Alumni Book Club
Read and connect with your fellow alumni
Join fellow Cambridge alumni in stimulating discussions about our bimonthly book selection. Discussions will be moderated by a dedicated group leader who will share additional content and ask questions to prompt debate.
January to March 2021
The Pull of the Stars: A Novel by Emma Donoghue (Girton 1990)
In an Ireland doubly ravaged by war and disease, Nurse Julia Power works at an understaffed hospital in the city centre, where expectant mothers who have come down with the terrible new flu are quarantined together. Into Julia's regimented world step two outsiders: Doctor Kathleen Lynn, a rumoured Rebel on the run from the police , and a young volunteer helper, Bridie Sweeney.
Suggested Reading Schedule
By January 21st, finish reading the first half of Part I: Red
By January 28th, finish reading Part I: Red
By February 4th, finish reading Part II: Brown
By February 18th, finish reading Part III: Blue
By March 4th, you’ve finished reading the book and are ready to join the End-of-Book Discussion
The first book has been pre-selected in order to get the Club up and running. Thereafter alumni will be able to vote during each reading period to choose the next book. The selection of books on offer will be based on participants’ interests.
Alumni are responsible for sourcing their own books.
Participants can either buy, borrow or download a copy of the chosen book.
No, the book club will be entirely online. The advantage of this is that alumni living all over the world can participate, meaning we will get diverse perspectives on the texts we read.
Our book club will have a dedicated moderator who manages the forum where discussions occur online. The moderator will pose questions to the group, share relevant articles, and facilitate conversation about topics in the book. Members will be encouraged to post and share as well. This format allows for ongoing conversation and makes it easy for alumni to connect with each other.
Books will be read every two months.
If you have on average 30 minutes a week to read you should be fine. There is no required level of participation in group discussions; if don’t have time to read one of the books that's okay. The goal of the club is to make connections with other alumni through reading, so if you don’t have time to read one of the books, that’s ok.
Participation is free for Cambridge alumni.
Readers are responsible for buying, borrowing or downloading the texts we read.