English Literature Club on Social/Medical Topics

English Literature Club on Social/Medical Topics

Let's talk about literature!

Our vibrant online book club is a treasure trove for enthusiasts of autobiographies, fiction based on historical figures, and pivotal developments that shaped our world. We convene once a month in a welcoming and inclusive environment where the love for reading and spirited discussion transcends the pages of the books we explore. Our club thrives on diversity—not just of the books we read but also of the perspectives and insights our members bring to each meeting.

Whether you're a voracious reader or someone who enjoys the essence of storytelling and historical narratives, our club is designed to cater to all. We believe in the joy of reading together and the value of discussions that wander beyond the book's confines, enriching our understanding and appreciation of the narrative and its context. Participation in our discussions doesn't require completing the book, allowing members to engage at their own pace and comfort level.

In the upcoming months, we have a compelling lineup of books that promise to ignite fascinating debates and deepen our understanding of different epochs and characters:

19th March 2024: "A Few Short Notes on Tropical Butterflies" by John Murray, India. Cholera, other countries, missions, changing countries, America during the Vietnam War. A very good book on points of view on roots, intercultural differences, and social adjustments.

16th April 2024: "The Way of All Flesh" by Ambrose Parry, Edinburgh, murdered whores and the invention of ether, hospitals and home births, social classes, medical households with specialist gatherings, and developing medication. An extremely good read!

14th May 2024: "The Empress and the English Doctor" by Lucy Ward, is an account of how a Quaker doctor, Thomas Dimsdale, was invited to treat Catherine the Great in Russia in the 18th century to protect her from smallpox. High stakes indeed because if it went wrong not only Dimsdale would have been in danger but also Russia. So, vaccination and international politics involving Russia - how topical!

11th June 2024: "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot, a journalist tries to link to the family of He La whose cells were treated worldwide without her explicit consent and without remuneration for her family. A great true story of a black family with lots of social insights, failings and chances.


Join us as we delve into these remarkable narratives, discovering hidden gems of history and the intricate tapestry of human life across different times and places. Our book club is more than just a reading group; it's a community where each book is a new adventure, and every meeting is an opportunity to share, learn, and connect with fellow book lovers.

Each meeting is set up separately and is booked individually. Externals please contact A.Hagenberg directly.

19.03.2024 19:30 - 22:00
16.04.2024 19:30 - 22:00
14.05.2024 19:30 - 22:00
11.06.2024 19:30 - 22:00

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Annegret Hagenberg

Dein Experte

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Annegret Hagenberg

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 Diverse Literary Exploration: The book club's focus on autobiographies and historical fiction provides an excellent opportunity to dive into a wide array of cultures, historical periods, and personal narratives. This diversity in reading material enriches your knowledge and understanding of the world, offering insights into the lives of historical figures, groundbreaking developments, and the human condition across different eras and geographies.

Vibrant Discussions: The club's structure encourages lively and open-ended discussions that go beyond the book's content. This approach fosters a deeper engagement with the material, allowing members to connect the themes of the books to broader historical, ethical, and social issues. It's an excellent way to develop critical thinking and gain new perspectives from fellow readers.

Inclusive Participation: Recognizing that life can be busy, the club welcomes members to join discussions whether they have finished the book or not. This inclusive policy ensures that everyone can participate in the conversation, share their thoughts, and benefit from the discussion, making the club accessible to all, regardless of their reading pace or available time.

Community and Connection: Joining the book club allows you to become part of a community of like-minded individuals who share a passion for reading and learning. It's a wonderful way to make new friends, engage in meaningful conversations, and feel connected to a group, especially in an online setting where geographical boundaries are irrelevant. The club offers a sense of belonging and an opportunity to regularly interact with others in a supportive and intellectually stimulating environment.