November choice

November – A Beginner’s Guide to Acting English by Shappi Khorsandi


Choice of Dates in November :

Buchkantine, Dortmunder Str on Thursday, November 1st at 18.15 or The Ingeborg Drewitz library, Schloss Centre, Rathaus Steglitz on Friday November 2nd at 10.30 am or Wednesday 7th November at 18.15 or or Monday November 5th at 19.30 (contact Jan for details).

Please let me know which group you are hoping to come to! Thanks again for some really great discussions.


In December we’re discussing The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey.

About the November choice:

Comedian Shappi Khorsandi returns to the primary school where she arrived as a refugee, after her family fled to London from Iran in 1982, to try her hand at teaching a PSHE – citizenship lesson. Comedian Shappi Khorsandi returns to the primary school where she arrived as a refugee after her family fled to London from Iran in 1982 to try her hand at teaching a PSHE – citizenship lesson.

Shappi Khorsandi

was born in 1973 in Tehran and moved to London with her family in 1976 who were exiled after the revolution of 1979. She studied drama at university and has now been a stand-up for over ten years. She has performed all over the world including her annual sell-out run at the Edinburgh festival. She has appeared on countless radio and television programmes including Just a Minute, The News Quiz, The Now Show, Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo, Question Time and Newsnight Review. She lives in West London with her husband and son.

This memoir by comedienne Shappi Khorsandi documents her arrival and early to teen years in the UK trying to fit in. More poignant than laugh-out-loud funny, more tragic and beautiful than punchline-fodder, the book approaches the immigrant experience with a fresh yet familiar take, using a backdrop of England and classic Englishisms to tell a story about Irani protagonists.


Britain’s best young female comic by any yardstick (Guardian)[Shappi] has a fascinating story to tell, married to one of the warmest, most engaging performance styles I have seen (Observer)Shappi Khorsandi has been an endearing Iranian voice on the stand-up circuit for a number of years. This memoir arguably provides a better platform for her wealth of stories (Metro)A touching memoir (Independent)

Written with an admirable lightness of touch and a novelist’s eye for comic detail (Observer)

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

Eowyn (pronounced A-o-win) Ivey was raised in Alaska and continues to live there with her husband and two daughters. Her mother named her after a character from J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.

This is her debut novel.The Snow Child is informed by Eowyn’s life in Alaska. Her husband is a fishery biologist with the state of Alaska.

In her haunting, evocative debut Eowyn Ivey stakes her claim on a Russian fairy tale, daring the reader–and the characters–to be lulled into thinking they know the ending. But, as with the Alaskan wilderness, there’s far more here than meets the eye. On the surface it’s the story of a childless pioneer couple running from their East Coast lives and struggling to survive in the harshest of climates while also attempting to reconnect with each other; but it’s also the story of the spring of hope that bubbles out of new friendships, of the slow realization of love for a surrogate child, of the ties between man and nature. Ivey spares no words in describing the beauty and the danger of her native Alaska, bringing the sheer magnitude of the wilderness alive on every page. With the transparent prose of a fairy tale and descriptions to put nature writing to shame, The Snow Child immerses readers in a 1920s Alaska that will draw them back again and again.


“If Willa Cather and Gabriel Garcia Marquez had collaborated on a book, THE SNOW CHILD would be it. It is a remarkable accomplishment — a combination of the most delicate, ethereal, fairytale magic and the harsh realities of homesteading in the Alaskan wilderness in 1918. Stunningly conceived, beautifully told, this story has the intricate fragility of a snowflake and the natural honesty of the dirt beneath your feet, the unnerving reality of a dream in the night. It fascinates, it touches the heart. It gallops along even as it takes time to pause at the wonder of life and the world in which we live. And it will stir you up and stay with you for a long, long time.” (Robert Goolrick, New York Times bestselling author of A Reliable Wife)

“THE SNOW CHILD is enchanting from beginning to end. Ivey breathes life into an old tale and makes it as fresh as the season’ s first snow. Simply lovely.” (Keith Donohue, New York Times bestselling author of The Stolen Child)

“A transporting tale . . . an amazing achievement.” (Sena Jeter Naslund, New York Times bestselling author)

“This book is real magic, shot through from cover to cover with the cold, wild beauty of the Alaskan frontier. Eowyn Ivey writes with all the captivating delicacy of the snowfalls she so beautifully describes.” (Ali Shaw)

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