Warrawong BookTalk

aliceFor our February 4th meeting the group discussed Charles Dickens’ ‘The Pickwick Papers’.

Not our best book – In fact only one of us finished it! (big round of applause)

This was a very tricky book, and in retrospect perhaps a little heavy to be tacking over the Christmas holidays. Many of us didn’t give it a rating, due to not finishing it, but those who did finish it averaged a rating of 5.

Our next book will be discussed on Monday March 4th, and will be ‘Still Alice’ by Lisa Genova. Our group is a little nervous about this confronting book – the story of an independant, intelligent woman who begins to suffer from early onset alzheimers.

If you would like to join us for this discussion, new members are always welcome. Please see the staff at Warrawong library or phone 42 278133 for more details.


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  1. Hello

    I have been searching online for book groups which have read The Pickwick Papers, and I was sorry to see that you did not seem to enjoy the experience! I am wondering, though, whether I could bring another book to your attention – specifically, my own first novel, Death and Mr Pickwick, which will be published in May by Random House (in the UK) and in June by Farrar, Straus & Giroux (in the USA). This novel tells the story of the origins and history of The Pickwick Papers – and in my view, The Pickwick Papers has the most fascinating backstory of any work of fiction I have encountered. My novel does not require any previous knowledge of The Pickwick Papers – but if you have read Dickens’s book, I think my own book will deepen your understanding of how The Pickwick Papers emerged and became such an extraordinary success. Indeed, as your group is based in Australia, you might be particularly interested in my novel’s Australian angle – because one section follows the life of the nineteenth-century writer Charles Whitehead, who turned down the opportunity of writing The Pickwick Papers, and ended his days in Melbourne.

    Further information about Death and Mr Pickwick can be found at:

    Best wishes

    Stephen Jarvis

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