Book review


Stoner’ by John Williams

The novel is set in and around the campus of the University of Missouri in Columbia and covers the period from 1910 when the protagonist, Stoner, first enters university, until his death in 1956.

Stoner is an only child in a lonely household, where he and his parents work from dawn to dusk eking out a meagre living from the barren, unrelenting land.  On finishing high school, his surprisingly forward-looking parents enrol him into the University of Missouri to study agriculture.  English literature is a required element of the course and Stoner has a ‘Damascus’ moment, realising that this is where his future lies. Continue reading



Thursday 12h February 2015 19:30 : ‘Where Angels Fear to Tread’ by EM Forster– English prejudices clash with Italian passions in EM Forster’s first novel, published in 1905.

Friday 27th February 10:30 ‘The Song of Achiiles’ by Madeline Miller –  Winner of the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction “A startlingly original work of art by an incredibly talented new novelist …

If you are interested i joining one of our Book Clubs, please contact David or Anne

Book Clubs

Thursday Group
Meeting in the evening, usually the second Thursday in the month
Next meeting:
Thursday 13th November 19:30
The Other Hand by Chris Cleave
Venue : 22 Orchard Hey, Maghull
David K

Friday Group
Meeting in the morning, usually the fourth Friday in the month
Next meeting:
Friday 28th November 10:30
23 Buckingham Road, Maghull
Memoirs of the youngest Mitford sister by Deborah Devonshire
Anne C

for more information please contact leaders or call at the Book table at the weekly Coffee morning.

February Book clubs

The Friday morning meeting is on 14th February, 10.30 at 23 Buckingham Road, will be discussing the book, War Horse by Michael Morpurgo. This is the original book for older children which has been adapted for the stage by the National Theatre and has been translated into German and currently on in London and Berlin. An English play translated into German, it has a German cast singing English folk songs in German. “I was there on the first night in Berlin, writes Michael Monpurgo – a night to remember. It is a play and book about peace and reconciliation and about the pity of war too in the very theatre where Hitler and the Kaiser sat!”
Anne Carr

The next Thursday evening meeting is on February 13th at 22 Orchard Hey to discuss   Fine Balance by  Rohinton Mistry, set in Bombay in 1975, during a period of great political and social unrest and  described as “a magnificent novel captures all the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India.”  David K

Book Club

We have been reading The Hundred Year Old Man  Who Climbed out the the Window and Disappeared by  Jonas Jonasson. Allan Karlsson is the eponymous centenarian, who with unlikely sprightliness hops out of the window of his old people’s home one afternoon and does a runner – or more of a shuffle. Fast-moving and relentlessly sunny, the novel quickly develops into a romp that takes in all the major events of the 20th century. ( Read more here )

We are meeting to talk about this book and others individuals have been reading over the holiday on Thursday 9th January 7:30pm

Our other group meet next on Friday 10th January 10 30am. They have been reading an older tale of adventure and intrigue, “The Thirty Nine Steps” by John Buchan

New Book Club members are always welcome. Please contact David on 526 6001 or Anne on 526 2734 for more information.



Book Club

Benefits of mutual group support

We had a slightly different meeting in March when we read ‘Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper’ by Harriet Scott Chessman. Tom and Edith who used to paint brought their large, lovely paintings to hang on our dining room walls and Eileen and Shirley brought some of their work also. Mo Birchall came as I thought she would have ideas on Mary Cassatt’s work, and I was delighted to find that she had read the book as well and so contributed about the book. In the end we came to understand a bit more about the art world of the time. Tom had copies of her work in Art books and I showed a couple on line. Anne Carr

Book Clubs

About our meetings

The Melling Lane group which meets normally every second Thursday evening at 19:30 is currently reading Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes, a novella which won the 2011 Man Booker Prize. Bill Howarth recommended this as a good read and we will be meeting to discuss it together on Thursday 7th February.

Anne Carr’s group meets  on the second Friday  morning monthly at 10:30 and are currently reading The Thread  by Victoria Hislop and will meet to talk about this book on Friday 8th February 10:30am

Recommendations for books to read are always welcome, as are new members, though space is becoming a problem as we meet in leaders’ homes. We may need to think about  forming a third Reading Group. If you would be interested in starting or helping to lead a new group or would simply like to join one of the exisiting groups please contact David on 526 6001 or Anne on 526 2734.

Book Donations

On Tuesdays at our Coffee Morning 10-11:30 you can purchase a wide range of books donated by members for as little as 50p each or 3 for £1. Donations of books are very much appreciated to enable us to provide this service for members but the books should be in excellent or very good condition. David K.