Book Club, monthly on Mondays, 6.30 pm 

Whislt we may not be able to come together physically to discuss our chosen book we are pleased to be able to run Book club online during the current Coronavirus outbreak. Details of the our book choices for March, April, May, June and July are listed below.

Access is via Zoom.

Members and guests welcome. For more information please contact: Denise Bonham on denise.bonham@shaarei-tsedek.org.uk

Monday 15 March 2021, 6.30 pm

The People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

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Synopsis

When Hannah heath gets a call in the middle of the night in her Sydney home about a precious medieval manuscript which has been recovered from the smouldering ruins of wartorn Sarajevo, she knows she is on the brink of the experience of a life time. A renowned book conservator, she must now make her way to Bosnia to start work on restoring The Sarajevo Haggadah, a Jewish prayer book – to discover its secrets and piece together the story of its miraculous survival.  The trip will also set in motion a series of events that threaten to rock Hannah’s orderly life, including her encounter with Ozren Karamen, the young librarian who risked his life to save the book.  This novel is  gripping and moving about war, art, love and survival.

Monday 19 April 2021, 6.30 pm

The Tunnel by A.B. Yehoshua

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Synopsis

Award-winning, internationally acclaimed Israeli author, a suspenseful and poignant story of a family coping with the sudden mental decline of their beloved husband and father—an engineer who they discover is involved in an ominous secret military project.

Tuesday 18 May 2021, 6.30 pm

The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman

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Synopsis

The Marriage of Opposites, is a work of historical fiction with magical realism and romance elements. The novel begins in the early 1800s and spans three generations of a Jewish family living on the island of St. Thomas after having fled the Inquisition in Europe. The novel follows a linear timeline and, told from different perspectives, creates a sweeping look at a historically significant moment in time. Hoffman based her tale on the true story of artist Camille Pissarro, the “Father of Impressionism.”

Monday 21 June 2021, 6.30 pm

The Hill Top by Assaf Gavron

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Synopsis

A brilliant and hilarious satirical novel about the state of twenty-first century Israel


On a rock-strewn hilltop in the heart of the West Bank stands a lone second-hand shipping container, a generator and some goats. On this contested land, Othniel Assis – under the wary gaze of the neighbouring Palestinian village – installs his ever-expanding family. As he cheerfully manipulates government agencies, more settlers arrive and, with a hodge-podge of bankers, teachers, kibbutzniks and townies, religious and secular, the outpost takes root. But when a curious journalist stumbles into their midst, the settlement becomes the focus of an international diplomatic scandal.

Monday 19 July 2021, 6.30 pm

A Stranger City by Linda Grant (2020 Wingate Literary Prize)

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Synopsis

A novel of contemporary London life and its complexity.  Set at a time when the Brexit referendum was making the capital’s multiculturalism a much more contested concept.  The Jewish characters include classic long-resident London Jews as well as more exotic recent Jewish arrivals from Iran.

Award-winning, internationally acclaimed Israeli author, a suspenseful and poignant story of a family coping with the sudden mental decline of their beloved husband and father—an engineer who they discover is involved in an ominous secret military project.