Lessing becomes Escabeche book group’s December read


The book group at Escabeche, West Bridgford’s freshly cooked tapas bar and restaurant, has selected its book for the month ahead: Doris Lessing’s ‘The Good Terrorist’. The Escabeche Book Group will meet on Monday December 9th at 7.30pm for a drink and a chat, sharing their thoughts on this tome from the recently deceased icon of British literature.

Lessing’s Booker Prize shortlister is a story of a well-intentioned revolutionary, Alice, who lives in a north London squat with a motley bunch of fellow militants. Caring, passionate, tireless, Alice finds herself gradually drawn into violence as the bourgeois revolutionaries’ naive fantasies turn into the chaos of real murder.

The book group have met each month, upstairs at Escabeche, since July 2012 and have, as well as chatting, scored each book out of 100. In order of preference, the Escabeche book club have read: The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (73/100); A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon (69); The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (65); The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver; Beauty by Raphael Seabourne (62); Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (62); Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (61); The 100 Year Old Man Who Jumped out of a Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson (58); Dark Winter by David Mark (52); Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell (50); Idiopathy by Sam Byers (45) and The Shack by William P. Young (23).

Escabeche book group member Paul Reaney commented: “New Escabeche book group members are always welcome, simply give the book a read, come along and tell us what you think. More details available from Escabeche at info@escabeche.co.uk”