Lit Soc is back, now in to its fourth year, and better than ever!
Beginning the year with our regular “what I read on my ‘oldiays”, we foregathered to share our summer reads. As well as the regulars, we welcomed some new bibliophiles in the shape of new staff Mr Conway and Mrs Rusholme, the very welcome return of Miss Handley, and doyen of the Maths department, Mr Gibbons, whom, for those of you who don’t know, is a wonderful writer as well as crime fiction expert.
Among our pupils in attendance, books read included Neal Stephenson’s Quicksilver trilogy, a revisit of all the Harry Potter books, Pulitzer Prize winner All the Light We Cannot See and some of the latest YA dystopian reads. The staff, as ever, also enjoyed a diverse collection of both fiction and non-fiction, often immersing themselves in to the culture of places visited on their summer travels. For example, Mrs Richards enjoyed The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng during her trip to Borneo (and yes she did see the Orangutans!) whilst Miss Handley, on her extended Antipodean travels, read the Australian answer to To Kill A Mockingbird, Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey. Meanwhile, Mr Conway, who went to Cuba over the summer, was Our Man in Havana.
It was fascinating to hear about the reading habits of our new members. Mrs Rusholme threw herself in to YA fiction, enthusiastically recommending the likes of Eleanor and Park (“reminded me of Romeo & Juliet“) and All the Bright Places, and Mr Gibbons read espionage thrillers penned by his authorial friend. Among the Lit Soc stalwarts, we had reads ranging from Go Set A Watchman and The Sunday Philosopher’s Club to The Sense of an Ending and We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves. One of our allegedly most well-read members even found the time to revisit perennial childhood favourites: the Asterix series!
Our first session of the year is only the beginning of our further meanderings in the literary universe. Watch this space to find out more!