We are delighted to announce that Neil Humphrey will be in the bookshop Friday morning, 16th December to sign (and sell) his latest book.
It's an extremely funny read and had us crying with laughter.
The perfect present for Christmas!
FRIDAY 16TH DECEMBER
Staff Favourite for December
At St Mary's Institute of Historical Research, the historians don't just study the past, they revisit it. Behind the strait-laced facade of a conventional academic institution, the secret of time travel is being used for ground-breaking and daring historical research taking the historians on a roller-coaster ride through history.
FRIDAY BOOK GROUP UPDATE
Next Book Discussion
Thursday, 15th December
when the group meets to talk about
'The Narrow Road to the Deep North'
by Richard Flanagan.
Eileen is an incongruously captivating character. She meets her readers slap in the face dead on because of her extremely wrenching self-portrait. Eileen, of Ottessa Moshfegh’s eponymous novel, is utterly self-conscious, ugly, filthy, miserable and warped.
This 24 year old lives loudly in her head and tells us this intriguing story from a perspective 30 years down the line. All the guilty parties appear here: grossly alcoholic parents, incest, horrific police and, when you throw in a setting inside a juvenile prison, you’ve got a perfect dystopia. Moshfegh’s humorous but weird use of extremes creates an almost gimmicky but palpable world. Eileen tells her story in an funny awful manner; she is broken but loudly alive enough to capture the reader.
Group's Review of 'Eileen'
Moshfegh’s clever writing extends Eileen’s self-loathing to deadpan accurate portraits of coworkers and appalling domestic filth. So why is all this misery and disgust appealing? It is because the inner Eileen makes her grossness and warped so believable. It’s a tragedy laced with details so loathsome that they’re funny. The perverse becomes appealing and we root for Eileen to escape.
The actual story isn’t as beguiling as Eileen herself. After an oddly gorgeous woman drops into the story, the seduction of Eileen’s wits begin and the reader is irresistibly ensnared. This psychological thriller glues the reader to the page and towards the horrific and shocking ending.
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