Nod by Adrian Barnes

nodThis month, PABC regular Sam takes a look at the Arthur C Clarke Award 2013 shortlisted novel, Nod by Adrian Barnes. Continue reading

God’s Dog by Diego Marani

God's DogIn July, the PABC met to discuss God’s Dog by Diego Marani set in a near future theocratic Italy.

The dystopian novel introduces Domingo Salazar, a Dominican Monk and Vatican secret agent who is dedicated to rooting out non-believers and heretics.

In this world, the sanctity of life is being threatened by a cell of dissidents that help sufferers commit euthanasia.  Oh, and did anyone notice that the title of the book is a palindrome as well as being a reference to the nickname, Domini Canes, for the Dominican Order of monks? Continue reading

Dark Societies with Marcus Sedgwick, Claire North and Adam Roberts

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For the last Dark Societies of 2014, on Wednesday 19th November at 6.30pm, the Post-Apocalyptic Book Club and Waterstones Piccadilly are very excited and proud to present the excellent Marcus Sedgwick, Claire North and Adam Roberts.

Exploring their novels, The Ghosts of Heaven (Sedgwick), The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August (North) and Bête (Roberts), we will embark on a journey to understand human longing, the quest to explore the unknown and our tumultuous relationship with the world around us.

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Tickets £5/£3 PABC members and Waterstones Cardholders available in store, via 02078512400 or email Piccadilly@waterstones.com

Waterstones Piccadilly, 203-205 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HD

Wednesday 19th November, 6.30pm

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MARCUS SEDGWICK was born and raised in East Kent in the South-east of England. He now divides his time between a small village near Cambridge and a remote house in the French Alps. He is the winner of many prizes, including the Printz Award, the Booktrust Teenage Prize, and the Blue Peter Book Award. His books have been shortlisted for over thirty other awards, including the CILIP Carnegie Medal (five times), the Edgar Allan Poe Award (twice) and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize (five times, including a current longlisting for SHE IS NOT INVISIBLE in 2014). In 2011 REVOLVER was awarded a Printz Honor title and MIDWINTERBLOOD the Michael L Printz Award in 2014.

Marcus was Writer in Residence at Bath Spa University for three years, and has taught creative writing at Arvon and Ty Newydd. He is currently working on film and book projects with his brother, Julian, as well as a graphic novel with Thomas Taylor. He has judged numerous books awards, including the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and the Costa Book Awards.

His latest title in the UK is THE GHOSTS OF HEAVEN (October 14)

CATHERINE WEBB is a Carnegie Medal-nominated British author who writes under the pseudonyms of CLAIRE NORTH and KATE GRIFFIN.

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August is the first novel Webb has penned under the pseudonym Claire North. Webb has already written a second novel to be published under the Claire North name entitled Touch – due for release in February 2015.

A lifelong Londoner, Webb describes herself as a fan of big cities, urban magic, Thai food and graffiti-spotting, and she is endlessly fascinated by such questions as who leaves copies of the yellow pages on top of bus shelters, how the hidden tunnels beneath the sorting office were built, and why anyone would ever dispose of perfectly good pairs of shoes by throwing them over the nearest telephone line.

Catherine read History at the London School of Economics, and studied at RADA. In addition to penning novels, Catherine also currently works as a theatre lighting designer.

ADAM ROBERTS is the author of more than a dozen SF novels, noted for their variety and the brilliance of their prose.  He has been shortlisted for many awards and his novel Jack Glass won both the BSFA and the John W. Campbell awards for Best Novel.  He is also a Professor of Nineteenth Century Literature at Royal Holloway College, London.  He lives to the West of London with his wife and two children.

His most recent novels published in 2014 are Bête and Twenty Trillion Leagues Under The Sea.

 

Dark Societies – In Conversation with Emily St John Mandel and Sarah Lotz

Dark Societies: In Conversation with Emily St John Mandel and Sarah Lotz

The Post-Apocalyptic Book Club and Waterstones Piccadilly are very excited to present Emily St John Mandel and Sarah Lotz on Monday 29th September at 6.30pm. Continue reading

A Short Film about the PABC

Last year, a small group of very lovely students from Kingston University sat in on a few of our meetings and made this wonderful short film about the Post-Apocalyptic Book Club.

The meeting featured in the film was the discussion for War With The Newts by Karel Capek which scored a brilliant 7.3 out of 10.  As you can probably tell, it was a fun night!

The Post Apocalyptic Book Club from Noni Braithwaite on Vimeo.

Dark Societies with Samantha Shannon, Tom Pollock and M. R. Carey

Waterstones Piccadilly & the Post-Apocalyptic Book Club presents…

An evening of dystopian fantasy with Samantha Shannon, Tom Pollock and M. R. Carey

Dark Societies returns on Thursday 19th June at 6.30pm at Waterstones Piccadilly with three very special guests, authors Samantha Shannon, Tom Pollock and M.R. Carey. Continue reading

Heroes and Villains by Angela Carter

1901713_597024413717216_1387021657_nFor many in the group, “Heroes and Villains” was their first Carter novel. Carter isn’t the most accessible author out there and we quickly reached the consensus that knowing more about the author and the genres she borrows so heavily from would’ve made “Heroes and Villains” a much more enjoyable read. There were a couple of Carter fans in the group and whilst they did have   some positive things to say about the book, they agreed it’s not her best. Continue reading

Dark Societies presents… An Evening with James Smythe & Tania Unsworth

Waterstones Piccadilly & the Post-Apocalyptic Book Club presents…

In Coversation with James Smythe and Tania Unsworth

Dark Societies returns on Thursday 23rd January at Waterstones Piccadilly with two very special guests, authors James Smythe and Tania Unsworth. Continue reading

Dark Societies: In Conversation with Susan Ee

World AfterDark Societies: In Conversation with Susan Ee

In association with Waterstones Piccadilly, the Post-Apocalyptic Book Club presents Dark Societies, an evening in conversation with best-selling author Susan Ee. Continue reading

The Hodderscape Review Project

I was really pleased when HPickwickodderscape asked me to take part in their Review Project: Continue reading