We are members of a reading group because we love to read. Normally we have two books per month to read, but because we have two month’s holiday, we have chosen three books for our next meeting: The Disappearance of Emily Marr by Louise Candlish, My Sister’s Lies by SD Robertson and Blood Sisters by Barbara & Stephanie Keating.
Three books in two months are not enough for us, so what else do we engross ourselves in during the hot summer days? The answer is everything from travel books, mystery, crime, love-stories, historic novels to non-fictive literature. Here is a random selection of what our members have been reading:
The Congregation by AJ Griffiths-Jones – New minister in the parish, what secrets lie behind the seemingly innocent lives of his congregation? The unexpected arrival of the Bishop causes the vicar to question his own past and a cloud descends upon his religious beliefs.
A Woman of Cairo by Noel Barber – Son and daughter of diplomats in Cairo. WWII; Egypt threatened not only by the German army, but by nationalist forces within Cairo. The country torn apart and enemies everywhere, Mark and Serena’s love is tested to the limit.
Walking the Woods and the Water: In Patrick Leigh Fermor’s footsteps from the Hook of Holland to the Golden Horn by Nick Hunt – 1933, eighteen-year-old Fermor on foot from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople. The books he later wrote about this walk are a half-remembered, half-reimagined journey through cultures now extinct, landscapes irrevocably altered by the traumas of the twentieth century. Nick Hunt followed in his footsteps, using Fermor’s books as his only travel guide.
Scraps of Paper by Kathryn Meyer Griffith – Widowed Abigail moves to a small town and buys a ‘fixer-upper’ house. It was home to old Edna Summers, Edna’s younger sister Emily and her two children. People believe Emily and her children drove away one night thirty years ago and just never came back. During the renovation Abigail finds scraps of paper hidden behind baseboards and tucked beneath the porch that hint the three could have been victims of foul play.
Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town by Mary Beard – This remarkable book rises to the challenge of making sense of the remains of Pompeii, as well as exploding many myths. An extraordinary and involving portrait of an ancient town, its life and its continuing re-discovery.
We meet every first Thursday of the month from 2-4pm in The Social Centre, Camposol B. Everyone is welcome; the only requirement is that you like to read. Our next meeting is Thursday 5th September. You can also follow us on Facebook if you cannot come to the meetings. Please contact us via email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.