The Christmas Club by Stephen Price

imageChristmas 1988 and 6 friends in their 20s head off to an isolated old house in Donegal for Christmas. Over two weeks spent eating, drinking and basically being people in their 20s, entirely cut off from the rest of the world, the house seems to cast a spell on them. Afterwards their lives take them in different directions but they always have the memory of the Pier House. 13 years after they all last saw each other they reunite at the Pier House for what may turn out to be one reunion too many.

There is a phrase which runs through the book. “Tempus mutantur, nos et mutantur in illis” which means “Time changes and we change with it”. To a certain extent it’s true. Our lives move on and we change, but only to a point. We mature, we gain wisdom, but who we are remains essentially the same. This is true of the 6 friends. In the 13 years since they last all saw each other, their lives have taken very different paths, but the reality is they are still the same people they were in their 20s. The leader, the manipulator, the steady one etc. This is a great book about friendship, coming of age, and the lengths people will go to get what they want.

Rating: 4/5


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