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 November  is:

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

by Truman Capote

 Swing Time by Zadie Smith

Two childhood friends – and rivals – follow different paths in Smith’s latest novel. In the process Smith takes in popular culture, dance, politics, drugs, the media, multi-cultural London and the traumas of childhood and dis-functional families. Possibly her best book to date.

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Truman Capote

The novella itself was originally supposed to be published in Harper's Bazaar's July, 1958 issue, several months before its publication in book form by Random House. But the publisher of Harper's, the Hearst Corporation, began demanding changes to Capote's tart language, which he reluctantly made because he had liked the photos by David Attie and the design work by Harper's art director Alexey Brodovitch that were to accompany the text.[33] But despite his compliance, Hearst ordered Harper's not to run the novella anyway. Its language and subject matter were still deemed "not suitable", and there was concern that Tiffany's, a major advertiser, would react negatively.[34] An outraged Capote resold the novella to Esquire for its November, 1958 issue; by his own account, he told Esquire he would only be interested in doing so if Attie's original series of photos was included, but to his disappointment, the magazine ran just a single full-page image of Attie's (another was later used as the cover of at least one paperback edition of the novella).[35] The novella was published by Random House shortly afterwards.

For Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's was a turning point, as he explained to Roy Newquist (Counterpoint, 1964):

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Capote was the son of 17-year-old Lillie Mae Faulk and salesman Archulus Persons.[2] His parents divorced when he was 4, and he was sent to Monroeville, Alabama, where, for the following four to five years, he was raised by his mother's relatives. He formed a fast bond with his mother's distant relative, Nanny Rumbley Faulk, whom Truman called "Sook". "Her face is remarkable – not unlike Lincoln's, craggy like that, and tinted by sun and wind", is how Capote described Sook in "A Christmas Memory" (1956). In Monroeville, he was a neighbor and friend of author Harper Lee, who is rumored to have based the character Dill on Capote.[5][6][7]

As a lonely child, Capote taught himself to read and write before he entered his first year of school.[8] Capote was often seen at age 5 carrying his dictionary and notepad, and began writing fiction at age 11.[9] He was given the nickname "Bulldog" around this age.[10]...
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"El trato es inmejorable, al igual que la profesionalidad de sus profesores y la calidad de los cursos que imparten. Especialmente recomendables son los cursos de Inglés para C2 y de Literatura, a los que he acudido. Es un centro ideal para cualquier persona que esté interesada en el aprendizaje eficiente del inglés. También se lo aconsejo a profesores en activo que busquen un reciclaje y profundización en lengua inglesa y literatura y a futuros profesores que estén preparando las oposiciones para optar a una plaza."

Itziar Calatayud Gómez

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