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The Marlborough Book Club started in the Autumn 2007. We meet in the school library on the second Monday of each term. We are a friendly group and anyone who would like to drop in and join us are very welcome. We meet on Mondays from 8–9:30pm.

Next Meeting Monday 8th May

Book club book feb 2017In the year 2000, in the closest election in American history, Alice Blackwell's husband becomes president of the United States. Their time in the White House proves to be heady, tumultuous, and controversial.

But it is Alice's own story - that of a kind, bookish, only child born in the 1940s Midwest who comes to inhabit a life of dizzying wealth and power - that is itself remarkable. Alice candidly describes her small-town upbringing, and the tragedy that shaped her identity; she recalls her early adulthood as a librarian, and her surprising courtship with the man who swept her off her feet; she tells of the crisis that almost ended their marriage; and she confides the privileges and difficulties of being first lady, a role that is uniquely cloistered and public, secretive and exposed.

In Alice Blackwell, Curtis Sittenfeld has created her most dynamic and complex heroine yet. American Wife is not a novel about politics. It is a gorgeously written novel that weaves race, class, fate and wealth into a brilliant tapestry. It is a novel in which the unexpected becomes inevitable, and the pleasures and pain of intimacy and love are laid bare.

Dates for academic year 2016-17:

  • 12 June 2017

Previous Reads:

  • The Tenderness of Wolves, Stef Penney
  • The Seige, Helen Dunmore
  • Redemption, Kay Langdale
  • Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell
  • Anita and Me, Meera Syal
  • The Island, Victoria Hislop
  • Norwegian Wood, Haruki Marakami
  • Dandelion Soup, Babs Horton
  • Pay It Forward, Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • I’m Not Scared, Niccolo Ammaniti
  • Suite Francaise, I Nemirovsky
  • Hidden Lives, M Forster
  • The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri
  • The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, S Larsson
  • When A Crocodile Eats The Sun, P Godwin
  • Fair Stood The Wind For France, H E Bates
  • Small Island, Andrea Levy
  • Half-truths & White Lies, Jane Davis
  • The Secret Scripture, Sebastian Barry
  • Sea of Poppies, Amitav Ghosh
  • Sense and Sensiblity, Jane Austen
  • The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd
  • The Lieutenant, Kate Grenville
  • Blacklands, Belinda Bauer
  • One Day, David Nicholls
  • The Slap, Christos Tsiolkas
  • The Adoration of Jenna Fox, Mary Pearson
  • Mister God, This is Anna, Fynn
  • The Map of Love, Ahdaf Soueif
  • The Anatomy of Ghosts, Andrew Taylor
  • Pereira Maintains, Antonio Tabucchi
  • Before I Go To Sleep, S. J. Watson
  • The Auschwitz Violin, M. Angels Anglada
  • The Music Room, W. Fiennes
  • Me Before You, J. Moyes
  • State of Wonder, Ann Patchett
  • Mrs Robinson's Disgrace, Kate Summerscale
  • Pure, Andrew Miller
  • Almost French, Sarah Turnbull
  • The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern
  • The Last Runaway, Tracy Chevalier
  • Crow Lake, Mary Lawson
  • There but for the, Ali Smith
  • The Captain's Daughter, Leah Fleming
  • The Captain's Daughter, Alexander Pushkin
  • Flight Behaviour, Barbara Kingsolver
  • The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, Jonas Jonasson and Rod Bradbury
  • The Savage Garden, Mark Mills
  • Regeneration, Pat Barker
  • Short Stories for Women : Life, compiled by Victoria Hislop
  • The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer
  • Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron
  • Call of the Undertow by Linda Cracknell
  • Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid
  • Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey
  • This Boy by Alan Johnson
  • The Children Act by Ian McEwan
  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  • Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O’Farrell
  • An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison
  • My Life in Houses by Margaret Forster
  • The Bees by Laline Paull
  • Exposure by Helen Dunmore
  • The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce
  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman