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Next Reading Group Meeting


Venue: Jane Edsall’s house in Labastide Saves

Date: Monday 4th November

Time: 14:00

Contact: Karen Burroughs or Joyce Booth

Details: : ‘A Thousand Ships’ by Natalie Haynes

Reading Group Review – The Salt Path by Raynor Winn

TWIG Reading Group October 2019

A change from our usual reading group meetings, we finished by discussing how different people react to being confronted by
the complex problem of homelessness (‘Action Froid’ one of the charities supported by TWIG last year, is for people sleeping on the street)

Sometimes when a book is generally agreed to be interesting and ‘a good read’, as was the case with ‘The Salt Path’ our meetings struggle to expand the discussion. However, when someone throws a stone of controversy into the lake, it generates a really lively discussion which makes for a good meeting.

Our first non-fiction choice for a while, the book relates how
a middle-aged couple find themselves confronted with a life-threatening medical condition together with the loss of their home and respond by setting off (pitifully unequipped and with next to no money) to walk the challenging coastal path which runs around Devon and Cornwall.

Was it an exceptionally courageous or a foolhardy decision ?
Were they just running away from their problems? They continued to be outsiders, ostracized by most of their fellow-walkers the moment they mentioned that they were doing the walk because they were homeless.

At the end of our meeting it was felt that whatever our opinions about their decision to walk, it helped them to come to terms with their demons, and against all medical expectations and advice the condition of Moth (the husband) if not cured, did not worsen as a result of the walk.

Reading Group

The Reading Group meets at member’s home on the first Monday of the month 2pm to 4pm to discuss and share opinions on a chosen book in a friendly social atmosphere over coffee and biscuits.

Find below some of the suggested books for our current reading list:

Reading Group Book List

This is the reading group’s current list of books that we plan to read and discuss at future meetings. The books are suggested by members and changes all the time as we regularly update it.
2019
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman – 7th January 2019
Pachinko – Min Jin Lee – 4th February
The Woman in the Window – A. J. Finn – 4th March
The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt – 1st April
The Tattooist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris – 6th May
The History of Bees – Maja Lunde – 3rd June
This is Going to Hurt – Adam Kay – 1st July
11/22/63 – Stephen King - 2nd Sept
The Salt Path – Raynor Winn – 7th Oct
A Thousand Ships – Natalie Haynes – 4th Nov
Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow – Peter Hoeg - 2nd December
Fran Kiss Stein – Jeanette Winterson – 6th January
Educated - Tara Westover – 4th February
The Stolen Bicycle – Wu Ming-Mi
Everything’s Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer
The Elegance of the Hedgehog – Muriel Barbery
Our House – Louise Candlish
The Little Red Chairs Edna O’Brien
Possessing the Secret of Joy Alice Walker
The Other Hand Chris Cleave

2018
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte – 8th January 2018
Heartburn – Nora Ephron – 5th February
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle – David Wroblewski – 5th March
The Personal History of Rachel Dupree – Ann Weisgarber – 9th April
The Thirteenth Tale – Diane Setterfield – 7th May
The Underground Railway – Colson Whitehead – 4th June
The Keeper of Lost Things – Ruth Hogan – 2nd July
Dalva – Jim Harrison – 3rd September
Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – 1st October
How to Stop Time – Matt Haig - 5th November
Left Neglected – Lisa Genova – 10th December
2017
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – J.K. Rowling – 9th January 2017
The Ginger Tree – Oswald Wynd – 6th February
An Utterly Impartial History of Britain – John O’Farrel – 6th March
Life After Life – Kate Atkinson – 3rd April
The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher – Hilary Mantel – 24th April
Giving Up the Ghost – Hilary Mantel – 24th April
Too Close to the Falls – Catherine Gildiner – 29th May
Light between the Oceans – M.L Steadman – 3rd July
The Dressmaker – Birkelund Oberbuck – 4th September
The House by the Lake – Thomas Harding – 2nd October
Us – David Nicholls – 6th November
Bel Canto – Ann Pratchett – 4th December
2016
The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins – 11th January 2016
The Minituarist – Jessie Burton – 1st February
Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons – 7th March
The Aftermath – Rhidian Brook – 4th April
Notes from a Small Island – Bill Bryson – 2nd May
The Magpies – Mark Edwards – 6th June
The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion – 4th July
A Death in the Family – Karl Ove Knausgaard – 5th September
The Green Road – Anne Enright – 3rd October
Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain – 7th November
Rivers of London – Ben Aaronovitch – 12th December 2016

For further information contact Karen Burroughs.