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Next Reading Group Meeting

Venue: Joyce’s house in Gaires

Date: Monday 1st July

Time: 12 noon for a pot luck lunch

Contact: Karen Burroughs or Joyce Booth

Details: : ‘This is Going to Hurt’ by Adam Kay

Reading Group Review – The History of Bees by Maja Lunde

TWIG Reading Group June 2019

For the second month in a run have read a ‘best seller’ .This time ‘The History of Bees’ by Maja Lunde. Unfortunately again most of us found it to be disappointing. The premise of the book was good: that of a dystopian future where the threat of distinction to bees that we see now; has happened. However it is not well executed it is superficial and inconsistent.
The book tells three stories separated in time but with a link (bees).
None of the characters are likable. The first one we meet is William a scientist living in England in the 19th century. The description of England is not one that those of us who know the country could recognise. He has taken to his bed when he realises that marriage and children have curtailed his research into bees. Not caring the effect this has on his family where he is the bread winner.
The second story is 2007, Ohio where we meet a farmer whose main source of income comes from his beehives. He can’t cope with the fact that his son has more interest in becoming a writer than a farmer.
The third is set in China 2098.There are no bees and the people are on the verge of starvation. Tao is a worker with a young son who she is determined will learn his numbers at the age of three (let the child play).
This book was originally written in Norwegian and we have read it in translation and perhaps there is much ‘lost in translation ‘ perhaps not..
The constant flickering from one storyline to another was distracting and irritating. This could have been a really interesting book but in fact was dull and unbelievable.

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.
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 Stolen Bicycle – Wu Ming-Mi
Everything’s Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer
Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow – Peter Hoeg
The Elegance of the Hedgehog – Muriel Barbery
Our House – Louise Candlish
Educated - Tara Westover
The Little Red Chairs – Edna O’Brien
Possessing the Secret of Joy – Alice Walker
The Salt Path – Raynor Winn

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
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
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.