Ian McEwan's The Cockroach - Thursdays from 30th November

Ian McEwan's The Cockroach - Thursdays from 30th November

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Read and discuss this funny satire about UK politics by master story teller Ian McEwan


  • Join this book club and gain extra motivation to read in English
  • 3 hours of live classes to help you develop fluent speaking in English
  • Discuss Brexit, and satire in this humorous, comic short story
  • Be corrected by an expert English teacher to remove errors and mistakes

Practise and develop your English online in this 3 week English book club course  featuring Ian McEwan's The Cockroach.  Each week you read some chapters, discuss them in class and improve specific areas of vocabulary or grammar while also examining literary aspects of the novel.  Personalised feedback improves your grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.

The Book Club book

The first line of this book references Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis: "That morning, Jim Sams, clever but by no means profound, woke from uneasy dreams to find himself transformed into a gigantic creature."   However, unlike Kafka, our protagonist is a cockroach transformed into a human - and this human is the British Prime Minister!  

We follow Jim in his mission to carry out the "will of the people", overcoming all the obstacles in his way.  Ian McEwan is a masterful story teller, and this story has this 
trademark intelligence, insight and wit.  If you wonder how Britain managed to end its successful 40 year old relationship with the European Union - this is a book you should read!

Geoff says:

"This book shares something with Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels - it's a biting political satire, written in elegant prose, and raising important questions about how we got to Brexit and beyond.  Highly recommended to understand recent UK politics!"   

Only 8 places available.  Click Add to Cart to reserve your place.

The Book

  • Genre: Humorous fiction, Political fiction
  • Language: British English
  • Suitable for: Advanced readers in English
  • Level: Advanced C2
  • Text: Original 
  •  32,591 words (average weekly read: 50 pages) 

Date & time

  • Thursdays from 30th November - 14th December
  • 17.30 CET (Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Rome & most EU)
  • 16.30 (UTC+0/GMT+0) London, UK, Portugal
  • 18.30 Greece, Ukraine
  • 19.30 Turkey, Saudi Arabia
Age  18+

Online class size

Maximum 8 participants, on Zoom, using break-out rooms for increased speaking and discussion

What you learn

  • To confidently speak and debate with others
  • To overcome any gaps by paraphrasing or rephrasing
  • To eradicate errors in grammar and pronunciation 
  • To develop and extend areas of high level vocabulary
  • To be immersed in the natural patterns of English syntax
  • To gain a deeper understanding of cultural issues
  • To perfect & enhance your English through summarising
Your teacher
  • Geoff Hardy-Gould, BSc, MBA, CTEFLA, DTEFLA. 
  • Over 20 years' experience of UK language schools. 
  • Speaker at IATEFL 2023 Conference Literature & Technology event; The Extensive Reading Foundation Conference 2022; TESOL Italia 2021.