We’re taking a different approach with the senior book club this year and instead of the group reading the same book, our monthly reads revolve around particular themes. This gives individual readers more autonomy over what they read and provides an opportunity to explore how themes are expressed across a variety of texts and how characters and plots are influenced by context. It also gives students an opportunity to share recommendations with each other and discover new books as recommended by their peers.
The theme this month was Historical Fiction and book club members read a range of titles including Fatherland by Robert Harris and The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris. We discussed the eras portrayed in each of the books and how well the author evoked a sense of time and place; the fidelity to the events, social structures and politics of the time periods in question; the characters and whether their behaviours and attitudes were typical of the time; and whether we learned anything new through our reading. It was a thoroughly enjoyable discussion and our next theme is Science Fiction & Dystopia.
Our Senior Book Club met last week to discuss their January read which was Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall.
This month the title they have chosen is;
THE AWARD WINNING, INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER THE CHOICE BY EDITH EDGER
‘The Choice is a gift to humanity. One of those rare and eternal stories that you don’t want to end and that leave you forever changed’ DESMOND TUTU, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
In 1944, sixteen-year-old Edith Eger was sent to Auschwitz. There she endured unimaginable experiences, including being made to dance for the infamous Josef Mengele. Over the coming months, Edith’s bravery helped her sister to survive, and led to her bunkmates rescuing her during a death march. When their camp was finally liberated, Edith was pulled from a pile of bodies, barely alive.
In The Choice, Dr Edith Eger shares her experience of the Holocaust and the remarkable stories of those she has helped ever since. Today, she is an internationally acclaimed psychologist whose patients include survivors of abuse and soldiers suffering from PTSD. She explains how many of us live within a mind that has become a prison, and shows how freedom becomes possible once we confront our suffering.
Like Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning, but exceptional in its own right, The Choice is life changing. Warm, compassionate and infinitely wise, it is a profound examination of the human spirit, and our capacity to heal.
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