B2S Book Club June Pick: On Chesil Beach

It’s our monthly B2S Book Club, where we discuss a recent film adaptation and the book it’s based on! The club is run by our fellow blogger Tom Out.

The book/film pick for June will be On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan (Dial Press, 2008). We will meet at the Southbank Centre by the Central Bar on June 19th at 7pm. For those not in London please feel free to discuss the book/film below and we will attempt to do a recording of the group to post!


It is July 1962. Edward and Florence, young innocents married that morning, arrive at a hotel on the Dorset coast. At dinner in their rooms they struggle to suppress their private fears of the wedding night to come and, unbeknownst to them both, the events of the evening will haunt them for the rest of their lives.

It stars Saoirse Ronan and Dunkirk‘s Billy Howle, with Emily Watson, Anne-Marie Duff, Samuel West and Adrian Scarborough. It was adapted author Ian McEwan. Dominic Cooke directed the film, he is known for his work at the National Theatre, and recently directed the mini-series The Hollow Crown. It is co-produced by BBC and Number 9 Films.

We always encourage you to support your local independent bookseller in purchasing the book and independent cinemas in your viewing!

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Last month we discussed The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society. We were completely charmed by the book, but we felt the film was such a reductive version of a wonderful story. It took a story about a community healing from the trauma of the war and turned it into a clichéd romance. Click here to hear some of our discussion about the book and film.

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