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Book Group Reading List

WI members may read reviews on the books below made by other members and add their own reviews as well.

At first sight, Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He thinks himself surrounded by idiots - neighbours who can't reverse a trailer properly, joggers, shop assistants who talk in code, and the perpetrators of the vicious coup d'etat that ousted him as Chairman of the Residents' Association. He will persist in making his daily inspection rounds of the local streets.But isn't it rare, these days, to find such old-fashioned clarity of belief and deed? Such unswerving conviction about what the world should be, and a lifelong dedication to making it just so?

March 2023 A Man called Ove
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May 2023 A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW  BY AMOR TOWLES


This is a “supremely uplifting book, elegant, witty and delightful…..much like the Count himself. We were all charmed by the Count and despite this being a novel with a somewhat fantastical premise set half a century ago in a country very different from our own, yet we still thought the book was very relevant today.

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Athens, 1941. Nazi forces occupy Greece ... and a nation falls apart. Those who are Loved takes you into the darker days of Greek history and, through the eyes of its extraordinary heroine, illuminates the courage it takes to live in peace.

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January  2023 -  Educated by Tara Westover

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Tara Westover grew up preparing for the end of the world. She was never put in school, never taken to the doctor. She did not even have a birth certificate until she was nine years old.

At sixteen, to escape her father's radicalism and a violent older brother, Tara left home. What followed was a struggle for self-invention, a journey that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes, and the will to change it.

September 2022 - Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

For years, rumours of the 'Marsh Girl' have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. 

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July 2022  - Plot 29 by Allen Jenkins

As a young boy in 1960s Plymouth, Allan Jenkins and his brother, Christopher, were rescued from their care home and fostered by an elderly couple. There, the brothers started to grow flowers in their riverside cottage. The solace he found in tending a small London allotment echoed the childhood moments when he grew nasturtiums from seed.

Examining the truths and untruths that he’d been told, he discovers the secrets to why the two boys were in care. What emerges is a vivid portrait of the violence and neglect that lay at the heart of his family.

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May 2022 - The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

A powerful and extraordinary novel about the unlikely friendship between two exceptional women during the last years of slavery in the US.

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March 2022 - And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

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January 2022 - The Ambassador's Wife by Jennifer Steil

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November 2021 - The Children Act by Ian McEwan

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September 2021 - Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell

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July 2021 - Old Filth by Jane Gardam

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