Books & Meetings

For making contact, or for more information about the book club, meetings or meeting venue, please email the coordinator Tricia using  tricia@farnham.humanist.org.uk

Next book:
‘The Fear Index’ Robert Harris (2011)

This will be discussed on Monday July 4th 2022 at 12.30pm at a local pub. Please contact the coordinator Tricia by e-mail for more information tricia@farnham.humanist.org.uk

Waterstones Review

Meet Alex Hoffmann: among the secretive inner circle of the ultra-rich, he is something of a legend.

Based in Geneva, he has developed a revolutionary system that has the power to manipulate financial markets. Generating billions of dollars, it is a system that thrives on panic – and feeds on fear.

And then, in the early hours of one morning, while he lies asleep, a sinister intruder breaches the elaborate security of his lakeside home.

So begins a waking nightmare of paranoia and violence as Hoffmann attempts – with increasing desperation – to discover who is trying to destroy him – before it’s too late …

The Fear Index could scarcely be more of the moment * The Times *
Harris is a master of pace and entertainment, and The Fear Index is a thoroughly enjoyable book . . . Read the book. * Observer *
The Fear Index is an escapist thriller to rank with the best of them, and as a guide to what hedge funds actually do, it is surprisingly clear and instructive. * Economist *
There are moments when this book feels so up to date it could have been written next week… spookily exciting. * Express *
I would recommend The Fear Index, the new novel by Robert Harris that delves into the world of modern finance. The writing is as elegant as ever — Lionel Barber * Financial Times *

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The book after that:

‘Passing’ Nella Larsen (1929)

Waterstones Review

Clare Kendry has severed all ties to her past. Elegant, fair-skinned and ambitious, she is married to a white man who is unaware of her African-American heritage. When she renews her acquaintance with her childhood friend Irene, who has not hidden her origins, both women are forced to reassess their marriages, the lies they have told – and to confront the secret fears they have buried within themselves. Nella Larsen’s intense, taut and psychologically nuanced portrayal of lives and identities dangerously colliding established her as a leading writer of America’s Harlem Renaissance.

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