Group Leader: Jean Hosie
In 1996 Val Bell, a new member, set up "Bookshelf" as a reading group which she ran for ten years before asking Kate Bosset to take on leadership in 2006. It was Kate's policy to limit the choice to 21st century novels and to read just one book of any author. JH took leadership in 2016 and more or less continues Kate’s policies. We read two novels each term, meeting as a group for discussion on two occasions - generally within the first week or two and then at the end of the term.
In these uncertain times when all meetings have been cancelled because of the Coronavirus epidemic, I suggest we might continue to read in the usual way, and then exchange comments and views online or by telephone. I hope members will continue to enjoy Bookshelf using modern technology. I might be persuaded to sign up to one of the social media services!
For the Summer Term I am suggesting two short-ish novels, one set in the future: "The Wall" by John Lanchester - we read his "Capital" a little while ago but this is very, very different; the second is "The Order of the Day" by Eric Vuillard, a French writer and is set in the period 1920-1939.
The books are available on-line, through Public Libraries, or I am happy to order them.
If you like reading contemporary novels and the opportunity to discuss what you have read, please join our virtual Bookshelf - you will be very welcome. JH