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January book club - Everyone Brave is Forgiven

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CariGransnet (GNHQ) Wed 21-Dec-16 14:49:27

Looking ahead slightly (but hopefully copies of the above winging their way to our winners shortly)...

Our January book club choice is Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave (more details here). If you got a free copy please make sure you leave your comments and questions on this thread by the end of January. If you didn't win a copy this time but are reading it anyway, do feel free to join the discussion and add any questions for Chris.

Oldbat1 Sat 24-Dec-16 17:34:50

Looks like a good read.

matson Thu 05-Jan-17 14:24:47

Thank you I received a copy today .

Marion6 Thu 05-Jan-17 14:34:12

It's just arrived. I'm looking forward to reading it.

Happygran65 Thu 05-Jan-17 19:30:41

I received a copy this afternoon. Thank you very much, I shall enjoy reading it.

Gagagran Thu 05-Jan-17 19:32:40

Postman brought me a copy today too. Looks as if it will be a good read. Thank you GN - a real treat to get a brand new book.

janiceanne Thu 05-Jan-17 21:35:19

Thank you. I received a copy of the book today. Looks like an interesting read. Looking forward to making a start on it.

mumofmadboys Thu 05-Jan-17 23:56:09

Thanks very much. One arrived for me this afternoon too.

rocketstop Fri 06-Jan-17 10:27:06

Thank you, the book arrived today and I am looking forward to starting it !

Purpledaffodil Fri 06-Jan-17 10:40:26

Just opened parcel. Thank you GN. Lovely displacement activity on a frosty day. smile

merlotgran Fri 06-Jan-17 12:11:09

Book has just arrived. Many thanks.

Afternoon by the fire awaits!

LadyGracie Fri 06-Jan-17 12:38:21

I still can't understand how to win a book

gillyknits Fri 06-Jan-17 13:24:29

My copy arrived today and I can't wait to read it. Thank you!

ginnie Fri 06-Jan-17 16:44:15

My copy arrived yesterday. I can't wait to start reading it! Thank you.

Swanny Sun 08-Jan-17 21:34:27

I too received a copy during the week, thank you. I read a few pages yesterday and about 300 today! Had to put it to one side as I don't want to get to the end yet ...

jacksmum Sun 08-Jan-17 21:46:56

Hi i have recently joined "gransnet" and would like to join your book club please, how do i go about joining please?

Jalima Sun 08-Jan-17 21:51:09

jacksmum when you find out please let me know - I appear to have missed it again this month!! smile

Jalima Sun 08-Jan-17 21:53:58

LadyGracie I have belonged to GN for a while now and still haven't worked it out

It seems to be a well-kept secret

Apparently there wouldn't be one in December but there was Cartes Postale from Greece ...

Swanny Sun 08-Jan-17 22:11:55

Jalima LadyGracie watch for the post from Gransnet outlining the next month's book, complete the entry form with your GN details then keep your fingers crossed in case a copy drops through your letterbox! I believe it's a random draw so not everyone who applies will win a copy.

CariGransnet (GNHQ) Mon 09-Jan-17 09:57:29

Yes for those who asked...when we launch the book club giveaway it's usually midway through the month before. It goes on the home page and the books index and in the newsletter too so plenty of places to spot it.

Meanwhile v much looking forward to hearing your thoughts and questions on this book - hope you love it as much as I did

rocketstop Thu 12-Jan-17 17:59:33

Well, what to say about this book..
I have never read any of the author's books before (Sorry Chris !) I don't know why that is.However it made me be able to read with a completely open mind, not having any previous book to compare it with.
At first I found the brittle cut glass accents of Mary and Hilda and then Tom quite irritating and thought they would get on my nerves, but in fact, they were interweaved with such self deprecating humour that I grew to like not only the'Sound' of their voices, but the owners of the voices too.

I liked the dark humour particularly displayed in times of extreme hardship by Alistair and Simenson, the banter between them in times of inexplicable misery had as sparkle all of it's own and it is a credit to the author to be able to do this without it seeming crass.
I struggled a bit with the racism aspects, but I guess that is how it was then and would cause a stir but liked that Mary did as she wanted, defying convention.
Without wanting to giveaway too much of the story, as I'm aware other Gransnetters may not have finished it yet, I'm glad it ended as it did with an amount of uncertainty.I would like to ask Chris if he always had this ending in mind or if the story led him there ? I think it was more satisfying left as it was as life does not fit into neat little boxes where everyone lives happily ever after, I think the book would have lost something if it was such a tidy ending.
I know Chris, that you based it on real events and experiences and I think you did a good service to the memory of the people who served on Malta and the people who tried to be business as usual in England.
I really did enjoy it and think it would make a good film !
Thanks Chris for an intricate read .

matson Thu 12-Jan-17 19:17:26

Chris Cleave takes the stoism and stiff upper lip of the English people and peppers it with dark humour, sadness and love. A deeply compelling read and beautifully written.
The authors notes at the end where very helpful in understanding the reasons he wrote the novel. Thank you.

LadyGracie Thu 12-Jan-17 21:33:22

I'll look everyday for February's from now on! If I remember

Swanny Sat 14-Jan-17 16:00:03

I'm glad I waited a few days before reading the final chapters of the book, it helped me appreciate the changes in the characters during the time span of events.

I felt the main characters were depicted so well that I instantly knew them. The way they kept the stiff upper lip that had been cultivated since nursery days and bandied humour about to cover their deep insecurities, grief and inadequacies, yet were able to express compassion, was beautifully handled.

I hadn't previously thought about evacuation or otherwise of children who needed extra help at that time and felt thoroughly ashamed of myself. I admired the resilience of young Zachary and hoped he found a happy future.

I noticed a subtle change in the prose leading up to a calamity. Whether this was intentional or not I don't know but it did make me wonder if authors are affected by the planned demise of a character after they've put the meat on the plot outline.

Overall this was an enjoyable read with interesting characters and an unusual setting. A bit too wordy for me at times but the plot made me think, and I like that in a book.

Happygran65 Sun 15-Jan-17 20:35:01

This is the best book that I have read in a long time. I couldn't wait to get to the end so that I could find out what happened, but when i did it left me wanting to know more.

Throughout the book I felt that I understood how each of the characters were feeling and why they took the actions that they did. I also learnt a lot about certain aspects of the war of which I was unaware.

This was a thoroughly enjoyable read and I recommend it all Gransnetters. Read this book and you will not be disappointed.