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‘Ladies Who Read’ – WI Book Group

Book groups are an informal social gathering to discuss a set book. They provide an opportunity to read titles that you might not have otherwise tried and are interesting to ‘see’ a book from somebody else view point.  Our friendly book group meets at 7.30pm on the third Thursday of the month.  See web site for next meeting place. We discuss the pre-arranged book over light refreshments and then give the book a rating out of ten. Whenever possible the books are borrowed from the local library.

We are really sorry to see Christine move away but we wish her all the best and hope she and David are very happy.  Happily we have decided to carry on with the Book group.  We will meet at members houses with the host choosing the book which will be read the following month and discussed at the next meeting.

Mel will host this month at 7.30pm. 21st November.

December's book is A Keeper by Graham Norton.

Sandy will host this month at 7.30 pm.

July's Book is Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O'Farrell


A story of a dysfunctional but deeply loveable family reunited, set during the legendary summer of 1976, INSTRUCTIONS FOR A HEATWAVE by Maggie O'Farrell was shortlisted for the 2013 Costa Novel Award and was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller.

It's July 1976. In London, it hasn't rained for months, gardens are filled with aphids, water comes from a standpipe, and Robert Riordan tells his wife Gretta that he's going round the corner to buy a newspaper. He doesn't come back. The search for Robert brings Gretta's children - two estranged sisters and a brother on the brink of divorce - back home, each with different ideas as to where their father might have gone. None of them suspects that their mother might have an explanation that even now she cannot share.

June's Book is I See You by Clare Mackintosh

You do the same thing every day.  You know exactly where you’re going.  You’re not alone.

When Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classifieds section of a London newspaper, she is determined to find out why it’s there.  There’s no explanation; just a grainy image, a website and a phone number.  She takes it home to her family, who are convinced it’s just someone who ’looks’ like Zoe.  But the next day the advert shows a photo of a different woman, and another the day after that.  Is it a mistake?  A coincidence?  Or is someone keeping track of every move they make …

The average score was 8

May's Book is  The Marriage Pact  by Michelle Richmond

Newlyweds Alice and Jake are a picture-perfect couple. As  young professionals,their life together holds endless possibilities. After receiving an enticing wedding gift from one of Alice's prominent clients, they decide to join an exclusive and mysterious group known only as The Pact.

 The goal of The Pact seems simple: to keep marriages happy and intact. Alice and Jake are initially seduced by the glamorous parties, the sense of community and their widening social circle of like-minded couples. But then one of them breaks the rules.The young couple are about to discover that for adherents to The Pact, membership, like marriage, is for life and The Pact will go to any lengths to enforce that rule. For Jake and Alice, the marriage of their dreams is about to become their worst nightmare.

The average score was 5.5


April's Book is  Clock Dance by Anna Tyler 

Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life: when she was eleven and her mother disappeared, being proposed to at twenty-one, the accident that would make her a widow at forty-one. At each of these moments, Willa ended up on a path laid out for her by others.

So when she receives a phone call telling her that her son’s ex-girlfriend has been shot and needs her help, she drops everything and flies across the country…..

A bittersweet novel of hope and regret, fulfilment and renewal, Clock Dance brings us the everyday life of a woman who decides it’s never too late to change direction, and choose your own path.

The average score was 6

February's Book  is He Said She Said   by  Erin Kelly

In the hushed aftermath of a total eclipse, Laura witnesses a brutal attack. She and her boyfriend Kit call the police, and in that moment, four lives change forever.

Fifteen years on, Laura and Kit live in fear.

And while Laura knows she was right to speak out, she also knows that you can never see the whole picture: something is always hidden . . . something she never could have guessed.

The average score was 7.5

January's book is The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes by Ruth Hogan

Masha's life has been forever changed by a tragic event twelve years ago. Unable to let go of her grief, she finds comfort in her faithful canine companion Haizum, and peace in the quiet lanes of her town's lido.

Then a chance encounter with two extraordinary women - the fabulous and wise Kitty Muriel, a convent girl turned magician's wife turned seventy-something roller disco 
fanatic, and the mysterious Sally Red Shoes, a bag lady with a prodigious voice - opens up a new world of possibilities, and the chance to start living again. But just as Masha dares to imagine the future, her past comes roaring back .  The average score was 7

December's book is How to Stop Time by Matt Haig.

Tom Hazzard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41- year- old, but owing to a rare condition, he has been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to Jazz-Age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen a lot and now craves an ordinary life.

Always changing his identity to stay alive, Tom has the perfect cover as a history teacher at a London comprehensive teaching the children as if he had never witnessed events first hand. The only thing Tom must not do is fall in love.

How to Stop Time is a wild and bittersweet story about losing and finding yourself, about the certainty of change and about the lifetimes it can take to learn how to live.

The average score was 8.0


November's book is the auto-biographical  Further Confessions of a G.P. by Dr Benjamin Daniels.

Further Confessions of a GP is the follow-up to the bestselling Confessions of a GP. With more eyebrow-raising stories from the world of general practice, Dr Daniels will once again amuse, shock and surprise. Further Confessions of a GP is a witty insight into the life of a family doctor.  The average score was 6.5.

October's book is The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell. 

The average score was 6.3

September’s book was The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena, a domestic suspense novel about a young couple and their apparently friendly neighbours - a twisty, roller-coaster ride of lies, betrayal and the secrets between husbands and wives.  Most felt it was a 'light' read, but enjoyed the way the characters and plot were gradually revealed making you want to read on. The main criticism was the very end which we thought was 'a step too far'. The average score was 7.2 

November's book is Forget you had a Daughter by Sandra Gregory.


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