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Fred. Olsen Book Club

Fred. Olsen Book Club

With ample time and space to relax, many of our Guests make the most of the opportunity to get stuck in to a good book during a cruise holiday on board one of Fred. Olsen’s smaller, friendlier ships. This is why to enhance reading enrichment further, we have introduced the Fred. Olsen Book Club on selected sailings, a chance to talk all things ‘bookish’ with like-minded people.

Hosted by the Cruise Director and Entertainments Team, the Book Club provides a welcoming, social space in which you can openly and informally discuss thoughts and views on bestselling lighter reads, crime-thrillers and traditional or contemporary classics. Specific categories and titles to discuss at the Book Club on each cruise are chosen in advance and listed below, allowing you time to purchase and read the books before you set sail. These books will also be available from your ship’s Port Shop, should you wish to wait until you’re on board to join in the fun.

So, if you love a good book while discovering the world with Fred. Olsen, what better way to indulge your passion than joining your friends and fellow guests at the Book Club? We look forward to welcoming you!

Fred. Olsen Book Club

Book Title: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Author: Gail Honeyman

British Book Awards Debut Book of the Year and Overall Winner 2018

“If someone asks you how you are, you are meant to say FINE.” Eleanor Oliphant

It was only a matter of time before someone wrote about being lonely and Gail Honeyman has done it in the most wonderful way, through a most unlikely heroine.

Many of us will have come across an Eleanor Oliphant in the workplace, the quiet one who keeps themselves to themselves, the one who never gets involved and the one whose personal life is a mystery. Eleanor’s desperate loneliness is discernible, for a time you may question whether there is something wrong with Eleanor, from her obsession with a seemingly unattainable rock star, to finding an unlikely friend in a work colleague, to her disturbing relationship with her Mother, you begin to empathise with Eleanor and cannot help but grow to love her. [ReadMoreMob]

It becomes apparent that in the absence of social interactions, our ability to assess what is socially acceptable becomes blurry at best. Eleanor and her new friend-come-acquaintance, Raymond, the scruffy IT guy from the workplace happen to help an elderly gentlemen called Sammy after a fall, from here on out Eleanor discovers fulfilment can come in many guises, and that it’s ok not to be fine.

Honeyman’s telling of Eleanor’s journey is beautifully written, invoking heartbreak and empathy, and despite them coming at Eleanor’s expense, there are a lot of laugh out loud moments too. An insightful work of fiction that will resonate with readers of all ages who have ever felt the slightest pang of loneliness or isolation.

This book will be one of three titles discussed at the Book Club on all cruises of seven nights or longer, from cruises M1830, D1825, L1836 & W1825 onwards.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Book Title: The Liar's Room

Author: Simon Lelic

With the Liar’s Room, Simon Lelic has firmly cemented himself as a giant of the psychological thriller genre. This is the epitome of a page-turner and one of those books that will keep you up past your bedtime, hanging on to the edge of your seat.

The novel is constructed around one room and the strained conversation of lies between the counsellor and the counselled as each one attempts to keep the upper hand on the other. It has been described as a claustrophobic read with a fascinating insight into the mind of a liar.

Susanna is a counsellor with a deep, dark secret, a secret that required her to up and leave her old life and start afresh with a new identity. Her daughter Emily is her world and Susanna lives only to keep Emily safe. [ReadMoreMob]

Adam is Susanna’s first new client of the day. He seems familiar. Susanna feels like she knows him, especially when he starts to talk. When Adam tells her about a girl he wants to hurt, the realisation takes hold in a terrifyingly gradual way, Susanna’s secret and her daughter are in danger.

Lelic is a clever writer, comfortable with the uncomfortable nature of his genre and has the highly sought after skill of keeping his readers guessing.

This book will be one of three titles discussed at the Book Club on all cruises of seven nights or longer, from cruises M1830, D1825, L1836 & W1825 onwards.

The Liar's Room

 

Book Title: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

Author: Mark Haddon

Christopher John Francis Boone is not the average fifteen year old. His understanding of human emotions is limited to none, yet he relates well to animals, too much social stimulation makes him feel nauseous, his fears, difficulties and logical brain mean he struggles to interpret the world around him and…he knows every prime number up to 7,057.

When Christopher discovers the dead body of the neighbour’s dog speared by a garden fork, he comes under suspicion, panic sets in and as a Policeman innocently touches him he strikes the officer and is arrested! Released with a caution, Christopher takes it upon himself to investigate the big black poodle’s death in the style of his favourite author, Sherlock Holmes, thus begins an overwhelming adventure full of revelations. Is Christopher’s Mother truly dead and was she the faithful wife he imagined she was, has his father been lying to him all this time and who really killed Wellington, the neighbour’s dog. [ReadMoreMob]

A delightfully descriptive and amusing novel about difference and being an outsider through the eyes of an innocent yet challenged mind with a literal view on the world.

This book will be one of three titles discussed at the Book Club on all cruises of seven nights or longer, from cruises M1830, D1825, L1836 & W1825 onwards.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time