Book Club 1


We discuss books which have been provided free by the Library Service



Where and when

We meet in the morning of the third Friday of the month at the Congregational Church.

Contact details

Cherry Taylor 01858 466308   email:


Book Club 1 – February

‘The Hoarder by Jess Kidd’ Maud is employed to look after Cathal, a difficult and eccentric old man who lives in a mansion choked with stuff. The house appears to be haunted and there is a mystery to be solved. The novel has a Gothic flavour. Many of the passages were vivid and colourful and, […]

Book Club 1 – January 2020

Olive Kitteridge –  Elisabeth Strout Olive Kitteridge lives in Crosby, a coastal town in Maine, America. The novel takes the form of a series of short stories that are interrelated containing a number of recurring characters. Olive’s character is both complex and difficult and is revealed through her relationships with those around her. The book […]

Book Club 1 – December

  In the Days of Rain – A father, a daughter, a cult. Rebecca Stott. The Stott family were members of the Brethren from the 19th Century until the author’s father broke away. Rebecca describes the profound and lasting effect the cult had on her and her father and his struggle trying to adjust to […]

Book Club 1 – November

Our House – Louise Candlish A woman returns home to find strangers moving into her beloved house and finds herself and her two young sons homeless. The plot is long and convoluted but it is a page-turner even for the minority who disliked the novel. The rest thought it very good. There followed an interesting […]

Book Club 1 – October

Our book this month was ‘White Chrysanthemum’ by Mary Lynn Bracht Hana, a young Korean woman, is snatched from her family and coerced into sexual slavery. She is one of hundreds of thousands of ‘comfort women’ forced to serve the Japanese army. The author does not hold back from showing us the brutality perpetrated against […]

Book Club 1 – August

We read Fragile Lives, an autobiography by the eminent heart surgeon, Professor Stephen Westaby. Although apprehensive as third-agers to read graphic descriptions of the myriad things that can go wrong with the human heart, we all found the book fascinating and totally gripping. Anne Cook   

piile of books with glasses on top

Book Club 1 – July

  We have read two contrasting books: Fingers in the Sparkle Jar, a memoir by tv wildlife presenter Chris Packham and The Sapphire Widow, a romantic novel by Dinah Jefferies set in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) in the 1930s. Opinions were varied, most considering the memoir overly descriptive and difficult to follow, and the novel an […]

Book Club 1 – April

Swingtime   by  Zadie Smith  The narrator’s mother is of Jamaican descent,  her father, a white working class man.  Her life intertwines with many  characters including her childhood friend, Tracey  who is also mixed race,  and Aimee a worldwide celebrity for whom she works. She seems not to identify specifically with either white or black culture.  […]

piile of books with glasses on top

Book Club 1 – March

The Prime of Miss Jean Brody  by Muriel Spark The 1930s Miss Brodie teaches at Marcia Blaine School.  Her method is unorthodox and frowned upon by the other members of staff.      She has her ‘special girls’ – the ‘ Brodie set’ – to be moulded into becoming ‘la crème de la crème’, totally loyal […]

Book Club 1 – February

The Essex Serpent    by  Sarah Perry.  Newly widowed Cora Seabourne retreats to the countryside with her son.    The locals  are terrified by rumours of the appearance of the Essex Serpent living in the marshes and Cora is excited that this could be an unidentified species.   She encounters William Ransome, vicar of Aldwinter, with […]