Friends, I am fresh off the plane from Fiji and ready to announce the Veggie Mama book pick for June! Once the feeling returns to my fingers.
I actually finished this month’s pick The Road before I left as I didn’t want to read anything so heavy while I was away in a tropical location. I took The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami (mentioned in our first pick, M Train by Patti Smith), lent to me by book clubber Steph – and what a trip that one has been! Holy cow what a weird/great book.
I left the choosing of next month’s book to another fellow book clubber, Liz, who was like “mate when can you pick a best seller I can just walk in the shop and grab?!” and I was like “uhhhh” *cue confusion and mild panic* so made her choose one instead and she was stoked. I don’t understand the modern fiction world at the best of times so she was very well placed to make the decision.
Lost for Words by Edward St. Aubyn, here we come!
Edward St. Aubyn’s Patrick Melrose novels were some of the most celebrated works of fiction of the past decade (also the TV adaptation featured Benedict Cumbergorgeous so there’s that). Ecstatic praise came from a wide range of admirers, from literary superstars such as Zadie Smith, Francine Prose, Jeffrey Eugenides, and Michael Chabon to pop-culture icons such as Anthony Bourdain and January Jones. Now St. Aubyn returns with a hilariously smart send-up of a certain major British literary award.
Do make sure you’re in the Facebook group if you’re into that sort of thing, as there are lively discussions all month about all kinds of books, and you’ll be the first to know when there’s an event or online chat.
About Lost for Words
The judges on the panel of the Elysian Prize for Literature must get through hundreds of submissions to find the best book of the year. Meanwhile, a host of writers are desperate for Elysian attention: the brilliant writer and serial heartbreaker Katherine Burns; the lovelorn debut novelist Sam Black; and Sonny, convinced that his magnum opus, The Mulberry Elephant, will take the literary world by storm. Things go terribly wrong when Katherine’s publisher accidentally submits a cookery book in place of her novel; one of the judges finds himself in the middle of a scandal; and Sonny, aghast to learn his book isn’t on the short list, seeks revenge.
Lost for Words is a witty, fabulously entertaining satire that cuts to the quick of some of the deepest questions about the place of art in our celebrity-obsessed culture, and asks how we can ever hope to recognize real talent when everyone has an agenda. – Macmillan Publishing
Find Lost for Words
You can find the hard copy of Lost for Words on Amazon, on Kindle at Amazon, on eBay, and the audio version on audible. Check your local library, the website of your State Library, and ebook borrowing sites online. Hard copies are available online at Booktopia, the Book Depository. For in-store in Melbs, I love Brunswick Bound and Readings, but it should be available in your local, or they can get it in.
About the Veggie Mama Book Club
This is super-chill, read what you want, as much or as little as you want, participate however you want kind of book club. Maybe challenge yourself a little because that is a good thing, but let this not be a burden.
We’ll pick a book per month and discuss it both on the blog and in the Facebook group (and for locals, in real life, over a beverage and platter of some type).
You can share at any time anywhere with the hashtag #vmbookclub and you can tag me @veggie_mama. I am also open to suggestions at any time, and I look forward to us maybe getting out of our literary comfort zones and always learning something when we do, even if we don’t like the book itself. Or the author. Or Tuesdays. Or broccoli.
See you back here at the end of March for a bookish chat about Lost for Words!