December’s Book Choice

"Cranford" By  Elizabeth Gaskell   Page Turners were greeted with mincepies. Mulled wine and Buck’s Fizz to ensure plenty of Christmas spirit at the final meeting of 2016. Less palatable however, was the book the group had been offered for December. To continue the foodie theme, it was not easily digested by the group and left a bitter taste in […]

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November’s Book Choice

  The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie. Agatha Christie’s first novel “The Mysterious Affair at Styles” was published in 1920 and introduced a new literary character in the form of Hercule Poirot, a Belgian detective who became the central figure in more than 30 of her novels. The unfolding story line is narrated by Captain Hastings, a guest […]

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“Persuasion” by Jane Austin

Our novel “Persuasion” was written in 1815 and published in 1817 six months after Jane Austen’s death. It was her last novel, and is still in print. Through the eyes of the heroine, Anne Elliot, we learn of the intricacies of domestic and family lives involving her family, their friends and relations. The Elliot’s who enjoy the status of landed […]

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The Children Act by Ian McKewan, and other Reads

Fiona Maye is a successful, middle aged, High Court Judge in the Family Court, requiring her to make decisions about children and families in crisis. Fiona and Jack have been married for 39 years when she is confronted with his revelation that he is about to embark on an affair with a younger woman, even though he says he still […]

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Thicker Than Water

Wenvoe resident, Bethan Darwin, has a new novel out. This is Bethan’s third novel, and came out on 18 August 2016. It is called Thicker than Water and is set both in 1926 and present day. The 1926 story is about Idris, a miner from the Rhondda who is disillusioned by the collapse of the General Strike and decides to […]

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist

by Mohsin Hamid At a cafe table in Lahore, a bearded Pakistani man talks with an uneasy American stranger. As the sun moves across the sky and shadows become darker, he begins the tale that brought them to this ominous meeting. This is a first- person novel where the narrator, Changez, establishes an enticing and gripping hold on the reader […]

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The Seamstress

  by Maria Duenas Aged 12, Sira Quiroga was apprenticed to a Madrid dressmaker. As she masters the seamstresses’s art, her life seems to be clearly mapped out – until she falls passionately in love and flees with her seductive lover. But in Morocco she is betrayed and left penniless. As Civil War engulfs Spain, Sira finds that she cannot […]

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Pure by Andrew Miller

This book is based on fact. "A young man of humble background, Jean-Baptiste Baratte, is ordered to exhume the vast and ancient cemetery of Les Innocents in the poor Parisian quarter of Les Halles, and demolish the church. No one knows how many bodies are buried there – it is claimed that during one outbreak of the plague the graveyard […]

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Sons & Lovers

by DH Lawrence In between newer books, Barry Library often select classics for us, which are always received with mixed feelings. Those of us who had not read them before, are glad of a 2nd chance. Those who HAVE read them before, find their impressions now, with the maturity of years, and from a different era, are quite different from […]

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