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Book Club
Book Club

Sun, 26 May

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Solar Sisters

Book Club

Monthly book club. Read this month’s book, join the club to share notes and have a relaxed discussion about what you thought :)

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Time & Location

26 May 2024, 14:00

Solar Sisters, 86 North St, Guildford GU1 4AU, UK

About the event

Sun May 26th: "Great Circle" by Maggie Shipstead

Spanning Prohibition-era Montana, the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, New Zealand, wartime London, and modern-day Los Angeles, Great Circle tells the unforgettable story of a daredevil female aviator determined to chart her own course in life, at any cost. After being rescued as infants from a sinking ocean liner in 1914, Marian and Jamie Graves are raised by their dissolute uncle in Missoula, Montana. There—after encountering a pair of barnstorming pilots passing through town in beat-up biplanes—Marian commences her lifelong love affair with flight. At fourteen she drops out of school and finds an unexpected and dangerous patron in a wealthy bootlegger who provides a plane and subsidizes her lessons, an arrangement that will haunt her for the rest of her life, even as it allows her to fulfill her destiny: circumnavigating the globe by flying over the North and South Poles. A century later, Hadley Baxter is cast to play Marian in a film that centers on Marian's disappearance in Antarctica. Vibrant, canny, disgusted with the claustrophobia of Hollywood, Hadley is eager to redefine herself after a romantic film franchise has imprisoned her in the grip of cult celebrity. Her immersion into the character of Marian unfolds, thrillingly, alongside Marian's own story, as the two women's fates—and their hunger for self-determination in vastly different geographies and times—collide. Epic and emotional, meticulously researched and gloriously told, Great Circle is a monumental work of art, and a tremendous leap forward for the prodigiously gifted Maggie Shipstead.

Upcoming Book Clubs

Sat March 30th: "A Monster Calls" by Patrick Ness

Sun April 28th: "The Glass Castle" by Jeanette Walls

Sun May 26th: "Great Circle" by Maggie Shipstead

Sun June 30th: "Antarctica" by Claire Keegan

Sun July 28th: "The Light Years" by Elizabeth Jane Howard 

Sun August 25th: "Lonely City" by Olivia Laing

Sun Sept 29th: "Prophet Song" by Paul Lynch

Sun Oct 27th: "Take My Hand" by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Sun Nov 24th: "The Lido" by Libby Page

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