Notes:THIS EVENT WILL BE HELD ONLINE AND IN PERSON AT THE QFHS FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH CENTRE i.e. A HYBRID MEETING.
Let's read the book that's flying off the shelves in bookshops and libraries at the moment. What's making readers so cross/angry?
The book is part biography, part memoir, part feminist treatise and part counter-fiction.
In 2005 six letters from Eileen to her best friend, Norah Symes Myles, were discovered, which cover the period of Eileen’s marriage to George Orwell, from 1936 to 1945. Author Anna Funder wrestles with her passion for Orwell's work and what the letters reveal about his relationship with his first wife.
Penguin has put together some book club questions here
but of course there will be others as family historians that we will want to discuss e.g. the pitfalls of writing a biography, the lost art of letter writing, how much truth is revealed in letters etc.
Our book club is designed for family historians. We will read both fiction and non-fiction and share our opinions. Highbrow, lowbrow - we do not care as long as we are reading good writing and learning something along the way.
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