Gary BROOKS

A Novel Idea – Tuesday 5th July

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell 

(suggested by the Silcocks).

Please join us on ZOOM, details below.

England, 1580: The Black Death creeps across the land, an ever-present threat, infecting the healthy, the sick, the old and the young alike. The end of days is near, but life always goes on. A young Latin tutor—penniless and bullied by a violent father—falls in love with an extraordinary, eccentric young woman. Agnes is a wild creature who walks her family’s land with a falcon on her glove and is known throughout the countryside for her unusual gifts as a healer, understanding plants and potions better than she does people. Once she settles with her husband on Henley Street in Stratford-upon-Avon, she becomes a fiercely protective mother and a steadfast, centrifugal force in the life of her young husband, whose career on the London stage is just taking off when his beloved young son succumbs to sudden fever. 

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A Novel Idea – Tuesday 9th August

The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini

(suggested by Norma Brooks) 

Please join us on ZOOM, details below.

The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies.

A sweeping story of family, love, and friendship told against the devastating backdrop of the history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years, The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful novel that has become a beloved, one-of-a-kind classic.

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A Novel Idea – Tuesday 6th September

Red Dust Road by Jackie Kay

(suggested by Emma Law) 

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Taking the reader from Glasgow to Lagos and beyond, Red Dust Road is a heart-stopping memoir, a story of parents and siblings, friends and strangers, belonging and beliefs, biology and destiny.

With an introduction by the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon.

From the moment when, as a little girl, she realizes that her skin is a different colour from that of her beloved mum and dad, to the tracing and finding of her birth parents, her Highland mother and Nigerian father, Jackie Kay’s journey in Red Dust Road is one of unexpected twists, turns and deep emotions. In a book remarkable for its warmth and candour, she discovers that inheritance is about much more than genes: that we are shaped by songs as much as by cells, and that what triumphs, ultimately, is love.

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Quiz Nights: 18.30 hrs, Wednesdays 14th and 28th September

Hosted by Claire, the Virtual Pub Quizzes have become a regular fun event and currently takes place on a bi-weekly basis on Wednesday evenings at 18.30h and lasting about 45 minutes to 1 hour max. There are regularly around 20 participants who enjoy, not just the quiz, but also meeting up and chatting.

Widen your horizons! eg When did Switzerland join the UN? 1952 or 1972 or 2002?

Name these actors and actresses.

You never know when you need to have that fact ready to drop into the conversation and impress everyone or to kill the conversation or maybe both!!

For this pub quiz you will need:
Paper,PenDrinks & Snacks (to make it feel like a pub)You will also need a computer, tablet or smartphone, that has a video camera installed and speakers and/or headphones. This will use the Zoom video calling software. To do this you will need to download the Zoom app.

You can use the link below for ZOOM CLIENT FOR MEETINGS in advance it will take you through to a page to help you download the software needed. The URL to download the ZOOM Software to your laptop or Mac is

https://zoom.us/download#client_4meeting

LOGIN DETAILS: Login details will be emailed to registered quiz members on the day of the quiz. These details include a MEETING ID and a PASSWORD which should be entered when joining the quiz. You may be asked to wait in a ZOOM Waiting Room before being allowed in by the quiz administrator, who will have been advised that you are there.

To register for the quiz, please email Henley at bbcpubquizclub@gmail.com with a copy to Claire at eventorgcs@bordeauxbritish.com
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A Novel Idea – Tuesday 4th October

The Promise by Damon Galgut

(suggested by The Silcocks) 

Please join us on ZOOM, details below.

The Promise charts the crash and burn of a white South African family, living on a farm outside Pretoria. The Swarts are gathering for Ma’s funeral. The younger generation, Anton and Amor, detest everything the family stand for — not least the failed promise to the Black woman who has worked for them her whole life. After years of service, Salome was promised her own house, her own land… yet somehow, as each decade passes, that promise remains unfulfilled.

The narrator’s eye shifts and blinks: moving fluidly between characters, flying into their dreams; deliciously lethal in its observation. And as the country moves from old deep divisions to its new so-called fairer society, the lost promise of more than just one family hovers behind the novel’s title.

In this story of a diminished family, sharp and tender emotional truths hit home. Confident, deft and quietly powerful, The Promise is literary fiction at its finest.

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