Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Mary Westmacott Absent in the Spring

Good but not great . We couldn't help  comparing to her other name "Agatha Christie",similar tricks and devices in the writing . Enough in it to be worth reading and not a whodunnit  but  a mystery in its own way

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Sylvia Plath The BellJar

Why have none of us read this before ?  It is a good read. Funny moments in a sad story

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Sebastian Barry - A Temporary Gentleman

A hit. Most really liked it one quite liked it. One of the overlapping but independent series of books about the McNulty family. Lyrical, moving ,engaging

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Evelyn Waugh - A Handful of Dust

A book of two halves, Some preferred the first half  some the second but all found it readable

Friday, 22 December 2017

Beryl Bainbridge The Bottle Party Outing

Mixed reception of this one . Some quite liked  some not. Perhaps a period piece and a a farcical element as well

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Barbara Pym - Excellent Women

A clear majority liked this .One of us not . Some lovely turns of phrase in the story of quiet post-War desperation ,

Monday, 25 September 2017

Etgar Kerret -Suddenly a Knock on the Door

Short  ,sometimes very short stories.Perhaps a theme of human sadness, mortality ,frailty.Some funny bits , some inventive m but does it hang together as a whole
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