Mayfair Library Reading Group met yesterday to discuss Cousins by Salley Vickers.
May 1994: Will Tye, a student at Cambridge, falls from the tower of King’s College. This event is the starting point for a story running through three generations of the Tye family, told from the view point of three different women: Will’s sister Hetta, grandmother Betsy and his aunt Bell. The group felt that this device was sometimes confusing, they weren’t always sure who was speaking.
All agreed that the ending (which we won’t give away!) was the best part of the book, when the story really picked up. They saw it as interesting rather than shocking or surprising.
Salley Vickers is probably best known for her first novel, published in 2000, Miss Garnet’s Angel. You can find her other books, including Cousins, in Westminster Libraries.
The group meets at the end of March to discuss their next book, Cartes Postales from Greece by Victoria Hislop. Come and join in!
Local author Jack Felson recently gave a thoughtful and interesting talk about his novel Charlie’s Trips to the Paddington Library Reader’s Group and guests.
The book is a futuristic version of The Wizard of Oz, a dark tale that deals and plays with many of America’s institutions and values such as family, religion, army, marriage and fame.It’s a science-fiction work as well as a comedy, a social satire and a disaster story. It basically deals with a paradox, the main character being able to see into the future when he lost his past.
Jack talked about the book but also about his life as a bi-lingual French author and film director living in London, about America, politics and more – a thought provoking and entertaining evening!
April is here again, and that can only mean one thing if you’re a library member in London: Cityread!
Each April, Cityread asks London’s citizens, workers and visitors to pick up a book – the same book – and read it together. Taking the chosen novel as a starting point, a month-long programme of book groups, film screenings and other events takes place across all 33 London boroughs in libraries, bookshops, museums and other venues.
This year’s book is Ten Days, a newly published and gripping thriller by Orange Prize-shortlisted author Gillian Slovo:
‘Ten unpredictable days of violence erupt from a stifling heatwave. And, as Westminster careers are being made or ruined, lives are at stake. Ten Days is about what happens when politics, policing and the hard realities of living in London collide.’
Here in Westminster we have a programme of special events including historical talks and a walk around key ‘rebel’ points in Westminster’s streets. Our many reading groups will be joining in and discussing the book at meetings throughout the month – pick one and come along!
Click on the book cover above to find copies of Ten Days available in your library. It’s also available as an ebook and we have limited numbers of free copies to give away – ask in your library.
We’d love to know what you think of the book. If you can’t get to a reading group to discuss it, let us know your views in the comments.
Do you live by the Warrior Cat Code?
Who’s your favourite: Tom Gates, the Wimpy Kid or Hetty Feather?
Are you desperate to join Cherub?
Or has the retro appeal of Enid Blyton adventures got you gripped?
Whatever you’re into, it’s more fun when you can share your views with others.
Chatterbooks Reading Groups are a great way for children aged 8-11 to chat with friends old and new about what they’re reading, find out about what other books they might enjoy, play games and pick up book-related goodies.
The next Chatterbooks session is at Marylebone Library this Thursday, 11 February, from 4 to 5pm.
Previous activities have included designing your own book cover, word bingo, quizzes, craft sessions and taking part in competitions. Currently, the search is on for children to join the Best of the Best Children’s Book Award judging panel – if you’re keen to apply, why not join the group and get help and ideas for your book review? Bring a friend and start chatting!