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Walker’s Book Group meet on the first Saturday of every month at 11.00am in the Potting Shed Tea Room. It is completely FREE to join, and all are welcome. We have an arrangement with the Doncaster Library Lending Service who supply us with our sets of books. They are available to be picked up from the Cantley branch library from the first Saturday of every month.We will read these books July-October 2017: The Story of a Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon in July (to review in August); St Agnes’ Stand by Thomas Edison in August (to review in September); Campari for Breakfast in September (to review in October); and The Colour by Rose Tremain in October (to review in November).

Walkers Book Club – St Agnes’ Stand by Thomas Eidson

St Agnes’ Stand by Thomas Eidson  St Agnes’ Stand is set in New Mexico, and is a classic story of the American West. Although I would classify this as a Western, it is not an average Western and deals with good triumphing over evil, faith and religion, struggle; both spiritually and physically, hope and finally […]

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Walkers Nurseries Book Club – The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon

The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon Another book that split the reading group. The book starts with a young white woman, Lynnie and her black man friend, Homan, appearing at the door of a widow, Martha, living in an isolated farm, in the middle of a storm. Martha lets them in and then […]

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Walkers Book Club – The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini This book, the first by the author, gives an insight into the trials and tribulations that the Afghan nation has been through. The four main characters of the novel are all male and live in a grand house in Kabul. Amir, our hero is the son of a successful […]

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Walkers Nurseries Book Club – Before I Go To Sleep by S J Watson

Before I Go to Sleep by S J Watson This is the story of Christine who wakes up every morning unable to remember anything about her past life. She is 47, but can’t remember anything past her early 20s. Every day her husband answers the same questions and fills her in with the details of […]

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Walkers Nurseries Book Club – Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes ‘Me Before You’ is the story of Will Traynor who is injured in an accident that leaves him paralysed and unable to do anything for himself. Lou Clark becomes his carer after losing her job and being in desperate need of money to support her family. The book follows […]

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Walkers Nurseries Book Club – Digging to America by Anne Tyler

Digging to America by Anne Tyler Digging to America by Anne Tyler received a wide range of responses from the members of Walkers Book Club, with some disliking it so much as to say it was the worst book the book club had ever read. Others felt, once read to the end, they had enjoyed […]

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Walkers Book Club – The Book of You by Claire Kendall

The Book of You Claire Kendall Wow – what a page turner! Gripping, and excellently constructed – the parallel narratives (Clarissa’s and the trial) worked really well – very clever! The author managed to convey suspense, emotion and drama. The bits about stalking were very good, if not downright disturbing. Some readers were not convinced […]

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Walkers Book Club – The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood The Hand Maid’s Tale is a book in the tradition of 1984 and Brave New World, and was written in the mid Eighties. The novel is set in America, which had recently fallen under a fundamentalist, theocratic government, where citizens are deprived of personal contact and under constant surveillance. There […]

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Walkers Book Club – When We Were Friends by Tina Seskis

WHEN WE WERE FRIENDS TINA SESKIS What a bore! This book was labored in structure and content, with the plot pointlessly skipping back and forth between place and person. Presumably the author was aiming to create suspense and interest, but only succeeded in being irritating. You would need a more talented writer to pull this […]

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Walkers Book Club – Letters to my Husband by Stephanie Butland

Letters to my Husband by Stephanie Butland As the title suggest, the book consists of a series of letters that Elizabeth, the main character, writes to her deceased husband. The text is interspersed with narrative, from the past and the present, which fills in the gaps between the letters. Mike, her husband, dies in a […]

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Walkers Book Club – Catch 22 Joseph Heller

Catch 22 Joseph Heller This book was an addition to the schedule, essentially for my benefit and was discussed over a pleasant afternoon tea at Walkers, highly recommended – the tea that is. I had read the book many years ago, finally at the third attempt, and found it thought provoking and moving, and I […]

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Walkers Book Club – Something Might Happen by Julie Myerson

Something Might Happen – Julie Myerson “Something Might Happen” is not a murder mystery. This is how the book is described by the author. The novel begins with a gruesome murder in a sleepy seaside town and then introduces you to the main character, Tess, and members of her family. The plot then becomes involved […]

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Walkers Book Club A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood

A Single Man Christopher Isherwood This short novel has a slow burn, but if you can manage it to the end, it lingers on the mind. George is an Englishman, a middle-aged professor teaching English literature at the San Tomas State College in LA, California. He is not only the Single Man of the title, […]

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Walkers Book Club – A Song From Dead Lips William Shaw

A Song from Dead Lips William Shaw This book is the first in a trilogy by William Shaw, the central characters being D.S. Cathal Breen and W.P.C. Helen Tozer. The book is a political thriller set in London in 1968, and Marylebone C.I.D. is where the central characters are based. Cathal Breen, an outsider with […]

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Edible Stories by Mark Kurlansky

Edible Stories by Mark Kurlansky As the title suggests, food is the inspiration for this collection of short stories. The author intriguingly describes it as “ A novel about food in sixteen courses” which is perhaps an exaggeration as far as novels go, but certainly there are links between some of the different stories. Continuing […]

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Three Men in a Boat Jerome K. Jerome

Three Men in a Boat Jerome K. Jerome Published in 1889, this is a quintessentially English novel. It is packed with charm, and the sort of Jeeves and Wooster style humour that only a writer born and bred in the southern counties of England might achieve. Both light-hearted and philosophical, this is an hilarious account […]

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Stealing People by Robert Wilson

Stealing People by Robert Wilson This book was not very well received by the Reading Group, but it was probably not written for our demographic. This was a thriller set in London, with a complex plot that tried to bring in all the big players into the picture, MI5 and 6, Russian Mafia, the CIA […]

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Walkers Nurseries Book Club – House of Spirits by Isabel Allende

“House of Spirits” by Isabel Allende This is an informal review of the book and its effect on our book group. It received varied comments and marks. The group were very divided in their views and reactions to this book. I volunteered to write this review as I really enjoy her work. I own several […]

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Walkers Nurseries Book Club – Fishbowl by Bradley Somer

Fishbowl by Bradley Somer This book divided opinion amongst the group, although “quirky” was an adjective used more than once, usually in a good way. The book is based in a block of flats somewhere in a poor area of a town in America and follows a number of larger than life characters through a […]

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