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Next Reading Group Meeting

Venue: Sabine’s house in Plaisance du Touch

Date: Monday 4th June 2018

Time: 2pm

Contact: Karen Burroughs or Joyce Booth

Details: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Reading Group Review – The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

TWIG Reading Group May 2018

Towards the end of this month’s book “The Thirteenth Tale” by Diane Setter field, the author writes “I know what it is like to finish a book and find oneself wondering a day or a week later what happened…”
This was exactly the experience of the reading group, those of us who did think most ends had been tied up were forced to think again following our discussion.
Despite or because of this we unanimously agreed that though this book is not perfect it was a very good read.
As well as the ending being far from clear the time the novel is set in is also ambiguous.
This all contributed to a very enjoyable discussion.
This is a tale of madness, incest and secrets set on the Yorkshire moors, a sort of Jane Eyre crossed with Wuthering Heights. It is a multi layered telling of a story with what appear to be insignificant characters or incidents suddenly acquiring significance. Necessitating re reading parts of the book by all of us.
The story revolves around identical twins with red hair and startling green eyes, they are (possibly/probably) the product of incest and are left to grow up within the freedom of neglect in a crumbling mansion.
The narrator of the tale is Vida Winter a popular author now on her death bed and ready to reveal her true history.
Margaret, a twin herself is the biographer chosen to write the story, which is a tale of twins, obsessive relationships and death.

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 – 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
The God of Small Things – Arandhati Roy – 1st October
The Woman in the Window – A. J. Finn
Left Neglected – Lisa Genova
The Respectable Trade – Philippa Gregory
Pachinko – Min Jin Lee

For further information contact Karen Burroughs.