Books on Tuesday
Co-ordinator: Nancy Field
Meetings: 3rd Tuesday, 10.00 am, Castle Street Centre
As the books we discuss are chosen in advance by our members they are as varied as we are.
Often fiction, but also biography, autobiography, non-fiction, sometimes poetry, what they all have in common is that they are a 'good read'. In this way we hope to introduce you to authors and genres you may not yet have read.
The member who has recommended the book gives a short introduction before we all discuss it, considering not only whether we enjoyed it but also such matters as how successful we found the plot, the characters and the quality of the writing.
If you enjoy reading and a lively,friendly discussion then come and join us.
|Dates for your Diary|
|Tue Feb 15th||Where The Crawdad Sings by Delia Owens led by Marion|
An exquisite ode to the natural world, it is a heart-breaking coming of age story with a possible murder mystery. A richly imagined story of innocence undone and a small town torn and reshaped by crisis.
|Tue Mar 15th||Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout led by Suzanne|
Although now older Olive Kitteridge remains blunt and contradictory yet deeply loveable. She now has to come to terms with the changes in her own existence and in those around her.
|Tue Apr 19th||Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo led by Catherine|
Joint winner of the Booker prize, 2019, the book follows the life stories of twelve very different characters, mostly black and British.
|Tue May 17th||Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell led by Stella|
The short life of Hamnet, Shakespeare’s only son is told in a profoundly moving account of grief, family and genius at a time when all life was precarious.
|Tue Jun 21st||East West Street by Philippe Sands led by Margaret|
Winner of the Baillie Gifford prize, 2016, the book charts the birth of international human rights legislation after WW2. Sands also reveals his quest to uncover the history of his own Jewish family.
|Tue Jul 19th||Aftermath by Rhidian Brook led by Pauline|
Set in 1946 Hamburg, Colonel Lewis Morgan is charged with the duty of overseeing the rebuilding of the ruined city. His insistence on allowing the previous occupants to remain living with them in their requisitioned home leads to changing attitudes and #passions.
|Tue Aug 16th||We do not meet in August|
|Tue Sep 20th||Go Tell It On The Mountain by James Balwin led by Wendy|
This semi-autobiographical book tells the story of John Grimes, a black teenager growing up in Harlem. It focuses on the influential role of the Pentecostal church in the life of the community.
|Tue Oct 18th||The Testaments by Margaret Attwood led by Bob|
This sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale was the joint winner of the Booker prize, 2019. Gilead’s world and future are viewed by three women - a girl raised in its confines, another on the run and one at the heart of the regime.
|Tue Nov 15th||History Of Wolves by Emily Fridlund led by Marion|
Young Madeline lives with her parents in northern Minnesota. An outsider, she is drawn to enigmatic Lily and her teacher Mr. Grierson. When she becomes the babysitter for a family who has recently moved in she finds that the choices she makes over a few days will reverberate throughout her life.
|Tue Dec 20th||We do not meet in December|