Seven (nearly eight) year old Millie waits for her mum under a rack of women’s underwear to which she has pinned a sign that says “IN HERE MUM” at a local department store. After a couple of days of waiting, her mum still hasn’t returned but Millie has already met 87 year old Karl and will soon meet 82 year old Agatha. Together, they will embark on a journey to find Millie’s mum and maybe learn a few life lessons along the way. This is my current read, what’s yours?
Confession: I have never read The Handmaid’s Tale. It’s on my list for 2019 but these are the only books of Atwood’s that I’ve read to date. I loved all three of them, though I find that it always takes me a hundred or so pages to really start enjoying her works (but the fact that I persevere shows how brilliant a writer she is and I’m always sad when I finish them!). The Blind Assassin was my absolute favourite. Have you read any of these? Which is your favourite Margaret Atwood book?
Set in San Francisco in the 1970s, Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City was originally serialised in the San Francisco Chronicle and follows the lives of a diverse set of people who all live in the same apartment complex. This is the first book in the series, which I read for a course at University, and is a series that I’d love to continue with. I’m currently composing a #tbrlist for 2019 and this, and at least a few of the subsequent books, will most likely be on it! Are there any series that you’d like to revisit in 2019?
Thanks for sharing your pics of your December deliveries - we hope you’re all enjoying your books! 🎄
Happy December! 🎄 The only thing festive about this read is its red and gold cover but I’m enjoying every second of it so far. I’ve wanted to read The Song of Achilles for so long and when I found it in a charity shop on a recent trip away, I just had to buy it. I raced to finish my last book so I could start this ASAP. It drew me in just as quickly as Circe did - I struggle to put it down once I start reading it! What’s your current read?
The winner of our November newsletter giveaway is @skin_within_warrior! Based on that shocker of a first line, we’d definitely be interested in reading your memoir! Thanks everyone for all your interesting and varied entries - we loved reading them ☺️
Look out for your December books - they’re on their way! UK subscribers should receive theirs in 2-4 working days, EU in 3-5 working days and world subscribers in 5-7 working days. We’ll look forward to seeing your pictures as usual - don’t forget to tag us ☺️ #mywbc
❗️BLACK FRIDAY 2018❗️ We’re very pleased to announce that our Black Friday SALE has begun... Head to our website where you’ll get 20% off our entire range of Book Subscription gifts. Offer ends today at 23.59pm. No code required. Happy reading! www.thewilloughbybookclub.co.uk
Recently, Janet finished reading The Lost Man by Jane Harper: “Jane Harper's The Dry was the best crime debut I've read for years, in many ways transcending the genre and functioning equally as well as literary family drama. Her new novel, The Lost Man, does something very similar. While superficially concerned with the mystery of how outback farmer Cameron came to die of dehydration and exposure in the unforgiving Australian summer, the book is much more the story of his older brother, Nathan, returning to the family home as a result of Cameron's death. As in The Dry, Harper is more interested in the tensions of small rural communities - where a single mistake or whisper of gossip can lead to years of suffering - than in telling a simple whodunnit, and the book is all the better for it. And again, the harsh desert landscape of the outback plays a central role in the story. I loved The Lost Man, and although some may feel things are tied up too neatly at the end, I felt reassured that some good had come out of the bleakness and misery.”
👋🏻MEET THE SUBSCRIBER👋🏻 This month we have the pleasure of getting to know Andrea Wilkinson as part of our regular 'Meet the Subscriber' feature. Andrea lives in Belfast and shares a bookstagram account with her sister. Check out their account on Instagram: @tome.raiders Name Andrea Wilkinson How long have you been a WBC subscriber? 6 months - I originally had a 3 month subscription and then renewed it for another 6 months, and I'm halfway through it and will likely re-subscribe again after Xmas. What’s your favourite thing about WBC? I know everyone says the same thing, but it's how personal the subscription is. I subscribe to a couple of different book boxes and I like them for different reasons, but Willoughby stands out because of how personal it is. I love the fact that every month, someone looks at what types of books I like and read,takes the time to check Goodreads to see which books I already have, and then picks one for me. Which book has been your favourite WBC read and why? The Earthsea Series by Ursula K Le Guin; I've been meaning to buy it and read it for years, but never got around to it. I was so excited to receive it a few months ago. You’ll be at sea for a year and can only take one book. Which would it be? It might be cheating, but I have a bind up of all of Jane Austen's novels and I'd take that with me - I could happily re-read them for a year. What’s your favourite place to read? Curled up in bed, with a cup of tea. Your favourite reading snack? I don't usually eat when reading but if I had to choose, salted popcorn. Summarise your passion for reading in 3 words All.The.Books
We're big fans of BeerBods. They launched their award-winning beer club back in 2012, the same year we started our book club. In a nutshell, their customers get one beer and the story behind it, delivered to them at home for £3 a week. All of their subscribers also go online every Thursday night to discuss that week's beer using #BeerBods. What's not to love about that?! Oh, and with Christmas coming up, a gift subscription makes the perfect stocking filler for the beer lover in your life. www.beerbods.co.uk
This month we are offering one lucky winner the opportunity to win a selection of memoirs. Memoirs allow us insight into the sometimes extraordinary, sometimes commonplace life experiences of people from all walks of life. Often more emotionally involved than a biography you may end the book heartbroken, inspired or astounded but always with a better grasp of what it means to be human. To be in with a chance of winning this collection of books head over to our social media pages and answer the following question: If you were writing your own memoir what part of your life would you focus on and why? Entries close at noon on Friday the 30th November
Today’s reading for Audrey, not that she needs the instruction - check out that epic nose lick! 🐶
“Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one.” 🍐 See What I Have Done is a work of historical fiction based on one the world’s most famous unsolved mysteries. This is my #currentread, what’s yours?
One of our gorgeous new arrivals - we were all eagerly anticipating this one! 🌴 Set in the 1980s in Nigeria, Stay With Me follows the story of Yejide, a woman who is desperate for a child, pressured to produce by her husband and mother-in-law. She’s tried everything, medical and religious solutions. Since that hasn’t worked, her relatives insist upon a new wife. Stay With Me explores heartbreak, betrayal, jealousy and motherhood.
Flower Island is a vast landfill site, home to fourteen year old Bugeye and his mum. They, along with others, make a meagre living separating recyclables from the rubbish. But what could the mysterious lights that flicker around the landfill be? Are they friend or foe? Familiar Things is a powerful work by Korean author Hwang Sok-Yong, translated by Sora Kim-Russell. 🇰🇷 What’s the best piece of translated fiction you’ve read in 2018?
This beautiful cover is just so perfect for the chilly November weather and the dark edge to this novel makes it an atmospheric read for the season. 🍂 Do you like your #currentread to be weather/season appropriate?
Our Halloween giveaway has come to an end and we can now announce our four lucky winners! 👻 Congratulations to: Matt Zitron Reaghan Reilly @sarahklarakikiundco @mairisian
November books are now on their way to you! UK subscribers can expect their books in 3-4 working days and international subscribers a little later. Looking forward to seeing your brilliant #myWBC pics of your new arrivals as always!
@bookaidinternational have sent out the millionth book of 2018! We are so proud and happy to have contributed to this amazing achievement. This book, and 2,590 others, will be used to create a new public library in the Za’atari Refugee Camp and to add to the collections of 6 local community libraries!