March book club - Book for discussion is 'Akin' by Emma Donoghue

The London Irish Book club has been going for many years.

It concentrates on Irish authors both fiction and non fiction. The style is extremely informal.

You can contribute your opinion or just sit and listen to the comments of others on each book.

Our age range is diverse and we decide on the next title by consensus.

Nobody is an expert here although we do have one new author!

Your thoughts are as good as anyone else's and we frequently disagree on the merits of our books.

About this months book:


Praise for Room:
Emma Donoghue's writing is superb alchemy, changing innocence into horror and horror into tenderness

-- Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler's Wife

One of the most profoundly affecting books I've read in a long time -- John Boyne, author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Sophisticated in outlook and execution . . . Utterly plausible, vividly described, New York Times

Absorbing, truthful and beautiful . . . it is a kind of sustained poem in praise of motherhood and parental love, Observer

Donoghue mines material that on the face of it appears intractably bleak and surfaces with a powerful, compulsively readable work of fiction, Irish Times

Highly emotional but never sentimental., Vogue

Akin offers a subtle, entertaining portrait of the relationship―and friction―between age and youth., The Economist

An important, touching novel that stays with you long after you’re done reading it., Independent

Poignant and hopeful, the bestselling novelist of Room has delivered another exquisite portrayal of an adult and child making their way in the world., Woman & Home

A highly enjoyable novel’Daily Mail

About the Author

Born in 1969, Emma Donoghue is an Irish writer who spent eight years in England before moving to Canada. Her fiction includes Slammerkin, Life Mask and Touchy Subjects. Her 2010 novel, Room, was an internationally award-winning bestseller and was shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange Prizes. Emma's screenplay for Room's multi-award-winning film adaptation has earned her an Oscar nomination.


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Other upcoming dates for the diary are as follows:

Monday 30th March

Tuesday 26th May 

Monday 20th July

Monday 28th September

Monday 30th Nov

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