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First Thursday Book Group Met on the 5th of May

By Lambeth Autism Group, May 14 2016 05:23PM

Dear Readers

The First Thursday Book Group met on the 5th of May. It was election night and we got in the voting mood:

Reading Lolita in Tehran

We discussed “Reading Lolita in Tehran” by Azar Nafisi and after discussing freedoms in Iran and in London we voted on whether the book was a First Thursday Book Group hit, or not, in a close run poll: 4 people didn’t vote, 5 abstained, 3 voted against, if my memory serves me, and if the scribbles in my note book means anything, 6 people voted it a hit. In time honoured first-past-the-post fashion I therefore declare “Reading Lolita in Tehran” a Book Group hit.

Our June Book

We also voted on what our next book should be. Andrew our librarian had found two choices for us so Graeme Green went head to head with Philip K. Dick. Dick’s “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep” which was made into the film “Bladerunner" was pipped to the post by 9 votes to 5 (4 people chose not to vote). So our June book is Graeme Green’s “Our Man in Havana”.

Alec Guinness played the man in Havana in the screen adaptation of this tale of intrigue, a yarn which, as Wayne pointed out last night, will get us all in the mood for casting our votes again in June’s referendum.

Houses of Parliament - Autism Friendliness

A big thank you to Thomas who gave a thorough and insightful account of his involvement in assessing how autism friendly it is for citizens to visit the Houses of Parliament. In due course Thomas’s report will be on our Book Group Facebook page.

Book Group Goes Digital

Finally don’t forget that Book Group has gone digital.

We have a new Twitter account - thanks David.

To see the site go to

If you have a Twitter account you can follow the book group on Twitter, and be sent updates when new information is added to the site.

We also have a Facebook page - thanks again David.

Go to to see the page.

To add comments to the page log on to your own Facebook account and visit the page.

Rest assured that these are closed groups. All internet users can see basic details about the group but the messages sent on the sites will be seen by group members only.

Have a great month, lets go haywire while the sun shines.

Best wishes


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