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Next Reading Group Meeting


Venue: Caroline Male’s house in Le Cause

Date: Monday 7th October

Time: 14:00

Contact: Karen Burroughs or Joyce Booth

Details: : ’11-22-63’ by Stephen King

Reading Group Review – The Salt Path by Raynor Winn

TWIG Reading Group September 2019 – 11.22.63. by Stephen King

Although not everyone in the group liked the book, there was unanimous agreement about the exceptional skill of Stephen King to draw readers into his long and complicated plots by meticulous attention to detail and the tactic of putting out ‘hooks’ at just the right time to keep the reader’s interest.

There was also agreement that the book was unnecessarily long, (one succinct comment was ‘page-turning but tedious’) and several of the group identified the ‘love interest’ section (where Jake falls in love with Sadie) as, although necessary, padded out to the extent of losing the reader’s interest. The interesting point was made that because King is such a successful author, editors were perhaps reluctant to propose such radical reductions.

Another interesting point raised was that 11.22.63 would be better as a film or T.V series than a book. The book was felt to be very well researched, although someone pointed out that in many cases the author was describing things that he had himself experienced when younger.

The book stimulated a very interesting discussion, about the nature of fantasy, that any book of fiction is to a certain extent fantasy, just not needing such a ‘leap of faith’ as time travel. Many other authors dealing with the theme of time-travel were mentioned, H.G.Wells’ Time Machine and Matt Haig’s ‘Humans’ amongst others.

It was suggested that perhaps the moral of time travel is that you can’t change things for the better. Food for thought!

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 Jan
The Stolen Bicycle – Wu Ming-Mi
Everything’s Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer
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 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.