Happy new year everyone. Between poorly babies, imminent births and midwife appointments, our first meeting of the year had us firmly in the New Parents camp. Book group, less so.
For those of us who have read Iain Banks’ Espedair Street, we will discuss it alongside Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty at the February meeting. If you haven’t picked it up yet, I noticed it for sale in a ridiculous cheap Iain Banks bundle through The Book People. I had never read any Banks before and somehow expected him to be gritty, lean and hard-hitting. It must be all those steely grey covers. Not so, at least as far as Espedair Street is concerned. It’s quite a sweet, funny, romantic tale in fact, and was a total surprise to me.
Apple Tree Yard is also on offer – I just picked one up in WH Smith where it is currently Book of the Week and on sale at half price. And thanks to Fiona who is organised enough to be thinking of our May book choice, she has found The Things We Never Said by Susan Elliot Wright on Amazon for £1.95 paperback or £1.85 Kindle. Bargain! There’s hardly a better reason to curl up with wooly blanket and a good book this month.