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Upper Street Book Club

The Upper Street book Club meets once a month to discuss a contemporary novel written in English.

This is an opportunity to read and discuss a wide range of books of different genres and styles.

The Book Club is free to all students enrolled on an Upper Street course.

As far as possible, meetings will be on the last Wednesday of each month from 20:00 – 21:00

If you are not enrolled on a course, membership of the group is 100 euros a year for 10 meetings (adjusted proportionally from the date of enrollment.)

Meetings are from September to June.

The books will be announced two months in advance. Members are responsible for obtaining their own copy of the book.

The book for May 23 rd is:

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

by Muriel Spark

June 20 th is:The North Water
  by Ian McGuire

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Muriel Spark

Muriel Spark (1918–2006) was a prolific Scottish novelist, short story writer, and poet whose darkly comedic voice made her one of the most distinctive writers of the twentieth century. Spark grew up in Edinburgh and worked as a department store secretary, writer for trade magazines, and literary editor before publishing her first novel in 1957. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961), considered her masterpiece, was made into a stage play, a TV series, and a film. Spark became a Dame of the British Empire in 1993.

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie:

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, a charismatic teacher, and the ultimate effect of her influence, is shown through the fate, past experiences, and memories of her former students; especially the one who "betrayed" her, Sandy or Sister Helena.
Most of the story takes place in Edinburgh, Scotland, at the Marcia Blaine School for Girls. There, in 1930, in spite of the school's fish bowl environment, a teacher, who repeatedly proclaims her prime, creates for herself, with six 10 year old pupils, a secret society. For two years, during school periods scheduled for such subjects as Arithmetic or Geography, she tells her pupils enthralling, fabulistic, stories about her dead lover, Hugh, and her trips to Egypt or Italy, and she shows them prints of paintings. Through the subtext of her lessons and stories, she also sets them against the prevailing, Calvinistic ethos of the school.
At age 16, these girls are still recognized at the school as "unmistakably Brodie" by their unusual knowledge base, their innumeracy, their lack of exposure to the "authorized curriculum", and by how devoted they are to their former teacher. They play golf with Miss Brodie, take tea with her and tutor her in Greek.

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Alberto Alcalde
12:47 AM
Fue mi primera visita. Un lugar acogedor en el que se respiraba amor por los libros. Un tiempo dedicado a la literatura y el pensamiento. Un verdadero lujo.