Rosie and Alys

In December we read Graeme Simsion’s bestselling romantic comedy, The Rosie Project. We liked it. Amusing and thought provoking with an endearing hero, it generated some interesting discussion. One member stayed up late to finish it – the highest praise possible from anyone with small children.

January’s book was Alys Always by Harriet Lane. It’s narrated by Frances; a sub editor whose life changes when she witnesses the aftermath of a car accident. We had mixed views on this one, and about Frances. Some of us enjoyed her ‘everyday badness’ while others thought she needed to be a bit more evil. A mostly entertaining page turner though.

Because it was January, we nominated some favourite reads of 2014. From our book group choices we liked The Rosie Project, The Shock of the Fall, and Appletree Yard. Members also recommended:

How to be both, Ali Smith (our March 2015 book)

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, Judith Kerr

The Quincunx, Charles Palliser

A Bunch of Fives, Helen Simpson

Ghana Must Go, Taiye Selasi

Poetry by Carol Ann Duffy, Liz Berry and Dylan Thomas

At our February meeting, we’ll be looking at Lottie Moggach’s digital age thriller, Kiss Me First. Hope to see you then.

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