Book Group 4
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As usual we started the 2019-20 session with discussing a book that had we had enjoyed reading during the break. A wide variety of books was discussed. The books chosen to read over the session were:
After the Fall by Charity Norman is a mystery set in New Zealand where the McNamara family have settled. The daughter is finding it hard to fit in, her brother falls from an upstairs balcony and the scene is set for the unravelling of a family.
His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet is set in the remote Wester Ross village of Culduie. The relentless grind of everyday life is the setting for a murder. Who the perpetrator is is not in doubt but his sanity is. Although a novel, this book reads like the report of an actual murder and its consequences.
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion is about a professor at an Australian university. He is awkward in social situations, thinks romance is not for him but when he is convinced by a friend that there is someone for everyone, he embarks on The Wife Project.
The Island by Victoria Hislop is set around Crete and the island of Spinalonga which became a leper colony with its own system of government, shops, cafes, a hospital, housing. The novel is about the people who were involved and the effect on their ancestors.
This was as far as we got before Covid-19 closed the groups. As a matter of interest the other books were:
Gone – a Girl, a Violin, a Life Unstrung by Min Kym about the theft of a Stradivarius and the devastating effect it had on the young violinist who played it.
One Moment, One Morning by Sarah Rayner details the lives of three passengers on a particular train on the morning when one of the passengers has a heart attack and cannot be resuscitated. The lives of those three passengers are changed forever.