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:

 “Four Seasons in Rome, On Twins, Insomnia and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World” – a delightfully funny memoir by Anthony Duerr (chosen because of the group’s recent unanimous admiration of Duerr’s novel “All the Light we Cannot See”).

 “The Golden Hill” by Francis Spufford – rich in language and history. Compulsively readable.

 “Exposure” by Helen Dunmore – a spy come love story. Thoroughly enjoyable.

 “Human Croquet” by Kate Atkinson – a gripping surreal mystery. Wonderfully written.


A 7/10, and recommended.

 “The Reader on the 6.27” by Jean Paul Didierlaurent- a very enjoyable quirky read.

 “Murder at the Vicarage” by Agatha Christie – part of a mammoth task to read all Christie works. Enjoying so far…


Not quite such successful choices were:

 “The Power” by Naomi Alderman – (science fiction) not particularly enjoyed, nor recommended .

 “Death of an Avid Reader” by Francis Brodie – not enjoyed.


We return to concentrating on one book next month.