The Irish Times and Eason Bookbind book club offer is back for Spring 2014.
Each week an award-winning, popular or critically acclaimed book will feature as part of this offer with a saving of at least 50 per cent on the RRP cover price when you buy the book with a copy of The Irish Times. Please check The Irish Times books section regularly for details of the latest book on offer.
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This week's book:
12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
Available from Saturday 22nd February -
Friday 28th February
Solomon Northup was born a free man in New York State. At the age of 33 he was kidnapped in Washington D.C. and placed in an underground slave pen. Northup was transported by ship to New Orleans where he was sold into slavery. He spent the next 12 years working as a carpenter, driver, and cotton picker. This narrative reveals how Northup survived the harsh conditions of slavery, including smallpox, lashings, and an attempted hanging. Solomon Northup was among a select few who were freed from slavery. His account describes the daily life of slaves in Louisiana, their diet and living conditions, the relationship between master and slave, and how slave catchers used to recapture runaways. Northup's first person account published in 1853, was a dramatic story in the national debate over slavery that took place in the nine years leading up to the start of the American Civil War.
"When I read 12 Years a Slave for the first time, it was like the first time I read Anne Frank's diary. And I wondered to myself, 'Why isn't this book on everyone's bookshelf.' . . . For me, it's a classic. It should be in every school." Steve McQueen, director of the film adaptation of 12 Years a Slave.
The film adaptation of 12 Years a Slave is a favourite to win an Oscar in a number of categories at this year's Academy Awards.
Next week's book:
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Available from Saturday 1st March -
Friday 7th March
Lily has grown up believing she accidentally killed her mother when she was four. She not only has her own memory of holding the gun, but her father's account of the event. Now fourteen, she yearns for her mother and for forgiveness. Living on a peach farm in South Carolina with her father, she has only one friend: Rosaleen, a black servant whose sharp exterior hides a tender heart. South Carolina in the sixties is a place where segregation is still considered a cause worth fighting for. When racial tension explodes one summer afternoon and Rosaleen is arrested and beaten, Lily is compelled to act. Fugitives from justice and from Lily's harsh and unyielding father, they follow a trail left by the woman who died ten years before. Finding sanctuary in the home of three beekeeping sisters, Lily starts a journey as much about her understanding of the world, as about the mystery surrounding her mother.