Adult Book Group

The Malvern Book Group meets monthly…

Mums and dads – and nans and grandads – are welcome to join the Malvern Book Group.  This is a very informal, social gathering.  Please talk to Mr.Kynaston if you’re interested or would like a little bit more information.

The Book Group’s next meeting will take place on Thursday 26th April at 7.30pm in The Roby Pub on Greystone Road.

Between now and then, we’re reading ‘The Visible World’ by Mark Slouka as our book for April.

Amazon says:  ‘My mother knew a man during the war. Theirs was a love story, and like any good love story, it left blood on the floor and wreckage in its wake’. As a boy growing up in New York, his parents’ memories of their Czech homeland seem to belong to another world, as distant and unreal as the fairy tales his father tells him.

It is only as an adult, when he makes his own journey to Prague, that he is finally able to piece together the truth of his parents’ past: what they did, who his mother loved, and why they were never able to forget ?

The Book Group met on Thursday 22nd March at 7.30pm in The Roby Pub on Greystone Road.

We read P. J. Tracy’s ‘Nothing Stays Buried’ as our book for March.

Amazon says:  A young woman is murdered in a park in Minneapolis. When detectives Gino and Magozzi discover a playing card near the body, they recognise the work of a serial killer who has already struck the city once before.

But it’s worse than they imagined. The card is the four of spades; the last victim’s was the ace: it seems they’re already two murders behind.

Once again working with Grace MacBride and her team of analysts, they discover a web of evidence stretching back into the past. And there is little time to untangle it: this killer has a taste for blood, and he’s intent on playing out the deck . . .

The Book Group met will on Thursday 22nd February at 7.30pm in The Roby Pub on Greystone Road.

We read John Boyne’s ‘The Heart’s Invisible Furies’ as our book for February.

Amazon says: Cyril Avery is not a real Avery or at least that’s what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn’t a real Avery, then who is he?

Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead.

At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from – and over his three score years and ten, will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country and much more.

In this, Boyne’s most transcendent work to date, we are shown the story of Ireland from the 1940s to today through the eyes of one ordinary man. The Heart’s Invisible Furies is a novel to make you laugh and cry while reminding us all of the redemptive power of the human spirit.

The Book Group met on Thursday 25th January at 7.30pm in The Roby Pub on Greystone Road.

We read Philip Pullman’s ‘La Belle Sauvage – The Book of Dust Volume One’ as our book for Nov / Dec.

Seventeen years after Philip Pullman’s third volume of His Dark Materials trilogy sealed the door on Dust, daemons, witches and armoured bears, a tantalising new chapter now lies open with La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One.  Winding the clock back a decade before the events of the original series, La Belle Sauvage promises the return of Lyra – here still an infant – and the emergence of young Malcolm Polstead, the future academic who suddenly finds himself drawn into the cloak-and-dagger intrigue….

 

Marcus Sedgwick’s ‘Saint Death’ was our book for October. 

The Book Group met on Thursday 2nd November at 7.30pm in The Roby Pub on Greystone Road.

‘Saint Death’ is a potent, powerful and timely thriller about migrants, drug lords and gang warfare set on the US/Mexican border by prize-winning novelist, Marcus Sedgwick.

Anapra is one of the poorest neighbourhoods in the Mexican city of Juarez – twenty metres outside town lies a fence – and beyond it – America – the dangerous goal of many a migrant.