Would your Book Club be interested in reading and discussing one of my books?

If so, I list below some of the issues readers have raised in other discussions. And if there are questions you’d like to ask me, send me an email and I’ll respond as quickly as I can.

Book Club Questions

The Lords of Alijah

  • Does the pace of the book work? The story is 470 pages long, but just covers events between 3 and 31 December 1899.
  • Does Gwalior as described in the book match with your image of a Princely state in the Raj?
  • Does the unique relationship between the ruler and his senior lords effect the outcome of events?
  • How important is historical accuracy in a work of fiction like this?
  • What is the influence of the dead Bob O’Connell on characters and events? Would the story have worked better if he had been alive?

 

Taz

  • Is Taz Dhar an appealing character? She has been described as ‘a very modern hero for a globalised world. Do you agree?
  • Does the ‘Armitage Shanks’ process as described in the book differ at all from ‘Extraordinary Rendition’?
  • Are Anu Sitaram and Dave Bignall the real heroes of the story?
  • What do you think of Jonjo Amin Asante?
  • Taz’s search takes from India to the UK, then Germany, Ethiopia, Ghana and The Gambia. Which seems most appealing to you and why?

 

The Peacock in the Chicken Run

  • Does the plot of the story suit the Novella style?
  • What does the character of Bhao bring to the tale?
  • Could this story work in the age of mobile phones and internet connectivity?
  • Do any themes emerge from the various relationships explored?
  • What stories would you tell of delayed flights?

The Final Charge

  • Who is the hero of this story?
  • Do Tom Miles recollections of the Mau Mau Emergency tell us anything about colonialism?
  • Leo Kane describes War Crimes Trials as ‘…an exercise in futility and hypocrisy.’ (P348) What do you think?
  • ‘The Charge,’ the cross-country safari rally, plays a large part in the story. Does it sound appealing to you?
  • Which character would you most like to meet?

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