Well, all the votes are in and the group of books chosen for this year’s Summer School is ……
The Travelling Hornplayer ~ Barbara Trapido
Bel Canto ~ Ann Patchett
An Equal Music ~ Vikram Seth
This wasn’t actually my first choice but it was high on my list and I am really looking forward to having a water tight reason for re-reading three books that I very much enjoyed the first time round and am fairly sure that I will be able to get more out of on a second reading. For once, I don’t have to lead any of the meetings as I have had enough volunteers to introduce the books to be able to sit back and let other people get on with it, which will be a nice change.
The runner up was the group of books set in Edinburgh and I’ve had requests to put that on next year’s list as well, but the Science Fiction group, Brave New Worlds, wasn’t popular at all. That’s a shame as I would really have enjoyed discussing those novels and I suspect so would the other members of the School if they hadn’t been frightened by the idea of the genre. I may try and feed at least two of them into other groups next year, if I can think of something appropriate.
We are meeting rather earlier this year than usual, the second week in August. So come that week I shall probably be absent from the ether, but I will report back on all the discussions later in the month. Now I have to go and see if I kept any of the books I need when I was having my great cull. What do you bet that they all went to the charity shop?