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Circle Cafe Book Club Tomorrow

Friday 7 March – 7.30pm
Circle Café, Northampton Jesus Centre
Next date on 11 April

We have been reading Martin Luther King by Godfrey Hodgson. Martin Luther King left an indelible mark on twentieth-century American history through his leadership of the non-violent civil rights campaigns of the 1950s and 1960s. The election of Barack Obama as America’s first black president in November 2008 has spawned a renewed interest in King’s role as an agent and prophet of political change in the United States. This book gives a fascinating insight into a remarkable man.

Our next book will be Cranford by Elizabeth Gatskell. Cranford depicts the lives and preoccupations of the inhabitants of a small village with the Industrial Revolution approaching. It is an exquisitely observed tragicomedy of human nature, told with great delicacy and affection.

If you would like to borrow a copy of either book to read, contact Tony Sanderson on 07740 853105.

For more details ask at the Info Desk, call 0845 166 8202 or go to facebook.com/CircleCafeBookClub.


November Book Club – Denisovich and Aitken

Friday 1 November – 7.30pm
Circle Café, Northampton Jesus Centre

Next on: 20 Dec

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.

Ask at the Info Desk for more details, or call 0845 166 8202 or visit facebook.com/CircleCafeBookClub.

Circle Café Book Club’s August Gathering

The NJC’s book club meets monthly and is organised Tony Sanderson, who writes this week’s post.

AT THE CIRCLE CAFE BOOK CLUB we provide a relaxed and friendly environment where people can both chat about a book we have been reading together or about anything we like. Some have just enjoyed spending the evening with us. Light refreshments are available.

We have been reading Hard Times by Charles Dickens. This is the only one of Dickens’ novels to be set in the North of England and it highlights the enormous gulf between the rich and the poor of the Industrial Revolution of the 1800s. This parallels the rise of the super rich in our day, in which ordinary people are suffering under austerity measures.

It is in Hard Times, set in fictitious Coketown, that the social and moral purpose of Dickens’ work is most evident. Openly ironic and satirical in its tone, Dickens savages the concept of human beings as being merely workers.

Our next book which will be available at the Book Club will be The Quickening Maze by Adam Foulds. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2009 it is the first of two books we are reading about Northamptonshire’s famous poet John Clare.

After a lifetime’s struggle with alcohol, critical neglect and depression, in 1840 the nature poet John Clare is incarcerated. The asylum, in London’s Epping Forest, is run on the reformist principles of occupational therapy. At the same time, the young Alfred Tennyson, moves nearby and becomes entangled in the life of the asylum.
This historically accurate and intensely lyrical novel describes the asylum’s closed world and Nature’s paradise outside the walls: Clare’s dream of home, of redemption, of escape.

If you would like to borrow a copy of either book to read contact Tony Sanderson on 07740 853105.

The next Circle Café Book Club is on Friday 31st Aug, 2012 from 7.30pm in the Northampton Jesus Centre’s Circle Café.

2012 dates: October 5th, November 9th and December 21st

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