This month, we took the liberty of visiting a “real-life” book club for an evening of tea, homemade lemon cake fresh from the oven, wine and camaraderie. We even managed to discuss Alison Moore’s The Lighthouse in the process.
This Wellington-based club meet every month and have been going for 10 years. Their only condition is they choose a book no one in the club has read before. Not quite as easy as it sounds… even at the close of the evening I attended, several books were proposed and rejected, before Hilary Mantel’s epic A Place of Greater Safety was agreed on for the long Christmas break.
The book club members discussing The Lighthouse are:
Kathryn Carmody (favourite book: Cold Comfort Farm, by Stella Gibbons)
Caroline Speight-Moore (The Forrests, by Emily Perkins)
Kate Naysmith (Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell)
Brownyn Bannister (Possession, by AS Byatt)
Maree Spencer (Black Swan Green, by David Mitchell)
Alison Stevenson (Saturday, by Ian McEwan)
You can find a link to the club’s Good Reads page here, but as a heads-up recent favourite books have included The Hare with Amber Eyes, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.
This is the final Listener Book Club dispatch on The Lighthouse – on Friday we kick off our discussion of November’s choice, The Phoenix Song, with an interview with its author, John Sinclair.