Book Group

ALL MONTHLY BOOK CLUB MEETINGS ARE CURRENTLY BEING HELD VIA ZOOM.

Visit our Saddleworth WI Members Facebook page on the evening of the scheduled meeting to post your review of the month’s book and also to read other people’s reviews, or join our Zoom meeting.

Contact Cathy Wilde or Lesley Winrow.
saddleworthwi.bookgroup@gmail.com

We meet on the fourth Wednesday of each month at The Conservative Club, Uppermill in the big room upstairs. Discussion starts at 7.30 pm.

You are welcome to join us. Come along and see what it’s all about, even if you haven’t read the book for the month.

The Book Group is available to Saddleworth WI members only.


BOOK LIST 2020

JANUARY 22nd

The Tent, The Bucket and Me by Emma Kennedy

Emma’s memoir, The Tent, The Bucket and Me is a painfully funny reminder of just what it was like to spend your summer holidays cold, damp but with sand between your toes. Emma Kennedy’s hilarious memoir of wet and windy family trips.


FEBRUARY 26th

The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier

A Quaker girl newly arrived from Dorset in pre-civil war Ohio. Jilted and broken-hearted, Honor Bright has rashly decided to accompany her sister Grace, who is off to marry her fiance in America.


MARCH 25th

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

29-year-old Eleanor Oliphant, a social misfit becomes enamoured of a singer she sees performing named Johnnie Lomond, whom she believes she is destined to be with.


APRIL 22nd

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

Set against the backdrop of a Naples that is as seductive as it is perilous and a world undergoing epochal change, this is a story of a lifelong friendship between Lila and Elena.


MAY 27th

Poster Boy by N J Crosskey

Broadcast live, Rosa Lincoln takes to the stage at her brother’s memorial service with a bomb concealed beneath her clothes. Being in Jimmy’s shadow was never easy, even when he was alive, but in death he has become a national hero.

Despite being able to post our book reviews on the SWI Members facebook page the Book Group wanted more. As a result we held our May meeting via Zoom.

This was our first attempt and we will be tweaking things here and there for the meeting next month.

Sixteen members attended the Zoom meeting when we discussed Anne’s book, The Poster Boy by N J Crosskey. The majority of people enjoyed the book describing it by using such words as:
unsettling, disturbing, riveting, worrying, shocking, scary, upsetting and an eye opener.

It was decided that whilst most of us would recommend the book, we would have to carefully choose which of our friends it would suit. As usual the book initiated a wider discussion.


JUNE 24th

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

For more than a decade, Jenna Metcalf has never stopped thinking about her mother, Alice, who mysteriously disappeared in the wake of a tragic accident. Refusing to believe she was abandoned, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice’s old journals.


JULY 22nd

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

The story of a mother reeling from the tragic death of her son. On a dark evening, walking her son home from school, a mother’s worst nightmare comes true: he slips from her grasp and runs into the road, where he is hit by a speeding car.

Thirteen members attended the Zoom meeting and the majority of people enjoyed the book and gave the following opinions:

“A really good psychological thriller.”
“Gripping.” 
“A mother’s worst nightmare.” 
“A very good main plot and although I thought that some of the subplots were somewhat predictable, this didn’t stop me from enjoying the book.”
“A page turner of a book.” 
“I was excited but at the same time apprehensive as I thought something dreadful was going to happen.”
“Liked the twist, very clever.” 
“I had to read part one again to make sure I’d read it right as I hadn’t expected that twist!” 
“I stayed up until the early hours to finish the book, I just couldn’t put it down.” 


A lively discussion ensued about many of the aspects raised by the book, for example, the intricacies of police investigations, domestic abuse and the ambiguous ending chosen by the author. Many of us decided that we would like to read more books written by Clare Mackintosh.


AUGUST 26th

You Made Me Late Again! by Pam Ayres

With over 50 new poems from Britain’s favourite poet.
Delightfully illustrated, most of the poems are brand new, yet it also features several firm favorites from her stage shows.

12 members, including one new to the Book Group, attended the August Zoom meeting.

This was a different type of book to what is usually chosen and most of those at the meeting would not have elected to read it. However that’s what a Book Group is all about and the majority enjoyed it and thanked Alison for choosing it saying –

“Enjoyed it”
“Really Good”
“Quite funny”
“I enjoyed the poem about the Perfect Swimsuit”
“I enjoyed the humour”
“I related to the poems”
“Perfect”


As always a very varied discussion followed. 


SEPTEMBER 23rd
Book Group meeting with a difference!
Phaedra Patrick, the author of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, will be joining the Zoom meeting on the 23rd September. She will be more than happy to take any questions and will want our honest opinions so don’t worry if you didn’t enjoy the book.

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick

Arthur Pepper, 69, has been widowed for a year. He is comfortable in his mourning but has reached the point at which it must end, one way or another.

The book group was delighted to have Phaedra join us for the zoom meeting. 21 members took part in the discussion, all the  group thoroughly enjoyed the book and gave  lots of positive feedback.

“Such a feel good story ,just what was needed in these difficult times “
“Full of colourful characters”
“Positive message to lift our spirits”
“Would recommend Phaedra’s other novels”

The members asked lots of interesting questions asked about the book, the characters and where the ideas for them come from. Phaedra also talked about the possibility of this book being made into a film and how that came about.

Overall a very positive meeting and thanks to Phaedra for joining us.


OCTOBER 28th

Becoming by Michelle Obama

The memoir of former United States first lady Michelle Obama. The book talks about her roots and how she found her voice, as well as her time in the White House, her public health campaign, and her role as a mother.


NOVEMBER 25th

Bloodline by Mark Billingham

When a dead body is found in a North London flat, it seems like a straightforward domestic murder until a bloodstained sliver of X-ray is found clutched in the dead woman’s fist – and it quickly becomes clear that this case is anything but ordinary. DI Thorne discovers that the victim’s mother had herself been murdered fifteen years before by infamous serial killer Raymond Garvey.


DECEMBER 9th (NOTE: 2nd WEDNESDAY)

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

During the languid days of the Christmas break, a group of thirtysomething friends from Oxford meet to welcome in the New Year together, a tradition they began as students ten years ago…