Bitch Lit Book Club: The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy

Thursday 13th December 18:30 - 20:00 at London - Gower Street

BITCH LIT is a monthly book club devoted to new feminist writing and cult classics by women. Join us for  wine and irreverent, fun discussion led by literary critic Lucy Scholes.


On December 13th we will be discussing Elaine Dundy’s The Dud Avocado, which was published in 1958 to rave reviews and remains a timeless portrait of a woman hellbent on living. Sally Jay Gorce is a woman with a mission. It's the 1950s, she's young, and she's in Paris. Having dyed her hair pink, she wears evening dresses in the daytime and embarks on an educational programme that includes an affair with a married man, nights in cabarets and jazz clubs, an entanglement with a charming psychopath and a bit part in a film financed by a famous matador. But an education like this doesn't come cheap. Will our heroine be forced back to the States to fulfill her destiny as a librarian, or can she keep up her whirlwind Parisian existence?


Numbers strictly limited, please book promptly to avoid disappointment. Tickets are £8/6(students), and include soft drinks and wine. Book online, in store or by phoning 020 7636 1577.


Previous Bitch Lit titles:

I Love Dick - Chris Kraus
Negroland - Margot Jefferson
By Grand Central Station I Sat Down And Wept - Elizabeth Smart
Difficult Women - Roxane Gay
You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine - Alexandra Kleeman 
Fun Home - Alison Bechdel 
The Pumpkin Eater - Penelope Mortimer 
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
The Power - Naomi Alderman 
The Awakening - Kate Chopin 
Passing - Nella Larsen 
The Red Parts - Maggie Nelson 
Lolly Willowes - Sylvia Townsend Warner
Margaret the First - Danielle Dutton 
Stet - Diana Athill
Abandon - Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay
All Grown Up - Jami Attenberg
Kitchen - Banana Yoshimoto

The Liars’ Club - Mary Karr

Men We Reaped – by Jesmyn Ward

Problems – Jade Sharma

Cassandra at the Wedding – Dorothy Baker

The Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula Le Guin

Oreo – Fran Ross

London - Gower Street Waterstones, London - Gower Street
Thursday 13th December 18:30 - 20:00

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