October’s book

  The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins This is a classic novel, written in 1868 and declared to be the first detective story. It is number 19 in the 100 best books on the Guardian list. To quote Carolyn G Heilbrun from Goodreads. “The Moonstone unfolds its amazing story through the recounting of several narrators, all of them enticing and singular. […]

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The Year of the Runaways

The Year of the Runaways by Sanjeev Sahota This Booker-short listed novel traces the lives of three Indian immigrants over a year. The three young men, Tarlochan Kumar (Tochi), Avtar Nijjar and Randeep Sanghera, move into a house in Sheffield which is shared by numerous migrant workers. The fourth character in this story, Narinder Kaur, is a young British-raised devout […]

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The Silk Merchant’s Daughter

  The Silk Merchant's Daughter by Dinah Jefferies. We met on 8th August to discuss it, and for once our stars aligned and all ten of us were present! We agreed that it was an amazing and captivating story, historical fiction maybe but we all learned a lot about French Indo-China in the early 1950s. Our average score for the […]

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June Books Review

    We had no set book this month, so we all chose a good read, some very successfully, others not quite so. The one 10/10 was by Rohinton Mistry “A Fine Balance” – an exceptional novel about India during The Emergency. (We as a group had read this author’s “Family Matters” and had loved it) Several highly recommended 9/10s: […]

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No Time for Goodbye by Linwood Barclay.

  No Time for Goodbye is a "thriller" novel written by Canadian author Linwood Barclay. Married and with a daughter of her own, it has been twenty five years since her family vanished without a trace but Cynthia Archer has never given up hope that they might one day all return and, as a result, has not been able to […]

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All The Light We Cannot see” by Anthony Doerr

All The Light We Cannot see” by Anthony Doerr  "This is a magnificent, deeply moving novel from a writer whose sentences never fail to thrall" The Guardian. Remarkably our whole group concurred with this quotation and during our discussion we ran out of superlatives to describe this brilliantly written book. The story is set in Nazi Germany where we follow […]

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The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty

  The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty The Doughty Family lives on the oddly named Scribbly Gum Island, a short ferry ride from Sydney Australia, and so called after the Scribbly Gum Eucalyptus trees that grow there. The Island and the family becomes famous because 70 years previously, teenage sisters Connie and Rose Doughty had found an abandoned baby girl […]

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March Book

    The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce Rachel Joyce first introduces Queenie Hennessy in her debut novel, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, when Queenie writes to her old friend Harold, with whom she has had no contact for 20 years, telling him that she is dying of cancer. Harold replies that he is coming […]

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February’s Books

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin Smalltown Mississippi in the 1970s sets the scene for this story of an unlikely friendship between two young lads, Silas and Larry. They are from very different backgrounds of class and race, and neither of them fits in with the locals. They form a special bond; but this is tragically fractured when a […]

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January’s Books

There was no set book this month so members had free rein, some more successful than others. The diverse choices ranged from:- * The power of the dog by Thomas Savage ( a Vintage Classic ) – powerful. * A Dictionary of Misunderstanding by Jackie Copleton. – Excellent * Hons and Rebels by Jessica Mitford – Fascinating Autobiography * Anna […]

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