Book Reading & Armchair Critics
|Facilitator:||Eilish Glennon||07828 088990|
|Venue & time:||Leigh Miners||1pm - 3pm||1st Monday in month|
Book Club 2nd September 2019
After the excellent but gloomy Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell which we read in July, last month’s Our Man In Havana by Graham Greene proved a relief. Funny, quirky, and absurd but with that underlying humanity and sadness of the human condition so typical of Greene, it proved a very good read indeed. Members are now keen to read his other novels and there are plenty to go at.
We now move on to the Mourning Ruby by Helen Dunmore to be discussed in the October meeting with The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce for November’s meeting. Dickens has then been mooted for the future – a good choice for those dark Winter days. On the culture front, we are off to The Bridgewater Hall for an afternoon organ recital on 1st Oct. For anyone interested there is a Wigan Noir Writer’s evening on Oct 17th at 7 pm at The Old Courts, Wigan. Information at www.theoldcourts.com and admission £3.00
The Grass Is Singing by Doris Lessing was a riveting story of human disintegration and a brilliant depiction of the quiet horror of one woman’s struggle against a ruthless fate. We all agreed it was a ‘melancholic masterpiece’ that will leave us with much to think about.
Next month we will be discussing This Boy by Alan Johnson, a Labour Party politician who served as Home Secretary 2009/2010
"The visit to Chetham's Library will take place on Wednesday 15th May, starting at 10.30 to be followed by coffee/tea and cake for a modest £4.00 per person at the nearby Indigo Hotel. The tour will take about 45 minutes to one hour. A suggested donation of £3.00 per person for the tour can be made on the day. I am sure it will be extremely interesting. Arrangements for getting there can be made at the May meeting.
Many thanks to Pam (Dee, Joy…………………..) for sharing her expertise on kindles and other modern appliances. I am sure there will be many more questions in the meetings to come. "
Next meeting will be on May 6th at The Miners at 1pm.
Bron & Eilish
Another lively session of the book club today, 4th March 2019, with lots of opinions on Philip Marlowe - Raymond Chandler’s detective creation – which goes to show what a rounded character Chandler developed. We all agreed how well written the book was and well worth a read. The Grass Is Singing by Doris Lessing is up for discussion on 1st April and then on 6th May we will look at This Boy by Alan Johnson.
In the next session on April 1st Joy has kindly offered to give us a short lesson on managing a kindle. This is very necessary for some of us digital dinosaurs.
So happy reading ‘till next time,
Next meeting 4th March 2019 at The Miners at 1pm
January’s Book Club choice, “The Accidental Tourist" by Anne Tyler, provoked a lot of discussion. A character led novel - and what interesting characters – that gave us a brief look at their lives before the curtain fell. The consensus was that there was a lot more in store for these individuals. Thanks to Michael, Sue, Barbara and Norma for their in depth look at the main protagonists.
Next month Raymond Chandler’s “The Long Goodbye” is the chosen read and March delivers “The Grass is Singing” by Doris Lessing. Never let it be said that we lack variety.
The trip to see the Pre-Raphaelite exhibition at the Lowry was a great success.
“Rough Crossing”, a Tom Stoppard play, on the 23rd February is our next outing and then on the 27th February the Art Gallery in Manchester for the photographic exhibition of Martin Parr and the drawings of Leonardo Da Vinci from the Queen’s collection.
Thanks as always to Jo for her delicious cakes.
Our next meeting is on 4th March at 1:00pm at the Miner’s. Hope to see you all there.
Barbara Vines novel A Fatal Inversion is a masterclass in putting characters, who are flawed, into a situation where they make huge mistakes and pay for them all through their later lives. It is woven into a suspense story with an ending one cannot predict. An ending which is totally unexpected (DO NOT PEEK). The prose is classically deep and very descriptive. A Tour de Force indeed and very well appreciated by our group.
We have our next read courtesy of Leigh Library who lend sets of books to Reading Groups. It is The Crime Writer by Jill Dawson.
Our next meeting on 3rd December 2018 will be our Christmas meeting with a special Japanese theme.
I will then be handing over the ‘baton’ to Eilish who I know will take us forward in style.
Read well until then.