Dufton Book Club

Book list for 2018

Taken from the 2008 Orange Prize Shortlist.

Meeting at Dufton Village Hall in the new downstairs room at 7:30pm.

Lottery: The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Perry L. Crandall – Patricia Wood   Thursday 1st Feb

Perry L. Crandall knows what it’s like to be an outsider. With an IQ of 76, he’s an easy mark. Before his grandmother died, she armed Perry well with what he’d need to know: the importance of words and writing things down, and how to play the lottery. Most importantly, she taught him whom to trust – a crucial lesson for Perry when he wins the multimillion-dollar jackpot. As his family descends, moving in on his fortune, his fate and his few true friends, he has a lesson for them: never ever underestimate Perry L. Crandall.

Lullabies for Little Criminals – Heather O’Neill   Thursday 12th April

12-year-old Baby is used to turmoil in her life. Her mother is long dead, her father is a junkie and they shuttle between rotting apartments and decrepit downtown hotels.

As her father’s addiction and paranoia grow worse, she begins a journey that will lead her through chaos and hardship; but Baby’s remarkable strength of spirit enables her to survive. Smart, funny and determined to lift herself off the city’s dirty streets, she knows that the only person she can truly rely upon is herself.

When We Were Bad – Charlotte Mendelson   Thursday 7th June

‘The Rubin family, everybody agrees, seems doomed to happiness’

Claudia Rubin is in her heyday. Wife, mother, rabbi and sometime moral voice of the nation, everyone wants to be with her at her older son’s glorious February wedding. Until Leo becomes a bolter and the heyday of the Rubin family begins to unravel . . .

The Outcast – Sadie Jones  Thursday 2nd August

Sussex, 1957. Lewis is nineteen, straight out of jail, and stands alone at a railway station.
He’s returned to the village where he grew up: the village where, a decade earlier, tragedy tore his family apart, leaving him to a troubled adolescence with a father he barely knew.
Now, the only person who understands him is Kit Carmichael, daughter of a bullying local businessman. Through the pain and isolation of their shared childhood comes love and loyalty – and soon they realise that to forge their own futures, they must first confront the darkest secrets of their past.

Fault Lines – Nancy Huston   Thursday 4th October

Narrated by four children from different generations of the same family, Fault Lines is a tale of a present haunted by the past. Moving from California to New York, from Haifa to Toronto and Munich, its stories unwind back through the years until, reaching the Second World War, the devastating secret at the heart of the family’s history is finally revealed.

Domestic in focus and epic in scope, Fault Lines is a poignant and captivating piece of storytelling, revealing what can happen when past and present collide…

 The Road Home – Rose Tremain  Thursday 6th December

Lev is on his way from Eastern Europe to Britain, seeking work. But Lev has an outsider’s vision of the place we call home. Lev begins with no job, little money, and few words of English. He has only his memories, his hopes, and a certain skill preparing food.

Behind him loom the figures of his dead wife, his beloved daughter, and his outrageous friend. In front of Lev lies the strangeness of the British: their hostile streets, their clannish pubs, their obsession with celebrity, their lonely flats.

London holds the alluring possibilities of friendship, sex, money, and a new career. But, more than this, the sense of belonging.