Book of the Month

Ref: C2345662

The group will discuss seven well-known books, looking at how the author portrayed narrative, style, language, plot, characterisation and meaning. Books are supplied by the library service. We read one book per month The first session in October will discuss - Beloved by Toni Morison. It will help if you can read this over the summer. The Library service has copies. All subsequent books will be available on loan from the library. Members are expected to read one book per month for discussion at the next class. Books will be critiqued in class by group and whole-class discussion, guided by the teacher. Following this (not necessarily in order) we will read. Swift, Graham. Mothering Sunday: a romance Packham, Chris. Fingers in the sparkle Drabble, Margaret. The dark flood rises Forster, Margaret. How to measure a cow Erich Maria Remarque. All quiet on the Western Front Mukherjee, Abir. A rising man Texts for 2022/3 will be chosen at course end. Relaxed, friendly, informal

Course aim

This course offers participants the opportunity to read and discuss seven contemporary and popular books. Subject matter, style, characterisation, structure, setting, plot and meaning will be discussed. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers
  • There will be one book discussed each month and participants should try and read the set texts before class. Books can be borrowed from Arnold Library.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Discuss characterisation in the selected texts
  • Analyse the use of different narrative structures in the selected texts
  • Describe your own fiction preference with other class members
  • Identify passages and phrases to support your critique of the texts
  • Extend your reading choices

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

There is an arrangement with the library to have twelve copies of each book available for you to borrow - please let the library staff know that you will are participating in the WEA 'Book of the Month' group.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Book of the Month


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