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Group News and Reviews

Next read for 17 June 2019
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

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Previous Reads

May 2019
The Lie by Helen Dunmore.
This novel is about the tragedy where young men return from the trenches of WW1, physically scarred and mentally ill. Daniel has returned to his native Cornwall and is considered “lucky” as so many have not returned. His mother has died and he is homeless.

A local elderly woman allows him to scratch a living from her land, but makes him promise that he won’t involve doctors when she is dying; a promise that causes him to lie to everyone. We all enjoyed this book and found it thought-provoking. We discussed the novel at length and also war, especially WW1.

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March 2019
Not My Father’s Son by Alan Cumming
Had our usual meeting and had a good chat and then got down to discussing Not My Father’s Son by Alan Cumming.
Myself and four others enjoyed this autobiography. Very sad as it covered child abuse and mental health problems in adulthood.
Not enjoyed by all. As it jumped from past to present, not everyone enjoys this format.
I did not find it difficult as it clearly stated what years were being written about.
Two people just do not like biographies.

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February 2019
The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell
Most people liked the book but found it rather odd. It jumped about in time all the time, which can be very confusing. We could not understand how such a dysfunctional family could survive and could not understand what the author was getting at. Weird but compelling really summed it up. One person did not enjoy the book at all

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Badminton1 Badminton2
Book Club Card and Board Games
Comparative Religion Culinary Experience
Darts Discussion 1
Discussion 2 Family History
Flower Arranging French
Garden Visits Gardening
Keep Fit Knit & Stitch
Local Interest London Theatre
Lunch Group Meditation, Relax & Healing
Naval & Military History Outings
Paper Craft Photography
Scrabble Sewing
Singing Spanish
Ten Pin Bowling Walking (5 miles+)
Walking 5 miles+ Group 2 Walking upto 5 Miles
Wildlife Women in History