Books and Reading – Archive

November 10th 2019

Driving Over Lemons by Chris Stewart is about the trials, tribulations and joys of buying a derelict farm on the outskirts of a village in Andalucia, southern Spain.  The adventures encountered whilst turning the farm into a going concern and a home are told pragmatically and with humour.

We all agreed that this book had been an enjoyable read and, if we were a fewyounger we would have embraced such a life with gusto.

17th January 2019 

Books and Reading Monday 14th January:-

The discussion on ‘A Year in the Life of the Yorkshire Shepherdess’, Amanda Owen was lively.  The story took us through twelve months of the joys and perils of living and running a hillside farm.  The tone of the book was light and matter of fact making it an easy and relaxing read.

The book for Jan/Feb 2019 is ‘The Shape of Water’  by Andrea Camilleri, a detective novel.  The book will be discussed at thenext meeting on Monday 11 February at Bolsover Library at 2 p.m.

July 17th 2018

Well, we have a challenge on our hands this month. The challenge being to wade through this hefty tome in the space of one month. “We are not ourselves”, written by Matthew Thomas, tells the story of Eileen Leary, the matriarch of an Irish-American family from the 1960’s onwards. So far, it’s promising to be a page-turner but I’ll let you know at the next group meeting. If you want to find out for yourself, get a copy from the library and come and join us on Monday 13th August – 2pm in the library.

November 11th 2017

The Books and Reading Group are meeting to discuss last months book, and, receive the next one, on Monday 13th November. 2pm, Bolsover Library. Find the group Coordinators contact details on the BDU3A website page, who, what, when, where, or just click the link on What’s On, if you would like more information.

November 5th 2017

The Books and Reading Group are meeting on Monday 13th November, Bolsover Library, 2pm. A lively group with plenty of discussion and a shared interest in literature. Jean Hull and the rest of the group will be delighted to see you. For contact details check out the BDU3A website.

May 12th 2017

The Book Group will be meeting at 2pm, Monday 15th May, Bolsover Library. Another critique of the latest read, and another book for next month. Always intriguing how so many people can read the same book but have such different views. A very lively and friendly group, always pleased to see new members, interested? need more information? Contact Jean Hull, just click the link on the ‘What’s On’ page BDU3A website for contact details.

February 19th, 2017

The Book Reading Group which met up on Monday 13th February was certainly the most animated one which I have attended. The book being discussed was After Such Kindness by Gaynor Arnold which, according to the blurb, was “inspired by the tender and troubling friendship between Lewis Carroll and his muse”.

The opening page, narrated by an Oxford Don, a man of the church, revealed the man’s growing fondness for an eleven year old girl.  While this immediately made me feel uncomfortable, nothing improper was intimated at this stage and the book was so well written, and the characters so believable, the story so gripping, that I had to keep reading.  As did the rest of the group, it seems.

Its fair to say that the most frequently used word to describe this book was “disturbing” yet the majority of us thought it was a very good read.  Naturally, this led the discussion on to how we, as a society, now deal with the issue of abuse as opposed to how it was dealt with in Victorian times when this novel is set.

Not the most uplifting book I’ve read but one that will stay with me for a long time.  Recommended.

The  next book on our list is The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters, a Sunday Times Fiction Book of the Year.  We’ll see.  I understand that Ms Waters also wrote Tipping the Velvet which was televised some time ago.  If that’s anything to go by, it should prove to be very different to our last book.  Why don’t you get a copy out of the library, and join us on Monday 6th March, 2pm at Bolsover Library, and let us know what you think?

Rose Bailey

December 11th 2016

The Books and Reading group will be meeting on Monday 12 December, 2pm, Bolsover Library. The latest book will be discussed, and the next book issued. This is always an interesting lively group discussion, with a tea/coffee and biscuit break. For further information please contact Jean Hull by clicking the link on the ‘What’s On’ page, BDU3A website.

The reading group met on Monday 13 June to review the Secret Life of Bletchley Park.

The new book, for the next four weeks is:- The Story Of Beautiful Girl, by Rachel Simon. If you are interested in reading along please contact Jean Hull via the ‘What’s On’ page, by clicking on the link, or call in at the Bolsover Library and ask for the BDU3A latest book.