Group leader: Sue Smith
We generally meet on the fourth Monday of each month. in a member's house, at 2.30pm.
We are a well-established group and are always eager to welcome new members.
. The popularity of the book table at Tuesday full meetings proves that there are many avid readers amongst us. The members of the book group are keen to add to the pleasure of solitary reading by talking about what they have read with other keen readers – and to make friends amongst them.
We have so far enjoyed the challenge of reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel and comparing her evocation of history with The Thread by Victoria Hislop. Discussion ranged widely, taking in much more than the novels and novelists themselves, though we certainly examined them in some detail, reading aloud parts that we particularly admired or enjoyed and discussing strengths and weaknesses in both books.
A book that had been on offer on the book table, prompted our next choices. Reading in Bed by Sue Gee moved us all, telling as it did the inspirational and honest story of a group of friends struggling to cope with loss and betrayal. This led us to read another of her books, The Mysteries of Glass, set in Herefordshire in the nineteenth century, which tells of the struggle of a new curate in a rural community to resist the temptation of his growing attraction for the vicar’s wife and the threat to his faith brought by Darwin’s discoveries.
At our August meeting we discussed The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton.
This was a very enjoyable and engrossing read, mostly set in 1940s war- time London and the present day. We all agreed that Morton handles the time shifts well and that none of us predicted the amazing - and very satisfying - twist that concludes the novel. It made us all think about secrets kept within families - and the damage that they can do. The main character, a famous actress, seems much less interesting than her mother though she proves a very efficent detective in pursuing many different lines of enquiry to uncover the truth about the day she saw her mother commit a murder! We enjoyed the variety of characters and particularly appreciated the humour of the ironically appropriate demise of a character obsessed with sweets in a time of sugar rationing! Definitely Morton's best novel to date.
We choose our own books to discuss rather than “take pot luck” with a library box. This does mean that members must either buy or borrow the book but, with a month between meetings, there is the opportunity to share copies.
If you love to read and would like to join us, you would be most welcome.
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