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      July Supporter Giveaway   07/01/2019

      It's Christmas in July! The winner of the July Supporter giveaway will receive this beautiful Barnes & Noble edition of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, as well as a special Charles Dickens tea by  theliteraryteacompany.co.uk .   I've been keeping this book a secret for so long (I couldn't wait until Christmas!) It's actually from a really lovely independent bookshop in Hay-on-Wye, the town of books. I'm so glad I finally get to show you! The picture doesn't even do it justice. A nice feature that you can't see in this image - the page edges are gold and (an extra surprise for the winner) the back is just as beautiful as the front! We also now have twice as much tea as previous giveaways!  (Thank you Literary Tea Company!)   As always, supporters are automatically entered into the giveaway and a winner will be chosen at random at the end of the month. If you want to enter this giveaway but you aren't a supporter, you can join in here https://www.patreon.com/bookclubforum .   Good luck  

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  1. "Around The World" Reading Challenge!

    I did something very similar to this and bought around six of the books from it ready to get going about a year ago but they are ALL still languishing in my 'yet to read' pile. I will update when I have actually started one, although some on the list I have read already. Khaled Hosseini is a superb writer and I've enjoyed everything of his I've read
  2. The most disturbing work of fiction that you have ever read

    Although it wasn't a disturbing book on the whole, there was one incident in Apples by Richard Milward that I found absolutely chilling, in that no reference was made to it afterwards whatsoever, even though it was an unimaginably horrible thing to consider happening in real life. My only thought is that the author is quite young and so probably was trying to write to shock for the sake of it, or just thought it was funny. Has anyone read it and do they know which bit I'm talking about? (Don't want to give spoilers)
  3. Fyodor Dostoevsky

    I brought Crime and Punishment in a charity shop about a year ago and am yet to read it but definitely intend to at some stage (I have a HUGE 'still to read' pile.) I am interested in the subject, having written a little about UK prisons in my own work, and so am looking forward to it
  4. Ulysses by James Joyce

    I did once read this book right to the end and I can't say I'm glad I made the effort. I can't even really remember what it's about if I'm completely honest, but it reminded me of a supposedly legendary jazz saxophonist named Roscoe Mitchell I once saw perform at a festival - it just seemed like a random blur of notes to me, and this is the literary form of a random blur of notes. It's arguably quite well written but in terms of accessibility there's not even a hint... or maybe I'm just thick and don't get it
  5. What book should I read?

    Have you read 'Ready Player One'? I've not seen the film but I hear it's very different to the book, and I think you would like this one if you're into dystopian kinda books