Ross on Wye & District

Book Group

We meet on the third Wednesday of each month at 11am. Currently meeting outside in one member’s garden and on Zoom if weather unsuitable.

Recently renamed Book Group 1 currently has six or seven members. The session starts with tea, coffee and cake or biscuits. One book is chosen each month and then discussed - we talk about the story, the characters, the writing style, our likes and dislikes and the effect the book has had. There is no shortage of opinions and lively discussion follows.

A wide variety of books are chosen - biographies, thrillers, classic, historical and contemporary fiction. Members appreciate that the variety of books and genres can stretch and challenge them!

Here are the group’s ratings of the last few books:

March 2022 The Shipping News by Annie Proulx. The story of a family returning to their roots in Newfoundland. Captures the life there starkly and atmospherically. Comic and tragic, the author uses some unusual writing styles and takes risks. This works to shape a unique and unusual novel which exposes the reality of the relationships. A popular choice for the majority of the readers in the group.
Satisfaction 8; Writing Style 8; Keep/ charity shop: Keep; Overall 8

April 2022 Shadowplay by Joseph O'Connor. A novel based on the lives of Bram Stoker, Henry Irving and Ellen Terry. Set mostly in London around the Lyceum Theatre c1890 it captures life in the theatre at that time with a background of The Ripper, Oscar Wilde and the creation of Dracula. With a mix of narrative methods it was agreed this is a unique and unusual book with vibrant, atmospheric and poetic writing.
Satisfaction 10; Writing Style 9; Keep/charity shop: Keep; Overall 9.5

May 2022 The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See. Set during Japanese colonialism of the 1930s and 1940s this book illustrates a unique culture on a South Korean island. The women work and train their daughters at deep sea diving without breathing equipment. This is also a moving tale of female friendship and the heartbreak, strength and misunderstandings they experience. Full of well researched material this is a delightful read.
Satisfaction 9.5; Writing Style 9; Keep/charity shop: Keep; Overall 9.

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Ancient & Medieval History Armchair Opera
Art Group Book Group
Book Group 2 Bridge
Chess Group Crafts
Creating your Life Story Creating your life story 2
Creating your life story 3 Crewel/Embroidery
Cribbage Crime Book Club
Cryptic Crosswords Current Affairs
Current Affairs 2 Current Affairs 3
French Revisited Genealogy Group
Geology, Landscape & Industrial Heritage Jewelry Making
Joy of Gardening Line Dancing
Local History Mah Jong
Modern World History Nature
Philosophy Photo Group
Photo Group 2 Play Reading
Pub Walks Quiz Group
Rummikub Science
Scrabble SOLO Group
Spanish Conversation Table Tennis
Tai Chi Theatre Group
Walking Group Whist
Writing for Pleasure Yoga Group