Would you like to be part of our Big Book Club?
Do you like reading the occasional book? Would you like to connect with other Colyton parents? Then maybe our Book Club is for you.
We have nine branches in the locations listed below and over 120 registered members. We take it in turns to choose the books we read and each group meets every half-term to discuss the previous title. Our groups meet in each others homes or in pubs or other social spaces. We are very friendly and inclusive and it’s a lovely way to meet other parents who you wouldn’t normally come across. If we don”t have a branch in your area we would love to hear from you as we are always looking to extend the Club where needed.
We have branches for the areas around:
~ Honiton/Ottery St Mary
~ West Hill
~ Sidmouth/ Newton Poppleford
Our groups feedback thoughts on each title and these reviews are published on our Facebook page and this website. Once a year we aim to have a Big Read where all the groups meet together in Cottrill Hall to listen to a visiting author. If you would like more information, please email Rebecca Russell, PA Secretary at email@example.comJoin the Book Club
Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari
In Homo Deus, historian Harari sets out his vision of the non-too-distant future. War is obsolete. Famine is disappearing. Death is just a technical problem. He describes the book as an examination of “what might happen to the world when old myths are coupled with new godlike technologies, such as artificial intelligence and genetic engineering”.
What will happen to democracy when Google and Facebook come to know our likes and our political preferences better than we know them ourselves? What will happen to the welfare state when computers push humans out of the job market and create a massive new “useless class”? How might Islam handle genetic engineering? Will Silicon Valley end up producing new religions, rather than just novel gadgets?
As Homo sapiens becomes Homo deus, what new destinies will we set for ourselves? As the self-made gods of planet earth, which projects should we undertake, and how will we protect this fragile planet and humankind itself from our own destructive powers? The book Homo Deus gives us a glimpse of the dreams and nightmares that will shape the 21st century.