Lots more coming in from our reading groups across the county!

So hot off the press:

A group in Southam (no name given) read The Cutting Season by Attica Locke. They thought it a well-written novel , slow to get going, but then picked up pace, as the mystery unfolds. It lent to interesting discussions regarding preserving historic buildings with dark histories. They rated it “ very good” and would recommend the gripping tale.

The Girl in the Spotty Dress by Veronica Clark, was enjoyed by Leek Wootton WI. They found it an easy read, but would have liked more detail in the historical narrative, especially on early years after the war and early TV.

As an interesting aside- the “ girl” ( Pat Stewart) has just died at the age of 83.

Denise Winser from the Leamington Page Turners group , has sent a detailed, personal review of one of our newest books –Golden Hill  by Francis Spufford:

I wasn’t looking forward to reading this book at all. “ The best 18th-century novel since the 18th-century” it boasted on the cover. That was not a selling point for me. I started it with trepidation, but was hooked from the first page. This book is funny and beautifully written. The characters are convincing, engaging, likeable and endearingly flawed. The plot has more twists and turns than a viper in a maze, most of them very surprising, and including a final turn-about that I was not expecting at all. I learned plenty that I didn’t know about 18th century New York, and a bit about 18th century England. There are also some big questions lurking under the easy-to read surface. It was a book that I couldn’t wait to pick up, but also didn’t want to finish. Once I had finished it, parts of it kept coming into my mind for days afterwards.  

Having said all this, the book was not to everyone’s taste, at least in our reading group. Several people actively disliked it, while a few others didn’t get around to finishing it. I think the main criticism was of the style of writing-too flowery for some. When we came to scoring it, out of 10, it got a 10 from me, but one person gave it 0-definitely the widest range of scores of any book we’ve read.

The Ashes of London by Andrew Taylor has been read by Book Lovers of Southam. It generated a good discussion, with readers enjoying the detailed description of the Fire and the aftermath of ash. Parallels were drawn between then and now, around the volume of people displaced by war, tragedy and disaster, forced to move. Some people struggled to connect with the characters, and felt the book was too long. The book scored a “good” overall, and would be recommended to lovers of historical novels and thrillers. At nearly 500 pages long, the reader need to be committed !


Kenilworth library group enjoyed The Shepherd’s Life by James Rebanks, where they learnt a lot about sheep!!  Certainly something different !


Lastly, Pallett Perusers from Nuneaton , enjoyed  a gripping, if a somewhat horrific read,  with Gone Again by Doug Johnstone. They would recommend it, thought it “ very good” , but felt the ending was rushed.


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