Book Club archive

Here's a list of previous books read by the Quiet Place Book Club

March 2018 - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - Americanah

Beyoncé loves her, so does Dior: but what makes Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie so powerful a contemporary writer? Might it be her displays of incisive cultural critique, of black and African feminism? Of race relations and identity politics in the US and Britain? Might it be her vibrant prose or fascinating characters? For our first book club book, we turn our gaze to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Americanah from 2014: a fascinating example of the contemporary global novel.

April 2018 - Fuchsia Dunlop - Shark's Fin and Sichuan Pepper: a sweet-sour memoir of eating in China

Our book for April is Shark's Fin and Sichuan Pepper: a sweet-sour memoir of eating in China, by Fuchsia Dunlop, a well-known English cook and critically-acclaimed cookery book writer, specialising in Chinese cuisine.

After more than 15 years travelling to and living in China, Dunlop not only brings us to the very heart of Chinese food and food ways, but also to a greater understanding of Chinese people’s relationship to food. 

Much more than a collection of food stories and recipes, this book - Dunlop’s culinary autobiography - is an insightful and entertaining journey, which ultimately addresses cultural acceptance and resistance of foreign food.

May 2018 - Neil Gaiman - Norse Mythology

Norse mythology – the myths and legends of the Vikings, in the Old Norse language – is one of world’s great mythologies. And Neil Gaiman is a best-selling, genre-defying author whose work has long been inspired by myths and folktales, not least in his breakthrough Sandman series and his landmark novel American Gods. Our book choice for May, therefore, gives us an opportunity both to sample and enjoy one of the world’s great mythologies, and also to think about how myths are being re-discovered and re-used in modern culture.

June 2018 - Eleanor Catton - The Rehearsal

This month at The Quiet Place Book Club we are reading The Rehearsal by New Zealand author, Eleanor Catton. Against the backdrop of a scandalous relationship between a high school student and her music teacher, The Rehearsal explores the fine lines between truth and performance, desire and exploitation. Innovative and dazzling, The Rehearsal shares the stylistic flair and penetrating insight that led Catton’s second novel, The Luminaries, to win the 2013 Man Booker Prize.