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Next Reading Group Meeting

Venue: Jane De Blonde’s house in Larra

Date: Monday 6th November 2017

Time: 2pm

Contact: Karen Burroughs or Joyce Booth

Details: US by David Nicholls

Reading Group Review – The House by the Lake by Thomas Harding

TWIG Reading Group October 2017

This book was given a unanimous ‘thumbs-up’ at the October meeting of the reading group. An extremely well researched book, it tells the story of how a small lakeside week-end home built in 1927 not far from Berlin was affected by the political and economic changes over the next three-quarters of a century. It moves the reader gently from the idyllic pre-war holidays of the first owners, through to the division of Berlin after the Second World War, the building of the Berlin Wall and its effect on the people who lived in the house at that time, until its subsequent threatened demolition in 2003. The author skilfully uses the changing characters and local events to reflect and explain the backdrop of world events, and in particular the history of Germany.
Our group all agreed that despite the serious nature of the theme, it was an easy book to read and also extremely informative. We all felt that our understanding of events in Germany during those years was considerably expanded by reading this book, and appreciated the impartial way in which the story is told.

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.

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

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

Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte – 8th January 2018
Heartburn – Nora Ephron – 5th February

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle – David Wroblewski
The Thirteenth Tale – Diane Setterfield
The Little Prince ( Translations ) – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Monsieur Ibrahim et les Fleurs du Coran – Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt
Dalva – Jim Harrison

For further information contact Karen Burroughs.