Book Club Corner – October

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Welcome to our Book Club Corner, where each month we highlight books new to paperback we think would make perfect picks for your next book club discussion. If you’re looking to join a book club, we host a wide variety of free, bookseller-run book clubs right here at BookPeople. Join us! We love to talk books.


For October we are featuring a selection of small press gems, including from Honno UK, Birlinn Ltd, Barbican Press, and Rare Bird Books Lit.

After the Carnage by Tara June Winch

9780702254147Ten years after the much-acclaimed Swallow the Air, Tara June Winch returns with an extraordinary new collection of stories. A single mother resorts to extreme measures to protect her young son. A Namibian student undertakes a United Nations internship in the hope of a better future. A recently divorced man starts a running group with members of an online forum for recovering addicts. Ranging from New York to Istanbul, from Pakistan to Australia, these unforgettable stories chart the distances in their characters’ lives – whether they have grown apart from the ones they love, been displaced from their homeland, or are struggling to reconcile their dreams with reality.

Tara June Winch is an Australian writer based in France. She has written essay, short fiction and memoir forVogue, Vice, McSweeney’s, and various Australian publications and anthologies. Her first novel, Swallow the Air, was published in 2006 and won numerous literary awards, including the David Unaipon Award and a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award.

After the Carnage came out in paperback on October 1st, and is available to order from now!

Ghostbird by Carol Lovekin

9781909983397Someone needs to be forgiven. Someone needs to forgive. Nothing hurts like not knowing who you are. Nobody will tell Cadi anything about her father and her sister. Her mother Violet believes she can only cope with the past by never talking about it. Lili, Cadi’s aunt, is stuck in the middle, bound by a promise she shouldn’t have made. But this summer, Cadi is determined to find out the truth. In a world of hauntings and magic, in a village where it rains throughout August, as Cadi starts on her search the secrets and the ghosts begin to wake up. None of the Hopkins women will be able to escape them.

Carol Lovekin has Irish blood and a Welsh heart. She was born in Warwickshire and was educated at a downmarket version of St Trinian’s. She continues to be homeschooled. During her life she has worked as a cleaner, a freelance journalist, a counsellor, a legal secretary and a shop assistant.

Ghostbird came out in paperback on October 1st and is available to order from now!

Lie of the Land by Michael F. Russell

9781846973604For investigative journalist Carl Shewan, the Scottish coastal village of Inverlair is a picturesque cage. Imprisoned in this remote refuge by a technological catastrophe for which he feels partly responsible, Carl struggles to adapt to impending fatherhood and to a harsh new existence in an ancient landscape, until a childless gamekeeper offers him an alternative to guilt and alienation. Set in the near future, Lie of the Land examines the claustrophobia of small-town life and questions how far the state will go to preserve an orderly society, one in which ubiquitous surveillance has reduced human life to a virtual experience.

Michael F. Russell grew up on the Isle of Barra before leaving to study Social Sciences at the University of Glasgow, followed by a postgraduate diploma in Journalism Studies at the University of Strathclyde. He is deputy editor at the West Highland Free Press and writes occasionally for the Sunday Herald. His writing has appeared in Gutter, Northwords Now and Fractured West.

Lie of the Land came out in paperback on October 1st and is available to order from now!

Ectopia by Martin Goodman

9780956336422A dystopian novel from an award winning author, in the line of Brave New World and The Handmaid’s TaleEctopia takes place sixteen years into a baking world in which no more girls have been born. It’s set in London, in the flatlands around Heathrow. Planes don’t fly any more. Heathrow is now Cromozone, a genetic research station. The streets are run by teensquads, state-sponsored groups of boys. A lead runner among them is Steven, the gay twin of the last girl Karen. Their mother swells in size. Their Dad treats Karen as bait. He turns the house into a fortress and draws a teensquad into battle. Meanwhile a Council of Women is inventing an Eden, and aim to put Karen and Steven at the heart of it. Ectopia takes themes of gender, feminism, climate change, cloning, psychedelics, racism, and genetic modification and mixes them into a 21st Century Brave New World.

Martin Goodman has published ten books, nonfiction and fiction, and won several national awards. His writing draws on travel and work in China, Africa, Thailand. Saudi Arabia, Qatar, South America, and throughout Europe. After seven years in Santa Fe, New Mexico, he returned to the UK where he is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Hull.

Ectopia came out in paperback on October 1st and is available to order from now!

Outside In by Doug Cooper

9781945572012Winner of the 2014 International Book Award for Literary Fiction and the USA Book News Award, Doug Cooper’s debut novel explores the island community of Put-In-Bay, Ohio, thriving on alcohol, drugs, sexual experimentation, and any other means of forgetting responsibilities.

“A deep, entertaining read about all the truths that find us when we’re looking the other way.”
Jerry Stahl, author of Permanent Midnight

Doug Cooper has a BS in Mathematics Education from Miami University and an MA in American Studies from Saint Louis University. Always searching, he has traveled to over twenty countries on five continents, exploring the contradictions between what we believe and how we act in the pursuit of truth, beauty, and love.

Outside In comes out in paperback on October 11th and is available to pre-order from now!


Brit Bennett

Thursday, October 13th at 7pm

Speaking and Signing

A dazzling debut novel from an exciting new voice, The Mothers is a surprising story about young love, a big secret in a small community—and the things that ultimately haunt us most.

Set within a contemporary black community in Southern California, Brit Bennett’s mesmerizing first novel is an emotionally perceptive story about community, love, and ambition. It begins with a secret.

Born and raised in Southern California, Brit Bennett graduated from Stanford University and later earned her MFA in fiction at the University of Michigan, where she won a Hopwood Award in Graduate Short Fiction as well as the 2014 Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers. Her work is featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, and Jezebel.


The Aviation Cocktail

The Aviation Cocktail is a classic cocktail dating back to around 1916. I enjoyed my first one just a month ago at a gin tasting organized by some of my gin-loving friends (who knew gin was so diverse?!) If you want to try a little something different this autumn, I recommend you find a place that makes a good aviation, or try it out yourself (recipe below).

2 oz Gin
.5 oz Maraschino liqueur
.25 oz Crème de violette or Crème Yvette
.75 oz Lemon juice

1 Cherry or Lemon Twist (optional)
Glass: Cocktail

Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish if desired.


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