Jonathan Coe on “What A Carve Up!”

November 22, 2014 Leave a comment

WhatACarveUpI know that we have several Coe fans in our group. If they haven’t already heard it, they might like to check out the interview that he did with James Naughtie for Radio 4’s “Book Club”. They discuss “What A Carve Up”, with topics including the inspiration (dislike of the 80’s; love of Spitting Image) and Coe’s interest in experimental forms for novel-writing.

The interview is saved for posterity on the BBC podcast page and is only one of many discussions that link to authors wot we have read. Interesting stuff.

Here’s the link – recordings are in date order so you will need to scroll down to the programme for 1st April 2007:

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World Book Night

February 20, 2012 Leave a comment

Our group have once again been successful in their applications to give away books on World Book Night. This year that will be on 23rd April 2012.

Jade will be giving away Pride and Prejudice at the Ritz Cinema, Belper

Hilary will be giving away A Tale of Two Cities

Maddie will be giving away Touching the Void at the Talbot in Ripley

John will be giving away The Damned United.

 Well done everyone!



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Donald Crowhurst

November 8, 2011 3 comments

For those of you who are interested by the story of Donald Crowhurst, who is featured in The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim by Jonathan Coe, there is a wonderful film documenting the 1968 round the world yacht race free to view (in 10 minute chunks) on youtube, or less than £5 on Amazon.

Deep Water 2006 Part 1
you can find the links to other parts on this page.

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More Dracula

October 21, 2011 1 comment

In the original edition of Dracula Bram Stoker’s projected first chapter was scrapped by the publisher, to reduce the length of the manuscript. Later published as a short story, it has been reinstated in some modern editions. Failing that you may read The Guest here.

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read Dracula again when it’s only been two years since the last time but, checking out my own review, it turns out I enjoyed it very much. Better get my finger out if I’m going to get it read in time for the classics meeting…

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Belper Book Chat night out with the Woman in White

September 23, 2011 1 comment

A few of us went to see the Nicola Boyce adaptation of Woman in White by Wilkie Collins last night at Derby Playhouse. Here are some photos.

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Wonderful blog

September 16, 2011 Leave a comment


A friend is going through the tortuous process of getting her first novel printed. She has done really well and been signed up by a literary agent who is endeavouring to get a publisher on board in this  risk-averse time.  She is writing a blog to promote her book and I think it is great. It really has strong aesthetic appeal and gives an insight into the mountain that talented new writers have to climb.  Please have a look.

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Reading in the Dark

August 15, 2011 4 comments

Anybody else experience this last night? Reading by candlelight when two and a half thousand Belper residents lost their power supply. Thought it might prove atmospheric, but in the event just damned inconvenient!

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