August 3, 2016
We will all be visiting 19th Century London when we gather to discuss Julian Fellowes' new novel Belgravia. I know I miss Downton Abbey, and although this takes place in an earlier time, this book has many of the same characteristics - lovely ladies, scheming maids and villainous men.
It also has the beautiful ambience of London, although it does mention in passing the less appealing sides of this city. Not only will we enjoy an afternoon or evening tea when we meet, but we will discuss the book, London and maybe even Brexit will come up. I wonder what the Dowager Countess would have thought of Boris Johnson?
Please join us for what is sure to be a fabulous conversation. Tuesday, August 9 at either 2pm or 6pm. No gloves necessary.
July 27, 2016
Are you going to join us? Pick your time!
We are having High Tea on Tuesday, August 9 at 2 pm and 6 pm in our Community Room to discuss Julian Fellowes' novel Belgravia. In chapter 7 of the book, likeable, if illegitimate, Charles Pope has Lady Brockenhurst, Anne Trenchard and Lady Maria Grey to tea.
If you have gotten this far in the book, you will know that this is a very interesting group, and that the tension in this room at its peak, but it is so civilized.
Tea will be served. A civil discussion will ensue and all will be right with the world. That is exactly what will happen when we all get together. Practice your pinkie lifts, and I'll see you there.
July 19, 2016
Our book choice for August is Julian Fellowes's new novel Belgravia. The reviews coming in are liking it, but calling it "Downton Abbey Light". I think they are correct, and that's one of the reasons I have chosen it.
This is Summertime, and although we may not be at the beach, I think a beach read is just what we need. What is important to note is that light as it may be, this is a great fun book, and if you are reading it through the "app" you are getting all kinds of wonderful information about the life in the times of the book.
I know, for instance, that many of you are worried about what you will do when invited to a grand country house for the weekend. Do you bring one or two maids? How many day dresses will you need? Fortunately, Fellowes has assembled a team to help you get through these difficult times.
If you do have plans for a country house weekend, I hope you will be back in town by August 9 so that you can attend our Face to Face discussion of this very fun book. Please sign up for the time you wish (2 pm or 6 pm) on the website. We'll see you there.
July 13, 2016
Our event with author J. Ryan Stradal was a huge hit. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. We look forward to hearing more from this rising star.
For August, we are going to delve into Julian Fellowes’ Belgravia. Fellowes, author and mastermind of Downton Abbey has given us an extraordinary look into the lives of people in London around the time of the famous Battle of Waterloo. This battle was not so good for Napoleon, but it made the Duke of Wellington a hero. It also brought the rise in fortunes to many and the end of lives to others. The book gets its title from the privileged neighborhood near Buckingham Palace in London.
Belgravia was published as a serial, in the manner of Dickens, and the book is now available in several forms. You can read it on your e-readers, tablets or computers or in regular hardback book format.
I recently visited London, and I’ll have some photos for you of important locations in the book. Join me at one of our two meetings on Tuesday, August 9.