If you like sharing your thoughts about books, then a book club is just for you. It gives you an opportunity to discuss what excite, move or annoy you about a book in a relaxed and informal setting. You may find yourself reading books you wouldn't normally touch or recommending books that had an impact on you. Whatever book is selected there is always a lively discussion following it.
Author of the month: Oscar Wilde
Born in Dublin on 16 October 1854, Oscar Wilde was a flamboyant and sparklingly witty Anglo-Irish playwright, poet and critic. Wilde shone at both Trinity College, Dublin and Magdalen College, Oxford. In London, he was a famous proponent of aestheticism, the controversial theory of art. A collection of poems (1881) was followed by The Happy Prince and Other Tales (1888) as well as lectures and essays promoting his ideas of art and beauty. In 1884, he married Constance Lloyd, with whom he had two sons. He published his Faustian novel The Picture of Dorian Gray in 1890, and fell in love with the much younger Lord Alfred Douglas.He then began a double life: winning fame and fortune with three hugely successfulsociety comedies, Lady Windermere's Fan (1892), An Ideal Husband (1895) and The Importance of Being Earnest (1895). He spent two years in prison, most of it in Reading Gaol, where he wrote De Profundis; in the month of his release he composed The Ballad of Reading Gaol. Bankrupt and shunned by society, his health broken by imprisonment, he spent the rest of his life in Europe. He died in Paris on 30 November 1900 aged 46.
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