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June 2017 Meeting

Clinging on to the disc : Sandra, Sharon, Anne, Katie, Ros, Lynette, Trish, Gabrielle and Heidi

Lost over the rim : Catherine, Mary, Heather

Business : Gabrielle reminded us that this meeting marks our 10th anniversary and she kindly provided cake, sparklers and cinematographer (Thanks Dom) to celebrate.


(We have to ‘upgrade our plan’ to be able to show this as a video – I will send via email to those who are not on Facebook)

Discussion : So this is what was said of the Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett

“Irreverent and silly | Without plot | A hoot | Funny and full of references | Light and easy to read”

The book scored 3 out of 5.

Next meeting : The Good People by Hannah Kent at Ros’ house. PM or email me for address details should you need it – H

Happy Birthday everyone!

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Twentieth Century British Authors : making connections

Look at what I found doing a Google search for the International Man Booker Prize this evening.

This comes from the UK’s Open University and is a twentieth century author wheel showing the links between authors. I thought I’d explain it to you in person because it wasn’t immediately obvious to me how it worked. I was looking for a legend that told me what all those coloured lines meant and there isn’t one.

So, to get started Click here to get to this jumping off space pictured above.

Once there, click on the Click to launch button. Click on Start and then Next to get to this page.

Choose an author and explore the links he/she has with others.

Here is Iain Banks whose non-Sci-fi writing I enjoy. (When he’s writing Sci-fi he calls himself Iain M. Banks.)

If I click on one of the coloured circles I can see what it is that links Iain Banks with the authors at the other end of the coloured lines.

Here the orange dot is a link to other Sci-fi authors.

Iain Banks (with or without his M.) is tame compared with some. Just take a gander at old Kingsley Amis.

To find out about the author click on his/her name or to find out more about the connection, click on the coloured dot.

The only annoying thing about this wonderful gadget is that once you’ve clicked on a link you can’t page back. You’ll be taken out to the beginning again and it gets a bit wearing.

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Another literary visualisation

This is from The Strand Magazine in 1906. Authors are sized by how much the public read his or her work at the time.

The giant is Dickens, followed by Thackeray and the now largely forgotten Hall Caine. Lesser mortals, left to right, are Thomas Hardy, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Marie Corelli, Rudyard Kipling, Mary Augusta Ward, J.M. Barrie, Arthur Conan Doyle, Stanley Weyman, Robert Louis Stevenson, Walter Scott, Henry James, Charlotte Brontë, George Meredith, Anthony Trollope, Charles Kingsley, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Israel Zangwill, Charles Reade, and E.F. Benson.