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 – 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   

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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.  […]

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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 […]

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Book Club 1 – January 2019

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry Rachel Joyce Harold Fry is dissatisfied with himself and his life. On receiving a letter from a long-lost friend he feels compelled to reach her on foot over a distance of 627 miles. This story of an ordinary man’s endeavour is a moving tribute to the power of the […]

Book Club 1 – December

Sweet Caress – William Boyd The life and times of Amory Clay  who was born in the early 20th Century.    She is a complex and intriguing  character leading a complex life. The group was divided in its opinions regarding this book.  One  loved it,  one or two disliked it,  whilst the rest of us […]

Book Club 1 – November

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman An intriguing subject, was Eleanor autistic or suffering from extreme childhood neglect and loneliness?  Reading these words sounds a depressing read to look forward to, on the contrary, in places it was extremely funny, in others very moving, certainly worth reading. Lyn Caldwell