June’s book: The Dinner by Herman Koch

It’s been very quiet in Lausanne Book Club world. That means it’s been incredibly busy in my world. I don’t think I’ve had a second to myself for the last two months – and it’s not likely to change for the foreseeable future.

However, that doesn’t mean I can’t pick up a book, right? All these long haul flights have got to be good for something!

As I’m the benevolent dictator sort, I’ve chosen June’s book for everyone – The Dinner by Herman Koch.


A summer’s evening in Amsterdam and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse – the banality of work, the triviality of holidays. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened.

Each couple has a fifteen year old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable insulated worlds of their families. As the dinner reaches its culinary climax, the conversation finally touches on their children, and as civility and friendship disintegrates, each couple show just how far they are prepared to go to protect those they love.

As ever, please fill out the doodle and let me know if you can make the next meeting. If you’d like to be included in the mailing list and you’re not already, you can get me on twitter @lausannebookclub or email lausannebookclub [at] gmail [dot] com

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