Monthly meetings of the Book Club are held at the Angel Hotel, Market Harborough on the first Monday of the month at 8 pm (note new start time from June). New members always very welcome. For the July meeting members are reading ‘Commonwealth’ by Ann Patchett.
This is what the Club has been up to so far this year:
The May meeting discussed a biography or autobiography of their own choice before moving on to discussing ‘The Trouble with goats and sheep’ by Joanna Cannon. Joanna will also be speaking at Kibworth Library on 22 June. Tickets £5 from Kibworth Bookshop.
Author, Louise Jensen, joined WI members at their meeting on Monday, 3 April at 7.30 pm at the Angel Hotel. Louise discussed her latest book, ‘The Gift’. It was so enthralling no one remembered to take a photo!
For the 6 March meeting members read ‘The Essex Serpent’ by Sarah Perry.
Earlier this year, members finished reading Sara Pascoe’s book: ‘Animal – The Autobiography of a Female Body’.
We found this a very candid and thought-provoking book, which lead to a stimulating discussion. Sara explores what it is like to be female and delves into all the difficult, personal issues which sometimes confront women. Her material is drawn from her own very intimate and revealing anecdotes, together with research she has carried out into the anthropological theories that possibly shape women and drive our animalistic needs! She lays bare her self-hate about her appearance, questioning where these insecurities originate. No topic is spared – from abortion, female genital mutilation, to rape and consent. We found her chapter on the complex nuances of consent particularly insightful – one that maybe all young girls should read (and perhaps young boys too)!
Sara manages to do all this with characteristic frankness and wit, without ever sounding moralising or judgemental. Members enjoyed the book so much that several of us have booked to see her show when it comes to the Y Theatre in April 2017.
Book Club have just finished reading ‘How to Kill Friends and Implicate People’ by Jay Stringer. Denise Smith posts this review:
‘This is one of the Sam Ireland mystery series – Sam being a female private investigator based in Glasgow. The writer had attempted to emulate the vernacular of life in a gritty Glasgow setting but some members were deterred from reading the book because of the bad language and violence. The changing first person narrators kept us alert, as did keeping track of the various criminals and bodies that kept appearing! However, we appreciated the dark humour and took the rather improbable scenarios in our stride. We liked the short chapters which added to the feeling of pace. The intricately woven tale of gangland crimes was mingled with a romance between Sam, the private investigator, and Fergus, the hitman, whom she unwittingly dates after meeting online. . It did make us think that perhaps more care was needed when using dating websites!’