The Novels 1 Group is the place to express enthusiasm for literature, to read, discuss and celebrate a wide variety of authors and genres, old and new. We seek to understand something about the author, the structure and content of the selected book, what is good and perhaps not so good about it, character and plot development, setting and themes.
Books are not just words on a page. Good books should evoke emotion, thought and yes, judgement. Good books create memorable characters that live and breathe in a place and a time painted by the author. Good books have an engaging story that draws us in and takes us on an unforgettable and perhaps remarkable journey. It's a journey the Novels Group wishes to explore and experience together.
“So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.”
Roald Dahl, Matilda
We read a set number of books during the course of the season which runs from September to June within a specific theme. We have two book themes for 2020/21 - Searching and Number. The books chosen to discuss under these themes are:
|Sept||The Shadow of the Wind||Carlos Ruiz Zafon|
|Oct||The Reader on the 6.27||Jean Paul Didierlaurent|
|Nov||Anil's Ghost||Michael Ondaatje|
|Dec||Three Hours||Rosamund Lupton|
|Jan||Machines Like Me||Ian McEwan|
|Feb||The Dumas Club||Arturo Perez Reverte|
|Mar||The Hundred Foot Journey||Richard C Morais|
|Apr||The Lost Dog||Michelle de Kretser|
|May||Reservoir 13||Jon McGregor|
|Jun||Remarkable Creatures||Tracy Chevalier|
We meet at the Old Fire Station, Sandgate, second Wednesday of the month, 10.30am-12.30pm.
If you wish to join us, please let the U3A know through the normal channels eg email firstname.lastname@example.org. We restrict numbers to fifteen to facilitate discussion. If we are at capacity you will be included on the waiting list and informed when a vacancy occurs.
Please note that there are currently two other book reading groups, Novels 2 and the Book Circle which may also meet your requirements.
Jim McKenzie, Group Leader