Reviews

Books over Brunch. Sunday 10th April 2022. Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi

A novel of breathtaking sweep and emotional power that traces three hundred years in Ghana and along the way also becomes a truly great American novel. Extraordinary for its exquisite language, its implacable sorrow, its soaring beauty, and for its monumental portrait of the forces that shape families and nations, Homegoing heralds the arrival of …

Books over Brunch. Sunday 10th April 2022. Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi Read More »

Books over Brunch, The Subplot. Mr Loverman, Bernadine Evaristo. Sunday 27th March, 2022

Quietly trailblazing in its depiction of homosexuality in Britain’s elder Caribbean community, Evaristo’s sparkling, nuanced novel revolves around Barrington Walker and his struggle to admit his sexuality to his friends and loved ones. Compassionate and vibrant, Mr Loverman sings with humanity and the need to be true to your innermost feelings.

The Hanged Man of Conakry, by Jean-Christophe Rufin

Books over Brunch, Sunday 13th March , 2022. Smoothbean Cafe Jean-ChrisSomething has got Aurel Timescu’s attention: an unsolved and apparently unsolvable crime. A vacationer has been found hanged. And it is a crime that will go unpunished if Aurel isn’t ready for the fight of his life. Aurel Timescu’s French is tinged with a Romanian …

The Hanged Man of Conakry, by Jean-Christophe Rufin Read More »

The Plot, by Jean Hanff Korelitz.

Books over Brunch, Sunday February 13th, 2022. Smoothbean Cafe. Jacob Finch Bonner was once a promising young novelist with a respectably published first book. Today, he’s teaching in a third-rate MFA program and struggling to maintain what’s left of his self-respect; he hasn’t written–let alone published–anything decent in years. When Evan Parker, his most arrogant …

The Plot, by Jean Hanff Korelitz. Read More »

Books Over Brunch Subplot Event. Visit to Crystal Palace Based on the novel Ordinary People by Diana Evans. Meet at Crystal Palace station at 11am.

Special Event. The novel is set in Crystal Palace, for this event we’ll meet at the station and identify the places we want to visit in connection with the novel. South London, 2008. Two couples find themselves at a moment of reckoning, on the brink of acceptance or revolution. Melissa has a new baby and …

Books Over Brunch Subplot Event. Visit to Crystal Palace Based on the novel Ordinary People by Diana Evans. Meet at Crystal Palace station at 11am. Read More »

Books over Brunch. Sunday 21st November, 2021. 11am. The Absolutist by John Boyne

September 1919:20 year-old Tristan Sadler takes a train from London to Norwich to deliver some letters to Marian Bancroft. Tristan fought alongside Marian’s brother Will during the Great War but in 1917, Will laid down his guns on the battlefield, declared himself a conscientious objector and was shot as a traitor, an act which has …

Books over Brunch. Sunday 21st November, 2021. 11am. The Absolutist by John Boyne Read More »

Books Over Brunch the Subplot. 7th November. Persepolis.

Sunday 7th November, 11am 2021. Persepolis. A Graphic Novel by Marjane Satrapi. Persepolis is an autobiographical series of bande dessinées (French comics) by Marjane Satrapi that depicts her childhood up to her early adult years in Iran and Austria during and after the Islamic Revolution. The title Persepolis is a reference to the ancient capital …

Books Over Brunch the Subplot. 7th November. Persepolis. Read More »