Love reading? Enjoy books that tell stories from around the globe about injustice and courage, love and survival? Then come along to our bookclub for a great time discussing books with a human-rights focus.
For our next bookclub we will be reading “The Night Train to Lisbon” by Pascal Mercier and “The Optician of Lampedusa” by Emma Jane Kirby. At the end of our meeting we will also decide what book we'll read next and when we will meet again.
Night Train to Lisbon follows Raimund Gregorius, a 57-year-old Classics scholar, on a journey that takes him across Europe. Abandoning his job and his life and travelling with a dusty old book as his talisman, he heads for Lisbon in search of clues to the life of the book's Portuguese author, Amadeu de Prado. As he gets swept up in his quest, he finds that the journey is also one of self-discovery, as he re-encounters all the decisions he has made - and not made - in his life, and faces the roads not travelled.
Emma-Jane Kirby has reported extensively on the reality of mass migration today. In The Optician of Lampedusa she brings to life the moving testimony of an ordinary man whose late summer boat trip off a Sicilian island unexpectedly turns into a tragic rescue mission.