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The last meeting of the Camposol Reading Group was, as usual, an animated and amicable reunion of reading enthusiasts.

Out of ten suggestions for next month’s books, submitted by the members, the group chose The Year of Surprising Acts of Kindness by Laura KempAt times all it takes to make the world a better place is a small act of kindness… ‘Witty, Warm, and Wonderful. I loved it!’, ‘A truly wonderful and heart-warming read’ (published December 2017), and The Fear by CL Taylor – Sometimes your first love won’t let you go… a taut, compelling psychological thriller that will have you glued to the edge of your seat (published March 2018).

June’s books were:

1. The House of Hidden Mothers by Meera Syal.

Writer and actress Meera Syal was born in 1963 near Wolverhampton She read English and Drama at Manchester University. Probably best known for her acting work on radio and television, especially Goodness Gracious Me and The Kumars at No 42, she is also an accomplished and respected novelist. The House of Hidden Mothers was published June 2014. The book got a mixed reception by the group. Nevertheless it spurred an interesting and dynamic debate about rape and bribes – why this takes place and if and how it could be eliminated; and strong women.

2. The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton.

Kate Morton was born in 1976 in Berri, Australia. She has a Licentiate in Speech and Drama from Trinity College, London and completed a summer Shakespeare course at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She has Honours and Masters degrees in English Literature. The Secret Keeper was published October 2012. This book, a spellbinding story of mysteries and secrets, murder and enduring love moving between the 1930s, the 1960s and the present, was a success among the members of the club. Some of the members did not see the surprising twist at the end, while others spotted it early on, but still had the desire to read the book to the end.

With the exception of July and August, we meet every first Thursday of the month between 2pm and 4pm in The Social Centre on Camposol B. Next meeting will be Thursday 6th of September. You can also follow us on Facebook, if you cannot attend the meetings.

Please contact Chris Leiper on tel 968 199 441 or email chrisleiper1944@gmail.com for further information.