Posted on 20th September 2011

Posted by Sophie

Tags: , ,

‘Reading in the Bath’ reading group on The Water Theatre

The tension is maintained right up to the final revelation of the ‘betrayal’ – ‘O what a tangled web we weave’…! When I reached the final pages, I was left with the feeling that this was a book that I shall revisit at some time in the future and which is definitely worthy of being ‘uncovered’.”

Posted on 20th September 2011

Posted by Sophie

Tags: , ,

Brixton reading group reads The London Satyr

The narrative threads of this novel – the loss of a favourite daughter, his wife’s newfound work as a spiritualist medium, his side line in the dark and nefarious world of pornography, nuanced domestic dynamics and the murder of a child are all interwoven to create a believable and credible story. A concise and involving read.”

Posted on 20th September 2011

Posted by Sophie

Tags: , , ,

Shipley Reading Group reads Nimrod’s Shadow

Nimrod’s Shadow is a thoroughly readable and engrossing book with a dual plot and a limited number of major characters. These characters are portrayed wonderfully well and are entirely believable. They drive the story along marvellously well.

Posted on 20th September 2011

Posted by Sophie

Tags: , ,

Oyne Book Club reads Night Waking

Anna Bennett is a historian and Oxford Fellow and mother of two boys. She comes from a working class background and has married into aristocracy, albeit somewhat impoverished…

Posted on 20th September 2011

Posted by Sophie

Tags: , ,

Rampant Readers group reads The Proof of Love

For me, the appeal of this story is in the questions it raises. Can extended academic life be a preparation for coping with the messy realities of human life? What is the nature of love? Can it be reduced to a mathematical formula which proves its truth? Can escape really bring freedom?

Posted on 20th September 2011

Posted by Sophie

Tags: , ,

Douglas Library Reading Group reads Disputed Land

Slow-paced, nostalgic, well-crafted yet delicately and subtly written, the plot of the book is a reflection of growing up in the Welsh marches, the author’s own experience within that location, and a thoughtful study of family interaction and progression through the main character’s adolescent development.

Posted on 18th October 2010

Posted by Sophie

Tags: , , ,

Fiction Uncovered by… Miranda McKearney, The Reading Agency

I first read Alan Isler’s The Prince of West End Avenue when it was published in 1994 and still return to it every few years. Hardly anyone I know has heard of him… but maybe you all have and we’ll form a new fan base. This book’s set in a New York old people’s home,…

Posted on 18th October 2010

Posted by Sophie

Tags: , ,

The Power of Reading Groups

Readers will recommend the books to others, creating a buzz around the titles and, once again, demonstrating the true power of reading groups to shape, and shift, reading habits.