Festival Reading Group
December Choice: The Immortals of Meluha by Amish
‘Amish is a fresh new voice in Indian writing – steeped in myth and history, with a fine eye for detail and a compelling narrative style.’
On Wednesday 18 December 2013 the FRG will discuss The Immortals of Mulha, the first book in Amish’s Shiva Trilogy. The group will meet from 7:30-9:00pm at the Dubai World Trade Centre Club room.
The Immortals of Meluha is a No 1 National Bestseller in India, having sold over 100,000 copies since its launch in March, 2010. Set in 1900 BC and drawing on Amish’s interpretations of Hindu mythology, Immortals pits reluctant hero Shiva against the Chandravanshis and the Nagas, who have invaded the empire of Meluha.
Venue for 2013-14
We have very kindly been offered a delightful new venue for our monthly meetings by Festival supporter Jane Northcote who manages the World Trade Club. From May we will be meeting in The Club Room on the 33rd floor of the World Trade Centre, Dubai. This provides one of the best views in the Emirate and although normally a members’ only venue, the FRG have been invited to make this our home for the 2013-14 season. Free valet parking is available and light refreshments will be available to purchase. With the ambiance of a country house library, this is a wonderful place to discuss our monthly reading in quiet and comfortable surroundings.
Please reserve your place by responding to the event planner on the FRG Facebook page or by emailing: email@example.com
Dates and titles for 2013-14
- 25 September 2013 – Map of Love by Ahdaf Soueif (Arabic or English)
- 23 October 2013 – Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw
- 20 November 2013 – The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking by Oliver Burkeman
- 18 December 2013 – The Immortals of Meluha by Amish
- 22 January 2014 – The Brave by Nicholas Evans
- 19 February 2014 – Daughter of the Desert aka Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations by Georgina Howell
When we have signed up authors for LitFest 2014, I will announce proposed books for each month.We plan to cover a range of genres and to read at least one book in translation.
29 May 2013
As ever, we spent an animated 90 minutes or so discussing Peaches for Monsieur le Curé by Joanne Harris who will be one of our 2014 LitFest authors. Even one of our members who is allergic to chocolate was tempted to a taste, so Joanne’s ability to make the reader’s mouth water was as strong as ever. There were some reservations about the length and the mystical goings-on, so there will be questions to ask at the FRG panel next March.
Keeping Up To Date
Get the latest FRG news by joining our Facebook group. Once a member of Facebook, just send a message to: firstname.lastname@example.org to be accepted into this online forum
There will be no formal meetings during these months, but members are encouraged to post their reading recommendations on the Facebook page as a way of keeping in touch. This is also the time to buy your September and/or October books, especially if you are travelling overseas.
Buying FRG Books
Books for the FRG season will be available from WH Smiths (Dubai Mall lower ground floor) and a supply of the monthly selection will be reserved for our members behind the inquiries counter.
Many FRG members now use e-readers and some of the titles will be available in this format.
If you have any questions, please contact me by email: email@example.com
Happy Reading and I look forward to discussing books with you all very soon!