Prue has an easy and relaxed style of writing which captures your attention from the beginning. You want to carry on reading, to see what happens next. In The Lost Son, she tells the saga of an Italian family living in England. The different generations are one way or another involved in the production of food. Interwoven are stories concerning love, death, adoption and betrayal. Prue’s knowledge of catering and current food trends feature quite a lot and help to pad out what is otherwise a lightweight novel. Generally we agreed that it was enjoyable, but a good book should live with one for a while, and this book soon faded from our memories. Teresa.
Our book club is still meeting on the first Tuesday of the month, despite current difficulties, ably chaired by Jacky Tickner.
Individual Holiday Reads for discussion
Tuesday 5th January 7pm
The Book Group continues to meet every month on Zoom. The next meeting will be Tuesday 2nd March at 6:30pm. At the moment the group will be discussing their personal reads.
The Book Group continues to meet every month on Zoom. The next meeting will be Tuesday 4th May 7pm to discuss Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear.
Next Book Reading Group Meeting will be by Zoom on Tuesday 6th July to discuss "A Summer Reunion" by Fanny Blake
Please contact Jacky if you are interested in joining this group.
Our next Summer read will be "The Poisonwood Bible" by Barbara Kingsolver
On Tuesday, 2nd August 2021, we met at Jacky Tickner’s home for a combined book club and supper evening. It was lovely to sit with one another (we’ve had over a year of zooming) to share a meal, provided by the members. The book we discussed was ‘The Poisonwood Bible’ by Barbara Kingsover. Discussion was rather limited as only half the group had managed to read the whole book. The book is quite lengthy and this had daunted four members of the club, but those who made the effort considered it worthwhile. I thought it was excellent and would recommend it. The book starts in 1960 at the granting of independence to the Belgian Congo. The story is told through the eyes of the four daughters of a missionary family who hailed from the southern States of America. Right from the beginning there is complete misunderstanding between the Americans and Africans. Some of which is amusing, but the majority of events demonstrate a patronising and superior attitude by the American pastor, and the stoical, devious attitude of the Congoleese . The book charts the disintegration of the family as the country unsuccessfully moves into self governance. In many ways it is a depressing read because we all know that, even today, there are many problems in this area as others countries, and their own leaders, exploit this mineral-rich country. Our August read is ‘On the Beach’ by Nevil Shute. Another powerful novel!
Reviewed by Teresa
Jacky writes a follow on from Teresa's report......
Not having finished 'The Poisonwood Bible' but wanting to, I was determined to get a copy for myself, so at the first opportunity on holiday in Dorset, a visit to Lyme Regis gave me the opportunity. I visited 'The Sanctuary Bookshop' with Gillian - this proved to be a very "Olde World Bookshop" crammed full of hundreds, if not thousands of books - a book lovers paradise. The proprietor told me he knew every book in the shop! He found me three books by Barbara Kingsolver - 'The Poisonwood Bible', 'Flight Behaviour' (which I am currently reading and enjoying) and 'The Lacuna' which won the Orange Prize for fiction 2010. These books will keep me going for a few weeks. Gillian also bought two books by Nevil Shute.
There is also a book lover's B&B above the bookshop by the sea.
The Book Group continues to meet every month The next meeting will be Tuesday 5th October 7pm to discuss "The Three Daughters of Eve" by Elif Shafak