Monday, 25 January 2010

Links for the next meeting - Alice, Grimm, and Treasure Island

A few notes on the books for the next meeting:

A few notes for the books:

Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wikipedia

Alice - from a scientific point of view - article in The New Scientist

Grimm's Fairy Tales
Wikipedia on the context & history

Click on individual stories for development over time and analysis, e.g. this on Hansel & Gretel

Little Red Riding Hood re-imagined (video - warning, music quite loud)

Treasure Island
Again Wikipedia

& a study guide

See you on Wednesday!

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Channel 4's TV Book Club

Starting next week on Channel 4 and More4 is the newest version of a TV book show.

Coming out of the ashes of Richard and Judy's Book Club (it's got the same producer, Amanda Ross), the TV Book Club will use 5 different presenters to introduce readers to ten new paperbacks.

The presenters are:

Dave Spikey
Jo Brand
Gok Wan
Laila Rouass, &
Nathaniel Parker

The books are:

Sarah Waters - The Little Stranger
Belinda Bauer - Black Lands
Sarah Dunant - Sacred Hearts
Nick Hornby - Juliet, Naked
Abraham Verghese - Cutting For Stone
Liz Jensen - The Rapture
Roma Tearne - Brixton Beach
George Pelecanos - The Way Home
Wendy Moore - Wedlock, &
Matthew Quick - The Silver Linings Playbook

(This site is selling all of the books for £3.99 each)

It's on More4 on Sunday nights at 7.30, and Channel 4 on Monday lunchtimes (rather bafflingly - why not put it on on Sunday teatime? Or after T4?), and since it's on Channel 4 I'm hoping it'll be on YouTube too.

It's sponsored by SpecSavers - 'Enjoy a Good Read with SpecSavers' - which is quite clever.

Update - There's a feature on the show in the Guardian.