Humanist Society Scotland Book Group

At the next Humanist Society scotland Book Group meeting, on Thursday 22nd July, 2021 (online via Zoom, from 7.30pm-8.30pm, with an additional half hour at the end for anyone who would like to stay on until 9pm) we will be discussing: 'In the days of rain: a daughter, a father, a cult 'by Rebecca Stott.

Rebecca was a speaker at our Humanist Society Scotland conference in 2019: Rebecca is a writer and professor of literature and creative writing at the University of East Anglia. Her memoir In The Days of Rain, is an account of her childhood growing up in the Exclusive Brethren, for this she won the 2017 Costa Book Award in the Biography category. 

In the Days of Rain is Rebecca Stott’s attempt to make sense of her childhood in the Exclusive Brethren, to understand her father’s role in the cult and in the breaking apart of her family, and to come to be at peace with her relationship with a larger-than-life figure whose faults were matched by a passion for life, a thirst for knowledge, and a love of literature and beauty. A father-daughter story as well as a memoir of growing up in a closed-off community and then finding a way out of it, this is an inspiring and beautiful account of the bonds of family and the power of self-invention.

Praise for In the Days of Rain:

“A marvelous, strange, terrifying book, somehow finding words both for the intensity of a childhood locked in a tyrannical secret world, and for the lifelong aftershocks of being liberated from it.”—Francis Spufford, author of Golden Hill

“Writers are forged in strange fires, but none stranger than Rebecca Stott’s. By rights, her memoir of her father and her early childhood inside a closed fundamentalist sect obsessed by the Rapture ought to be a horror story. But while the historian in her is merciless in exposing the cruelties and corruption involved, Rebecca the child also lights up the book, existing in a world of vivid play, dreams, even nightmares, so passionate and imaginative that it helps explain how she survived, and—even more miraculous—found the compassion and understanding to do justice to the story of her father and the painful family life he created.”—Sarah Dunant, author of The Birth of Venus


July 22nd, 2021 7:30 PM through 8:30 PM