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We are a friendly group of people of all ages and from all walks of life that have a love of books in common. The club offers members the opportunity to share and discuss their reading experiences in a friendly, sociable and informal atmosphere.

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February Meetup

The Golf Lounge

First things first – big thanks to Alana for finding somewhere for us to meet after we discovered that our usual venue was closed. (I’ve spoken to them this morning and they explained what happened – the good news is the venue is still open and is available as usual for us going forward). As always both books generated plenty of good discussion – and very different responses; Defying Hitler was warmly received scoring a very high 81, The Christmas Mystery didn’t raise much festive cheer with a score of 35. The former secures a spot in the Book Clubs all time Top 20 scores, the latter in our Bottom 20. (I’ll send out a separate note on all time scores for folk who have an interest in that sort of thing!) For February, death seems to be very much in our minds. We’ve got a classic murder mystery and a journey into the world of cremation. Happy reading! Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematorium by Caitlin Doughty (nominated by Judit) From her first day at Westwind Cremation & Burial, twenty-three-year-old Caitlin Doughty threw herself into her curious new profession. Coming face-to-face with the very thing we go to great lengths to avoid thinking about she started to wonder about the lives of those she cremated and the mourning families they left behind, and found herself confounded by people's erratic reactions to death. Exploring our death rituals - and those of other cultures - she pleads the case for healthier attitudes around death and dying. Full of bizarre encounters, gallows humour and vivid characters (both living and very dead), this illuminating account makes this otherwise terrifying subject inviting and fascinating. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (nominated by David) Agatha Christie’s world-famous mystery thriller, reissued with a striking new cover designed to appeal to the latest generation of Agatha Christie fans and book lovers. Ten strangers, apparently with little in common, are lured to an island mansion off the coast of Devon by the mysterious U.N.Owen. Over dinner, a record begins to play, and the voice of an unseen host accuses each person of hiding a guilty secret. That evening, former reckless driver Tony Marston is found murdered by a deadly dose of cyanide. The tension escalates as the survivors realise the killer is not only among them but is preparing to strike again… and again… Other books nominated were: This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens by Eddie Izzard The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin The Optician of Lampedusa by Emma Jane Kirby Off in a Boat by Neil Gunn The Color Purple by Alice Walker Subliminal by Leonard Mlodinow

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January Meetup

The Golf Lounge

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