Pall Mall Book Club

Pall Mall Book Club

Currently the Pall Mall Book Club continues to hold ‘virtual’ meetings by Zoom at 6.30pm on the first Monday of every month (except bank holidays, then following Monday). The discussion usually lasts 60-90 minutes. It is not necessary to book in advance and members are welcome to join at any point in the proceedings.

Hosted by Club Librarian, Trevor Dunmore, the PM Book Club has discussed a wide variety of books over the last ten years. The general theme is to concentrate on contemporary (and occasionally classic) works of fiction, with biographies occasionally entering the mix. A member is welcome to put forward his/her own suggestion and then host that evening.

For any further information about the schedule or the selected books please contact Trevor, 020 77474 3398 or email: trevord@royalautomobileclub.co.uk

For general administrative enquiries, please contact the Committees’ Events Manager: Karolina Delig: karolina.delig@royalautomobileclub.co.uk

Book Club Schedule for July-December 2021

Monday 5  July, 6.30pm. Zoom. The Plague Letters (V. L. Valentine)
London, 1665. Hidden within the growing pile of corpses in his churchyard, Rector Symon Patrick discovers a victim of the pestilence unlike any he has seen before: a young woman with a shorn head, covered in burns, and with pieces of twine delicately tied around each wrist and ankle. Desperate to discover the culprit, Symon joins a society of eccentric medical men who have gathered to find a cure for the plague.

Monday 2 August, 6.30pm. The Terrace. Great Circle (Maggie Shipstead)
From the night she is rescued as a baby out of the flames of a sinking ship; to the day she joins a pair of daredevil pilots looping and diving over the rugged forests of her childhood, to the thrill of flying Spitfires during the war, the life of Marian Graves has always been marked by a lust for freedom and danger. In 1950, she embarks on the great circle flight, circumnavigating the globe. It is Marian’s life dream and her final journey before she disappears without a trace.

Monday 6 September, 6.30pm. Zoom. The Woman in the White Kimono (Ana Johns)
Japan, 1957. Seventeen-year-old Naoko Nakamura’s prearranged marriage secures her family’s status in their traditional Japanese community. However, Naoko has fallen for an American sailor and to marry him would bring great shame upon her entire family. When it’s learned Naoko carries the sailor’s child, she’s cast out in disgrace and forced to make unimaginable choices with consequences that will ripple across generations.

Monday 4 October, 6.30pm. Zoom. Beloved (Toni Morrison)
It is the mid-1800s and as slavery looks to be coming to an end, Sethe is haunted by the violent trauma it wrought on her former enslaved life at Sweet Home, Kentucky. Her dead baby daughter, whose tombstone bears the single word, Beloved, returns as a spectre to punish her mother, but also to elicit her love. Told with heart-stopping clarity, melding horror and beauty, Beloved is Toni Morrison’s enduring masterpiece.

Monday 1 November, 6.30pm. Zoom. House of Names (Colm Tóibín)
On the day of his daughter’s wedding, Agamemnon orders her sacrifice. His daughter is led to her death, and Agamemnon leads his army into battle, where he is rewarded with glorious victory. Three years later, he returns home, and his murderous action has set the entire family – mother, brother, sister – on a path of intimate violence, as they enter a world of hushed commands and soundless journeys through the palace’s dungeons and bedchambers.

Monday 6 December, 6.30pm. Zoom. The Girl Who Died (Ragnar Jónasson)
So when she sees an advert seeking a teacher for two girls in the tiny village of Skálar – population of ten – on the storm-battered north coast of the island, she sees it as a chance to escape. But once she arrives, Una quickly realises nothing in city life has prepared her for this.

Meetings are being held via Zoom while Covid-19 restrictions are still in place. Details of how to join will be sent out shortly before the month’s meeting. In due course we hope to revert to meetings being held in the library once again.