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April 2020

Book Club – The Penguin Lessons by Tim Michell

8th April @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Leader Helen Carey - Meet at Helen's. ‘I was hoping against hope that the penguin would survive because as of that instant he had a name, and with his name came the beginning of a bond which would last a life-time’ Tom Michell is in his roaring twenties: single, free-spirited and seeking adventure. He has a plane ticket to South America, a teaching position in a prestigious Argentine boarding school, and endless summer holidays. He even has a motorbike, Che…

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May 2020

Book Club – An Unsuitable Match by Joanna Trollope

13th May @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Leader Karen Smith - Meet at Joyce's. An uplifting story of love, family and second chances. ‘Why on earth, after all you’ve been through, all you’ve survived, all you’ve achieved, why do you want to get married?’ Rose Woodrowe has just got engaged to Tyler Masson – a wonderful, sensitive man who is head-over-heels in love with her. The only problem? This isn’t the first time for either of them, and their five grown-up children have strong opinions on the…

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June 2020

Book Club – The Testaments by Margaret Attwood

10th June @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Leader Penny Cross - Meet at Helen's. Margaret Atwood’s dystopian masterpiece, The Handmaid’s Tale, is a modern classic. Now she brings the iconic story to a dramatic conclusion in this riveting sequel. More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially…

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July 2020

Book Club – The Devil in the Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgson

8th July @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Leader Joyce Doyle - Meet at Joyce's. London, 1727 – and Tom Hawkins is about to fall from his heaven of card games, brothels and coffee-houses into the hell of a debtors’ prison. The Marshalsea is a savage world of its own, with simple rules: those with family or friends who can lend them a little money may survive in relative comfort. Those with none will starve in squalor and disease. And those who try to escape will suffer a…

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September 2020

Book Club – The Man I Think I Know by Mike Gayle

9th September @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Leader Pat Sharp - Met at Helen's. A powerful and bittersweet story of an unexpected male friendship and an unlikely love story, a thought provoking storyline told with Mike’s distinctive wit and insight, touching on issues which affect us all. This uplifting tale reminds us of the simple courage at the heart of every human being. Ever since The Incident, James DeWitt has stayed on the safe side. He likes to know what happens next. Danny Allen is not on the…

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October 2020

Book Club – My Alphabet – a Life from A to Z by Nick Hewer

7th October @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Leader Joyce Barber - Meet at Joyce's. When Nick Hewer first appeared on our TV screens in The Apprentice in 2005, he had thought he was heading towards a quiet retirement after a long and successful career in PR and marketing. Little did he realise that appearing on the show with Lord Sugar and Margaret Mountford would mean that his life was about to be transformed. Quickly, he became a regular presence in our homes, renowned for his wry sense of humour and his astute insights. But the…

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November 2020

Book Club – Social and planning

11th November @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Meet at Helen's. We have decided not to have a specific book to read this month but to give more time for finalising the selection of books we would like to read in 2021 and making suggestions for further reading. We also thought it would be nice to have a social time and a chance to see if we needed to make any changes to the way we run the Book Club.

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