The TV Book Club: Book One! (and some alternatives)

It’s that time of year again, when the nation unites for a country-wide book group, led by a host of famous faces.  On Sunday 29th January the TV Book Club gets underway with a discussion of the immensely popular “Before I Go to Sleep” by S.J. Watson; so popular that at the time of writing, over 30 of you are on the waiting list to read it!

But the good news is that we also have two e-audiobooks curerntly available for loan – so get in quick!

Alternatively, while you’re waiting you could borrow books which explore similar themes – here are three titles we enjoyed:

Eastern Standard Time by Cory Doctorow

Art is an up-and-coming interface designer, working on the management of data flow along the Massachusetts Turnpike. He’s doing the best work of his career and can guarantee that the system will be the most counterintuitive, user-hostile piece of software ever pushed forth into the world. Why? Because Art is an industrial saboteur.

The Housekeeper and the Professor byYoko Ogawa

He is a maths professor with a peculiar problem – ever since a head injury 17 years ago, he has lived with only 80 minutes of short-term memory. She is a housekeeper with a ten-year-old son, who is entrusted to take care of him. Each morning, as they are reintroduced to one another, a strange relationship blossoms between them.

Noah’s Compass by Anne Tyler

The story of a year in the life of Liam Pennywell, a man in his 61st year. A classical pedant, he’s just been ‘let go’ from his schoolteaching job and downsizes to a tiny out-of-town apartment. When he goes to bed early and alone on the first night, he wakes up in hospital unable to recall how he got there.


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