Read dating people

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The evening started with a £3 fee, a sticky name-tag, an empty-crib-sheet for notes, two opposing rows of 10 chairs, and a glass of wine. The organiser, Laura, recognised me by my bookMervyn Peake’sLetters from a lost uncle

Soon the evening was buzzing with quick animated talk as we used our 2 minute timed slots to promote our favourite book to each other. 20 people, each with 2 minutes to entice another person to read their favourite book. At the end of the 40 minutes we all voted for the book we liked-best.

A fascinating cross section of books, people and Library staff. All personable, quirky and good natured. And me. Organising this diverse collection of literary enthusiasts is a challenge. The Reading Central library team failed with flare and  improvised with charming grace.

For people that want a novel introduction to a range of books, to meet local people, and have a good swig of wine thrown in, this is an excellent event.

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Two minute book promotion techniques varied from reading 4 pages of bulleted notes on a book I’d been given as an 18th birthday present, read, and loved (Lynne’s Gormenghast trilogy) to Marie Claire’s brief, almost self-apologetic, statement ‘Its like a soap opera, its about people‘ (Men from the boys by Tony Parsons).

Adam produced a polished, yet souless, advocation of Wuthering Heights. If I hadn’t already read the book his persepctive ofnHeathcliffe as misunderstood by the general reading public would have put me off reading it. Adam had no sense of tailoring his delivery to the audience, to me. His delivery felt cold, dispassionate.

Arathy bought the book that had changed her life ‘The science of self realisation‘ by his divine grace Srila Prabhupada. Ernestly she showed me chapter headings and managed to talk in a way that I found difficult to follow. I tried asking her questions about how it had changed her life but she didn’t manage to give me an insight into her revelations, her life before and her life after the change. I was pleased for her discovery but not persuaded that this book would engage me.

During a mid-session break I uncovered snippits of these people’s lives, an emigrant from Australia, an unemployed teenager from Henley-on-Thames, and a mother who’s children had recently left home learning German to fill the gap. No-one asked about me. Even in the midst of lively conversations my ability to feel invisible seeps in.

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4 bits of lovely banter on “Read dating people”

  1. Scarlet writes:

    Sounds like a good idea for a night out. Did no-one ask why you loved Letters from a Lost Uncle? I love that book… but I think I was a lot in love with the illustrations.
    Sx

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    wendy writes

    I gushed about the ‘letters from a lost uncle’ read swear words ‘Oh Blubber!’ in my best Excentric Uncle accent and showed the pictures. People looked entertained, so it was good fun.

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  2. Happy Frog and I writes:

    I really enjoyed this post till the end. Then I felt sad. Then I remembered it’s their loss for not asking about you. You are one of the most interesting, kind and lovely people I have ever met. You are anything but invisible. Definitely their loss.

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    wendy writes

    HF & I – Wendy House open position for ghost auto-biographer could be closed, just say the word and the jobs yours! 🙂

    The invisibleness is my perception, not necesarily real, I suspect I’m actually quite loud and intrusive, while feeling invisible.

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