Give the gift of the Backstory Non-fiction book club!
Choose between 3, 6, or 12 months and buy someone membership to our non-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 non-fiction book. A paperback copy of the book will be sent out about a month in advance, giving you plenty of time to read them.
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.
Recent authors have included Patrick Radden Keefe, Sathnam Sanghera, Katherine Rundell, Sam Knight, Andrea Elliott, Lea Ypi, Cal Flyn and Barbara Demick.
We meet monthly, usually on Tuesday evenings (UK time). More events will be added soon.
NOVEMBER - Christina Lamb, Our Bodies, Their Battlefield
Tuesday 21st November, 8pm UK time
Christina Lamb has worked in war and combat zones for over thirty years. In Our Bodies, Their Battlefield she gives voice to the women of conflicts, exposing how in today's warfare, rape is used by armies, terrorists and militias as a weapon to humiliate, oppress and carry out ethnic cleansing. Speaking to survivors first-hand, Lamb encounters the suffering and bravery of women in war and meets those fighting for justice, from Southeast Asia where 'comfort women' were enslaved by the Japanese during World War Two to the Rwandan genocide, when an estimated quarter of a million women were raped, to the Yazidi women and children of today who witnessed the mass murder of their families before being enslaved by ISIS.
Along the way Lamb uncovers incredible stories of heroism and resistance, including the Bosnian women who have hunted down more than a hundred war criminals, the Aleppo beekeeper rescuing Yazidis and the Congolese doctor who has risked his life to treat more rape victims than anyone else on earth.
We met 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 Tom 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 fiction book club?
We are giving fiction book club members the option to join any one-off non-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 email@example.com
The same arrangement applies for our non-fiction book club members looking to join one-off sessions of the fiction club.
I have another question
Please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org