Daylesford Book Club

Book for April 2024

The House of Doors

Willie Somerset Maugham is one of the greatest writers of the early twentieth century.  But in 1921 he is beleaguered by an unhappy marriage, ill health and business interests that have gone badly awry.  He is also struggling to write.  His friends Robert Hamlyn offers an escape in the Straits Settlements of Penang, where Robert's steely wife Lesly learns to see Willie as he is - a man who has no choice but to mask his true self.

As  Willie prepares to leave, Lesly confides in him secrets of her own, including how she came to know the charismatic revolutionary Dr Sun Yat Sen.  And more scandalous still, her connection to an English woman charged with murder in the Kuala Lumpur courts - a tragedy drawn from fact, and worthy of fiction

The book club meets monthly. Our next meeting is on Wednesday 24th April 2024 at 10.00am at the farm shop at Daylesford Organic.

Daylesford Book Club is a combined venture between Daylesford Organic and the Borzoi Bookshop.    We meet at 10.00am in the farm shop on the last Wednesday of every month (excluding December).  

Book Club books can be purchased from the Borzoi by clicking here.  Book club members receive a 15% discount on the price of the book.

If you are interested please contact us.