REALM OF BOOKS
The meetings are held at All Saints Church, Newmarket on the 4th Friday of the month starting at 2.30 pm.
There is NO meeting in December but at the 24th January meeting we will be discussing Stuart Turton’s ‘Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle’ or Somerset Maugham’s ‘Cakes and Ale’.
28 February our chosen book is by Sue Monk Kidd “The Secret Life of Bees”, published in 2001. She also wrote “The Mermaid Chair” in 2005 and “The Invention of Wings” in 2014.
27 March will be “Home Fire” by Kamilla Shamsie (2017) and one of her many other books include “Burnt Shadows” (2019).
On Wednesday 20 May we will be visiting Colchester on the Gredley Bus.
We always welcome new faces. The complete list is to be found here: TIMETABLE
Realm of Books in November
There were two books suggested for the Realm of Books meeting in November. Admissions by Henry Marsh, a leading English Neurosurgeon, was not for the squeamish but many of us read and even enjoyed it. He described the brain surgery he had done in Nepal, and other countries under extremely difficult circumstances. We were also intrigued by his other talents such as his making of furniture and the renovation an old cottage. In Education by Tara Westover many of us found her autobiographical account of her life in a Mormon family almost unbelievable. Her family were preparing for the End Of the World by stockpiling food. They didn’t believe in education, hospitals, medicine and didn’t have birth certificates. The violence of her brother, possibly caused by a serious head injury, was ignored. Nevertheless due to Tara’s sheer determination she ended up with a doctorate in Intellectual History from Trinity College, Cambridge University after educating herself.