Give the gift of the Backstory Fiction book club!
Choose between 3, 6, or 12 months and buy someone membership to our fiction book club, which meets monthly on Zoom. We'll post you a voucher to give them. Perfect for Christmas.
About the book club:
Each month, we read a different novel. A paperback copy of the book will be sent out about a month in advance, giving you plenty of time to read it.
Then we will all join the author on Zoom to discuss the book. It's a bit like any other book club, with the added advantage of quizzing the author herself.
So far we've been joined by Caleb Azumah Neslon, Rachel Yoder, Julia Armfield, and Rebecca Wait. See below for our upcoming line-up.
We will meet monthly, usually on Tuesday evenings (UK time). More events will be added soon.
NOVEMBER - Bobby Palmer, Isaac and the Egg
Tuesday 14th November, 8pm UK time
Heartbreaking and heart-stealing, this modern-day fable is an unforgettable novel about sorrow, joy, friendship and love. It is early. A young man stands on a bridge and lets out a heart-wrenching scream. From deep in the woods, something screams back. It sounds improbable. But this is how Isaac meets the egg.
The two are unlikely companions. But their chance encounter will transform Isaac's life in ways he cannot yet imagine. Maybe he will finally understand why he went there that morning. Maybe he will find a way to tell the truth. Sometimes, to get out of the woods, you have to go into them.
DECEMBER - Andrew O'Hagan, Mayflies
Tuesday 12th December, 8pm UK time
Everyone has a Tully Dawson: the friend who defines your life. In the summer of 1986, James and Tully ignite a friendship based on music, films and the rebel spirit.
With school over, they rush towards a magical weekend of youthful excess in Manchester played out against the greatest soundtrack ever recorded. And there a vow is made: to go at life differently. Thirty years on, the phone rings.
Tully has news.
We meet for a 60-minute Zoom each month, with roughly:
- 20 minutes discussing the book in small breakout groups, to replicate the feel of a traditional book group
- 20 minutes author interview by Rory or another member of the Backstory team
- 20 minutes Q&A with the author
The book club will regularly be asked to suggest future books to read.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What does the price include?
A paperback copy of the book and attendance at the book club event with the author of the book.
How much is delivery?
Local members can pick up the book for free each month from our shop in Balham. Just choose the 'pick up' option.
UK delivery is free, EU delivery is £6.95 a month and rest-of-world delivery is £9.95 a month.
When will I get my book?
Books are normally sent out about four weeks in advance of each meeting. If you subscribe closer to the meeting, your book will be sent out ASAP.
What if I just want to come to one meeting?
You can! Just choose the option for that meeting only, rather than buying a subscription. You can only make one-off purchases for the next meeting, so if you want to come to a future meeting, check back a month beforehand to book.
How long does my subscription last?
You can cancel anytime. Books are sent out a month in advance of the meeting; we cannot cancel a book that is already on its way, but will stop any subsequent books.
What if I've already got the book?
If you wouldn't like a second copy yourself, please feel free to give it to a friend or family member, or donate it to charity. Whatever you choose, you are still welcome to come to the discussion, of course. Unfortunately, it isn't possible to cancel individual copies as the administration would get far too complicated! We hope you understand.
What if I'm already a member of the non-fiction book club?
We are giving non-fiction book club members the option to join any one-off fiction book club session for just £5 (without the book) or for the price of the book (if you would like a copy). Just email us your request at firstname.lastname@example.org
The same arrangement applies for our fiction book club members looking to join one-off sessions of the non-fiction club.
I have another question
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