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Réans, Armagnac, 32 Gers, France
Our objective is to promote friendship between women of all nationalities living in Gascony, SW France, to share our interests and to offer help when needed. The Club started in 2008, with twenty English ladies living in Gascony, using a foreign language and experiencing a new life. Since then, several different groups have been added and our membership has grown into the hundreds, with new ladies moving to the area and ladies who have lived here a while, who have discovered us, who want to make new acquaintances and discover new areas of interest. Today we have eleven nationalities, and our speaking/working language is English. The LLC meets on the second Tuesday of each month, excluding July and August.Every member receives an email each month, giving the name of the restaurant, the chosen, menu and a booking form. In 2014, we became a non-profit making Association, known as Ladies Lunch Club de l’Armagnac. Our annual subscription fee of 10 € is payable in January each year. Each member of the Club may participate in some or all of our various groups

Thursday, 3 July 2014

LLC book club July 2014



Just a reminder to the bookclub members that we are meeting on Thursday 10th July 14.30h at the usual venue.

The July book is the 
Robert Harris, An Officer and A Spy



The book is Robert Harris’ new book, An Officer and a Spy which is his take on the Dreyfus affair.

The Dreyfus Affair constitutes one of those moments of history that a lot people know of rather than much about. Even among well educated people there's often little more than a headline understanding of antisemitism, a French miscarriage of justice, Devil's Island and Emile Zola's famous attack on the French establishment's conspiracy against the Jewish army officer, Alfred Dreyfus: J'accuse. 
But the real story is like something from the imagination of Alexandre Dumas, full of intrigue, wrongful imprisonment and heroic effort to establish the truth. 
Robert Harris’s novel “An Officer and a Spy” has a point of high drama when the main character, Col. Georges Picquart, is ushered into a room full of atypical characters: people who will actually listen to him. 
See review NY Times 
and review The Guardian

The other books suggested were:  Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge and The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life by William Nicholson.


Please bring other books of your choice to the July meeting you are happy to lend to others for summer reading. 

  

We thought it would then be good to discuss what we’ve each been reading at the August meeting.  
This will take the form of a picnic a members garden on August 21st. 
The idea is to chat about what we have been reading at the August meeting for a summer’s afternoon picnic!  Directions etc to follow.
After the rain, I’ll look forward to sitting outside and reading a book!

Thank you to Cathie and Simon for hosting our May meeting. It was a perfect setting in their pretty courtyard and we all enjoyed listening to Amanda speak about 22 Britannia Road.  Also it was fascinating to learn about her journey as a writer and her future plans.  Sure we’ll all be watching her progress with great interest.
The June book was The Angel Maker by Stefan Brijs
and the meeting was on Thursday June 19th. 

For any more information about the Ladies Lunch Club book club please see our bookclub page in this blog
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