The Bookworms book group has been meeting for 9 years and at a book per month we have read quite a few books.
We meet on the first Friday in the month in House of Fraser restaurant on the 2nd floor.
We read a book chosen by one of the group and each take a turn at the meeting of giving of giving our views, our likes and dislikes etc.
We then discuss the book in general, and each give a score out of 10 as to how we rate the book.
Belonging to a book group does mean you read books that may be outside your usual genre or comfort zone, and usually this is a very agreeable experience.
Life in the Day' by Hunter Davies
The July book from the 'Bookworms' reading group.
This was a sort of auto biography by a well known journalist, partly about life in the 60's and his rather random life following that. It contains all sorts of references to the 60's that many who remember that time will appreciate. His writing style is not too fluent which could be expected from a journalist but he is now in his 80's so can be forgiven. He is very boastful which was an irritant for many of the group, and he did a good deal of name dropping. The book featured his wife the novelist Margaret Forster who seemed to be a very miserable person, not even going to Buckingham Palace when Davies was given an award. Half of the book detailed their lives and moves and children. At one time they bought a house in London with a sitting tenant who refused to leave. How many would do that? The only way they could get the house to themselves was to buy the tenant her own house!
The final third of the book was in diary form and was mainly concerned with his wife's cancer and ultimate death. I feel he may have written the book as his way of dealing with her illness and death. The group gave it an overall score of 6. It was an easy read, humorous in parts and a glimpse into the world of journalism in the 60's.
Our group is full at the moment but if you can't get into a book group please talk to me or one of the committee and we can look at the possibility of forming a new group.
I think we all find that reading is one of the great enjoyable delights of life. So when all around is confusion 'KEEP CALM AND READ A BOOK'