B2S Book Club January Pick: Mary Queen of Scots

Hope everyone is having an amazing holiday break! We’ve so loved 2018’s year of books 2 screens with The Guernsey Literary & Potatoe Peel Society, On Chesil Beach, A Prayer Before Dawn, BlacKkKlansman, Crazy Rich Asians, The Hate U Give, Wildlife, and To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. And of course, you can listen to some of our discussions over on SoundCloud.  

We announced our first 2019 book last month as it’s a big one, and we’ll need as much time as we can get to get through it – Mary Queen of Scots by John Guy (2014, Houghton Mifflin)! All 600 some pages of it. 

We will meet at the Southbank Centre by the Central Bar on January 31st at 7pm.

For those not in London please feel free to discuss the book/film below and we will post a recording of the group to post!

A long-overdue and dramatic reinterpretation of the life of Mary, Queen of Scots by one of the leading historians at work today. The life of Mary Stuart is one of unparalleled drama and conflict. From the labyrinthine plots laid by the Scottish lords to wrest power for themselves, to the efforts made by Elizabeth’s ministers to invalidate Mary’s legitimate claim to the English throne.

It stars Saoirse Ronan as Mary Stuart and Margot Robbie as Queen Elisabeth I. 

It was adapted by Beau Willimon (House of Cards, The First). It is directed by Josie Rourke, this is directorial film debut and is well known for her work on the West End. The film is produced by Focus Features, Perfect World Pictures and Working Title 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 To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. London was in full Holiday revelry as we recorded this discussion, so apologies for the background noise. 

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