REALM OF BOOKS
|Due to the CoVid 19 virus the Realm of Books meetings in person are cancelled for the timebeing. In the meantime, we are meeting via Zoom. Watch this space for updates.|
The meetings are usually held at All Saints Church, Newmarket on the 4th Friday of the month starting at 2.30 pm but for the timebeing we are meeting via Zooom
It may be more difficult to get hold of books at the moment, however please do let me have your thoughts on the books you may now have the time to read when you are not gardening, tidying or doing crosswords during this challenging time. If you don’t normally come to Realm of Books please feel free to join in.
I never would have thought that the Realm of Books group would have spent most of 2020 so differently from what we would have expected! Nevertheless, although we did miss our monthly meetings at All Saints Church hall, we made use of every opportunity put our way. Our members managed to communicate via email to share the views of the books we had read and for the last months we have been enjoying our monthly Zoom meetings - normally about nine of us giving voice from our different sitting rooms. We decided to have a break during December in order to give ourselves plenty of time to read Claire Tomalin’s ‘Charles Dickens: A life’ which we will now read for January. If you would like to learn more, the full reviews and latest timetable appear on the website under Covid-19 Book Group for each month. Wishing you all a Happy 2021.
After our break in December we started the New Year with Claire Tomalin’s ‘Charles Dickens:A life’. We learnt so much about Charles Dickens and this book was well worth reading, despite its length, and a book to get our teeth into during lockdown.
‘Unsheltered’ by Barbara Kingsolver. It is set in an actual town in New Jersey, USA - Vineland, which was set up by Charles Landis as a sort of model community in the 1880s. It is an interesting story based on two separate families living in the same house, but 100 years apart. In each century the families were facing houses in need of much repair or demolition. The novel was skilfully written and enjoyed by most, although some of us found it rather long and confusing at times. If you would like to learn more, the full reviews appear on our website under Covid-19 Book Group for each month.
Our next book is ‘Being Mortal’, by Atul Gawande, which is an informative book that will promote interesting discussion.
We always welcome new faces.
Read reports of previous books we have read via the link on this page.