Our book for October was “Noonday” by Pat Barker, which was set in London during the blitz, recalling for many of our members our own stories from the Second World War. In November, we read “Paying Guests” by Sarah Waters, which took us back to 1922 with the story of an impoverished mother and daughter who had to take in lodgers to support their lifestyle, little knowing the devastating effect this would have on all their lives. We are currently reading "Do Not Say We Have Nothing" by Madeline Thien. In Canada in 1990, ten-year-old Marie and her mother invite into their home Ai-ming, a young woman who has fled China in the aftermath of the Tiananmen Square protests. As their relationship deepens Ai-ming tells the story of her family in revolutionary China from the 1960s to 1989.
As we do not read a book during the busy run up to Christmas, our January meeting took the form of a very enjoyable lunch at The Royal Oak in Corsley.