Monthly Archive for November, 2014


Hello all. Here’s an update for autumn and our last two book group meetings in October and November. As you will all know by now, Jo Colley who had lead the group for five years, decided to step down last summer. Jo has been a fabulous leader, introducing us to and guiding us through a wonderful mixture of books and poetry. So now we take it in turns to lead the group until we have a new group leader, which is proving to be good fun. Jessica lead the discussion for our October book, Donna Tartt’s ‘The Secret History’, which a number of us had read many years ago and re-read for the meeting. Having just finished ‘The Goldfinch’ and loved it, I found it fascinating to see how Tartt has developed her style over the years.

TrainOur November book was Haruki Murakami’s ’Colorless Tsukuru and his years of pilgrimage’ which sparked a great deal of discussion on how complex and layered Murakami’s style is and how his references to music, landscape and colour in the book have a deft touch that leave a lasting and profound impression. He is a marvelously clever writer. Some of us also appreciated the set of stickers we found in our special edition copy of the book.

In October, Jane, Angela and I went to see Jung Chang read excerpts from her current book ‘Express Dowager Cixi’ as part of the Durham Book Festival. We were captivated by her personal story of life as an author exiled from her native China whose writing continues to be banned, and by the extraordinarily beautiful 100 year-old silk robe she wore to the event. We’ll be reading her book for a future meeting. December’s book is ‘A girl is a half-formed thing’ by Eimear McBride which promises to be a challenging read and I for one, am looking forward to our discussion. Next books for the New Year to follow.

See you all on 8 December for our next meeting after which lovely Alison has arranged for us to go for our Christmas meal in Durham. Please post a message if you’d like to come along. Rachel