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Next Reading Group Meeting


Venue: Joyce’s house in Garies

Date: Monday 2nd July 2018

Time: Midday for pot luck lunch, 2pm for discussion

Contact: Karen Burroughs or Joyce Booth

Details: The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Reading Group Review – The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

TWIG Reading Group June 2018

Colson Whitehead’s ‘ The Underground Railroad’ generated a fair amount of discussion .Once again the reading group was fairly split in its response to this book.
Generally agreed to be well written, his use of a reverse metaphor: that the name given to the secret network working to help runaway slaves reach a place of safety is described literally as an underground railway, didn’t sit well with all.
Several people struggled to finish the book because of this contrivance. The inclusion of fantasy within a story of such horrific historical significance being too much.
However some felt it did work moving on the narrative of the book. Some of us found the prose to be almost poetic, conveying dramatically the brutality of the plantation.
The heroine of the story is Cora a runaway slave from a plantation in Georgia. She is pursued by slave catcher Ridgeway. Several people found her story to be incredibly poignant and very page turning as well as informative.
Her escape is a case of “out of the frying pan and into the fire” since what she discovers outside the plantation is almost equally as grim. In truth, apparently the number of slaves who did escape was minimal.

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
Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – 1st October
The Woman in the Window – A. J. Finn – 5th November
Left Neglected – Lisa Genova – 10th December
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman – 7th January 2019

The Respectable Trade – Philippa Gregory
Pachinko – Min Jin Lee
Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow – Peter Hoeg
How to Stop Time – Matt Haig

For further information contact Karen Burroughs.