This group meets once a month (usually on the last Thursday of the month) in Shoreham to discuss a book, have some nice food and drink and enjoy meeting others in the area. There are always new members coming, which really makes for an interesting and welcoming group. Ordinarily the book and date are posted on here a 1-2 months before hand. The guest list is limited to 20 but there's a wait list. If you can't make it for any reason, please change your RSVP as there's always someone on the wait list who'd like to come in your place (someone always drops out so it's well worth going onto the wait list). Guests are asked to contribute between £1-£2 to cover the cost of the online group (depending on how many come!), and sometimes there's a chance to book a meal as well. Hope to see you at a book club meeting soon!
In 1958, Sylvia Blackwell, fresh from one of the new post-war Library Schools, takes up a job as children's librarian in a run down library in the market town of East Mole. Her mission is to fire the enthusiasm of the children of East Mole for reading. But her love affair with the local married GP, and her befriending of his precious daughter, her neighbour's son and her landlady's neglected grandchild, ignite the prejudices of the town, threatening her job and the very existence of the library with dramatic consequences for them all. The Librarian is a moving testament to the joy of reading and the power of books to change and inspire us all.
Little Lien wasn't taken from her Jewish parents - she was given away in the hope that she might be saved. Hidden and raised by a foster family in Amsterdam during the Nazi occupation, she survived the war only to find that her real parents had not. Much later, she fell out with her foster family, and Bart van Es - the grandson of Lien's foster parents - knew he needed to find out why. His account of tracing Lien and telling her story is a searing exploration of two lives and two families. It is a story about love and misunderstanding and about the ways that our most painful experiences - so crucial in defining us - can also be redefined.