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October was a busy month. Biggy Marshall is unwell and is unable to get to our monthly meetings, so we took the group to Biggy in Alhama.  We had lunch and a fabulous chat; a fantastic few hours for us all.  It was so enjoyable we are planning a second trip.

November 1st meeting was, as usual, lively animated and interesting. It was lovely to be able to welcome back Jackie Webb and Jackie Parker both of whom had been away for the summer and we also had an email from Katie Batchelor

The books we had read in October were reviewed.

The Last Gospel by David Gibbins

I had researched the author, who is a very experienced Archaeologist and Diver.  He has written several books drawing on his experiences and expertise in both these fields.  Tina asked the group some questions as to why we liked or didn’t like the book. The general feeling was that it wasn’t a book that was enjoyed by many members.  Perhaps there was too much historical detail or the story didn’t move fast enough.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

To quote one members thoughts, “Harrowing, horrifying, shocking…. but what a story of endurance, courage and survival,”

This is a true story of one man’s experience in the camps of Auschwitz and Belsen.  He was given the job of tattooing the prisoners as they arrived at the camp. He met a girl called Gita and they fell in love and somehow that love lasted a life time. Lale didn’t tell his life story until his beloved Gita died.  He then told it to the author Heather Morris who wrote the book.

Jayne had prepared the questions and Hazel researched the author.

This book had all of us talking.  The discussion moved from the horrors of war to the cruelty of nations against nations, man against man.  We wondered when would it ever stop and what the answer is. All nations of the world have been guilty of persecuting others. Family stories of wartime memories were recounted. Tt was amazing to hear of other people’s experiences.

To sum up, I think we were all happy to read this book and feel that we should all be made aware of such stories.

Novembers Choices – slightly lighter reading!

The Man I Think I Know by Mike Gayle

This is a story about two guys who were at school together; one an achiever; the other more or less a drop out. Through circumstances they are thrown together; the drop out caring for the achiever. As the story unfolds each is helped by the other to rebuild their lives.


The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks

This is a story of a love triangle.  The book exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.


Jackie Ferris, a local writer, will be coming along to talk to us about her writing at the December meeting. She has written some short stories covering Science Fiction, Children’s Fairy Tales and Fantasy; quite a variety of genres.  Her first novel is historical fiction and the tale begins in Ancient Egypt.

Chris Leiper