and corruption and then committing perjury when lying under oath in a libel trial. He also describes the intense and dramatic events behind his failed libel action and his subsequent trial for perjury and attempting to pervert the course of justice.
Aitken’s fall from grace was the greatest personal catastrophe for a public figure since the trials of Oscar Wilde – a living hell including bankruptcy, divorce and a prison sentence. With insight and with elegance Pride and Perjury is a moving and compelling account of a fallen politician’s penitence and delves into the darker side of human nature. It is also an inspiring message of hope and redemption, as he describes his new-found faith in God.
If you would like to borrow a copy of either book to read, contact Tony Sanderson on 07740 853105.