HenSteyn Book Club
The Henfield book club meets at venues alternating between Henfield and Steyning between 2.00 p.m. and 4.00 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. We generally take it in turns to host each meeting, although that is not mandatory.
This year the book group has deliberated over a number of contrasting reads. Our most recent discussion of One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Marquez, provoked lively debate. This book, a modern classic, was beautifully written but laden with plot intricacies and mystique on a scale that rendered it somewhat impenetrable!
In stark contrast we tackled Grace Williams Says it Loud’, by Emma Henderson, a harrowing but poignantly moving account of a woman with disabilities incarcerated in British mental hospitals for thirty years. Stepping back into Camomile Lawn territory, was Rachel Hore’s, A Gathering Storm, which provided our fix of classic wartime saga, with its firm grip on social history, seen through the eyes of innocence.
Although consensus is rarely possible, in terms of finding novels we unanimously rate as first class, we continue to challenge ourselves with a wide cross-section of genre, style and subject matter. Ideally we look for books weighty enough to generate meaningful discussion but sufficiently well-crafted to beguile us.
Contact Sue Pittam on 01273 494895’