The Road Home by Rose Tremain

The Organisers invite you to join us for our Book Discussion Evening.

Share views and gain new insights into this months book.

....and to vote for our next book from a list of suggestions from our members.

Drinks and socialising in The Bar from 7.30pm for a 8pm Start in the function room upstairs.

If, as a new member, you need help finding us and becoming acquainted with the group please email the organiser.



If anyone has a suggestion for our next book please email the details to the message board at... [masked]  Please include a review of the book with your message or better still, tell us in your own words why we should be reading it. Ideally suggestions should be available in paperback (for affordability) not too long or too short [masked] pages seems to work best) and of a decent standard of literature (make your own judgment about that one).

Also please give some thought as to how well the book lends itself to  lively discussion and debate on the night - Such things as a complexity of plot, a variety of themes, philosophical or social issues, well developed characters and perhaps a few unexpected twists and turns.

If you do recommend a book we will ask you to briefly (3 minutes maximum) tell us about the book at the meetup before we put each title to the vote so please come prepared for that. You do not have to chair

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  • Ann

    Sad that I missed such an exciting discussion this week. Did anyone else get a bit bored in the middle and dissatisfied at the end? I take the point about stereotypes. Not sure this book would make me want to read another Rose Tremain book, but I enjoyed most of it and did want ot know what happened at the end, which must be a good sign....

    December 12, 2013

  • Steve L.

    Thanks to everyone, esp Kevin & Tony, for your 'full & frank' contributions. Isn't it great how we can all read the same book & take completely different messages from it?

    Already started 'Hope: A Tragedy' and it's got everything we love in a book, including an implausible, unreliable female narrator on the run from the Nazis. Should be another great discussion :-)

    Best wishes to all for the festive season.

    2 · December 12, 2013

  • Cara J.

    Brilliant discussion can't believe how strong peoples dislike to the book was.

    1 · December 11, 2013

  • Matthew S.

    I thought we were about to have a mass walk-out or slow-hand clap at the beginning so well done to Kevin for holding it all together. I didn't love the book but I found myself defending the writer's right to write it. (punchy sentence huh?). The book explored so many difficult issues and challenged stereotypes and prejudices and I think the heated discussion that we had kinda confirms that.

    4 · December 11, 2013

  • Kirsty m.

    I didn't expect this book to cause such controversy! Took me by surprise but as always it's great to get a mix of opinion - makes for a lively debate! Have a Merry Christmas all!

    5 · December 11, 2013

    • Ceri

      time. I speak as a proud pudgy pasty Brit ;-)

      2 · December 11, 2013

    • Richard P.

      The controversy for me was the violence towards women and the “rape”. I felt the author played on a very old and nasty stereotype, to let Lev off the hook, by insinuating she’d come there for sex anyway, and kinda even liked it. I’m not sure what “challenge” the author was making there, but it could have been taken from a Daily Mail editorial.

      2 · December 11, 2013

  • Alex J.

    Not the best book I've read for the club but the discussion was great - as usual. And I've never before heard Tony say, 'I'm not wearing underwear right now!' (or words to that effect). Merry Christmas all, see you next year. Alex

    3 · December 11, 2013

  • Ian M.

    I enjoyed the evening a locked and it was a fantastic discussion with a lots of controversy. Well done Kevin for a fantastic discussion and it was interesting to hear everybody is different viewpoints.

    1 · December 11, 2013

  • Ceri

    Sorry to miss the second half. Great debate. Go team Rose haha!

    4 · December 10, 2013

  • Ann

    Read and enjoyed this book, but been to the dentist this aft and have been drilled to within an inch of my life! Looking forward to the next one.

    December 10, 2013

  • Erin K.

    Hi I am afraid I will not be able to attend this month. I am back up north of the border. Hope you guys have a fab discussion. Erin

    December 6, 2013

  • Ian M.

    I have to say, this is not normally my type of book. Surprisingly I am quite enjoying it. I can relate to the main character in some ways. I have almost finished it so looking forward to the event next week.

    December 4, 2013

  • Eric B.

    We've ordered the paperback, looking forward to starting it :(

    November 14, 2013

  • Cheryl P.

    Won't be attending due to work longstanding work commitments.

    November 13, 2013

  • Ian M.

    Well really looking forward to this one. Not a book I would have chosen but after reading the detailed cinopsiss that iTunes provides accompanying the audio book it sounds like it could be a really interesting read. Also the narrater of the book is one I like a lot. a longer book for this month also. I will be in Iland the weekend before the event and will return the day before smiley.

    November 13, 2013

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