THE HIGH LIFE: Written by Holly Stevenson
Armed with seven copies of Paula Hawkin’s debut novel, The Girl On The Train, Spalding High School’s Book Club, a group of around eight girls from year ten, returned to its nest in Penningtons Coffee Shop for the third time following its relaunch in the summer term of the previous academic year.
Accompanied by the traditional warm chocolate brownies and ice cream, the girls and English teacher, Mrs Rossi, sat in the secluded garden area to divulge their thoughts on the fast-paced thriller.
Discussing parallels between this book and others from its genre, for example that after which it was dubbed ‘the next Gone Girl’, the students were able to share their thoughts and develop understanding of the novel by reflecting upon points of interest and debating relationships, themes and aspects of the book that intrigued them.
Narrated by a mentally unstable alcoholic, an outspoken cheat and a petty liar intent on ridding herself of her past, the book is comprised of intriguing and bold alternating diary entries of the seemingly unlinked women that, as the book progresses, become more and more intertwined until the gripping end.
Being the first crime thriller the club has studied, the girls enjoyed their ability to compare The Girl On The Train to historical fiction and young adult novels and contrast the styles with each other.
Choosing a new book each time, the group of Year 10s put forward suggestions for books at the end of the hour-long meetings and are eagerly anticipating the next book club in four weeks on crime novel, The Sisters by Claire Douglas.
Remaining ever-popular, the Book Club serves as a highly useful way for students to share ideas and learn more from books they read in a relaxed environment surrounded by their peers.
Lecturing On Tragedy
Monday, September 14, saw English teacher, Mr Isted, give a well-anticipated lecture to the A2, AS and GCSE English students on the aspects of tragedy.
Taking the evolution of tragedy from the time of Plato and Aristotle to Eugene O’Neill and Tenessee Williams, the head of department analysed numerous angles of tragedy – for example the tradition of a protagonist’s hamartia, middle age tragedy and the pairing of that and romanticism in Shakespeare’s plays.
Informative and enriching, the lecture provided students with knowledge prior to their studying of tragedy, and will be followed by one on Gothic tradition next term.