We gathered at The Castle on Friday to discuss our latest batch of books. The Castle has only just reopened after a refurb, and the ubiquity of blogs is proved by the availability of a "'warts & all' account of the transformation of a run-down pub in Bradford-On-Avon into a 'proper' Inn" at http://thecastle-boa.blogspot.com/.
Rob raised the bar early on by coming up with the idea that the aristocratic nurse who shares a flat briefly with Barbara in "Winter in Madrid", is intended to be Cordelia, sister of Sebastian, Julia, and Bridey from Brideshead Revisited. I think that he must be right, so I'm reasonably put out that I didn't notice it first.
I was also surprised when American Shaolin - my suggested read - came out ahead of Slaughterhouse Five as our overall favourite book. Dave's antipathy to Vonnegut's Tralfamadorians, playing no small part in the decision.
We've introduced a new rule for the next meeting; the obligatory nomination of one stone cold classic.
The next set of books, which will be discussed while sailing the Solent (details to follow) later this year comprises: