Welcome to the Galley Beggar Press


WELCOME! This is a special Galley Beggar Press Book Club, set up to help those who’d like a few friends as they navigate their way through Lucy Ellmann’s 1000-page Ducks, Newburyport. Everyone is welcome to join (and we’d actively like you too: so please, jump aboard!). All you need to do to get going is head to the General Forum (click here, or on the button below), read the house rules, and type in your first comment. The Book Club has been set up so that readers can join on an ongoing basis, though the aim is to read Ducks, Newburyport from now (July-August) through the summer, early autumn months – and onwards.

OK. A word on general organisation. The Ducks Book Club is three-pronged. First and foremost, we’ve set up a General Forum (again, here, or click on the button below) which people can log-on to for comments, ruminations, updates, and broad discussion. We anticipate this being the main meeting point for readers (a bit like Central Perk for bookworms). Then, ancillary to this, are some additional threads organised by page number (which you can access via the buttons at the bottom of this page). These are for any comments with spoilers.* (*The idea of spoilers might seem strange, for a book like Ducks – but we promise you, a very definite story unfolds, and there are a few surprises along the way.) We’ll be checking in on these on an ongoing basis – although if you do post on these pages, it might be worth letting the General Forum know you’ve posted there, so people don’t miss it. Finally, we understand the attractions of real-time discussion. So, each Sunday, from 20:00-21:00 – and if there are enough Book Club participants available, any given week – we’ll set up a live chat session.

This is the first time that Galley Beggar Press has hosted a bookclub. It’s a work in progress, which we’re keen to tweak and hone – so please do make comments and suggestions, and please do make us happy, by getting involved. We’ll also be joining in with discussions – and (we hope) might be able to offer some extra insight into Ducks, Newburyport, without hampering open and forthright discussion. (A book like Ducks should inspire ferocity and debate, and you shouldn’t feel the need to tiptoe around us. … Having said that, we are extremely proud publishers!)

Right. Let’s get to it. All aboard. And buttons, below: