June's Book Club review this month's titles

Thanks to everyone who made it on Thursday and shared their opinons with the group. It is always interesting to see how books affect us all differently and we're always looking for new members.

Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey was well received by the group.

In the short prologue, Maud, the narrator-heroine, has just discovered the remains of a compact mirror she recognises from 70 years ago in her friend's garden. This is a tantalising glimpse of the twin mysteries to come. What happened 70 years ago and why has Maud forgotten it? And what has happened to Maud's friend from the garden, Elizabeth, who has, according to Maud at least, gone missing? Maud's attempts to ascertain Elizabeth's whereabouts are hampered by the fact that she cannot remember what happened a few seconds ago, let alone whether she actually saw Elizabeth last week or even last year.

Kim couldn’t say it was an enjoyable read because of the subject. She described it as cleverly written; the author used the pace of the story to reflect the detrition of the main characters mental health.


Clare said she was drawn in by the mystery. It gave her a perspective of dementia that she hadn’t considered before.


Those who had experience with dementia felt the story rang true.The group discussed that the thought process was brilliant, although it made the first few chapters hard work.

Blandings Castle by PG Wodehouse consisted of 10 mini stories.

Prize-winning sow Empress is off her food. Niece Angela wants James Belford, he teaches magic pig-calling phrase to Clarence, dotty Earl of Emsworth. Son Freddie wants wife Aggie back. Head gardener McAllister feuds. Sister Lady Constance puts top hat on Clarence for summer fete. Mulliner in pub tells of relatives in Hollywood who get girlfriends in surprising ways.

Stephen described it as wonderful escapism, written by a wordsmith. He said he needed a dictionary to read this novel. Set in Shropshire, it was well located for the pace and feel of his stories. The stories didn’t really matter, it was the relationships that made this book a success.


Leda described it perfectly as “good natured froth, gentle. It didn’t leave you with any strong opinions. Very English, I liked the way it poked fun at the upper class. A summer garden read!”

It was also described as odd yet easy to read, a slow moving story that was giggly and silly in parts. Hard to place against anything else that the group had read.

Lydia told us about a book store she had visited that she recommends everyone visits. It sounds magical. Check out: Scarthin Books, Cromford, Matlock, DE4 3QF

Also, a reminder for those who are looking for cheap books, courtesy of Stephen - visit Abebooks for second hand, rare books at great prices.

We discussed what we fancied reading over the coming months and have come up with some crackers. This month we can choose between:

Stuffocation by James Wallman


Without You There Is No Us by Suki Kim

See you on 30 July!

If you would like to find out more about Book Club or any of our other regular CUBE events, please contact 01332 374664.



Creativity  meeting  Aakash  Zumba  BBC  Course  Hydra  Fifties  café  actor  Hen Party  celebration  Back pain  Derby  Dancing  Illuminos  Celebrate  Yoga  Foxtrot  Routine  event  Path  marketing  Tour  jive  research  siteline  Book Club  Jasmin Vardimon  social media  Plus One  Writing  Degree  Coordinator  hubbub  vintage  contemporary  Dance Development  Simon Armitage  Outdoor Events  City centre  Southbank  development  Derby Theatre  Sky Academy  Competition  books    birds  Baby Shower  ballroom  U.Dance  dancer  Déda Board  apprentice  Hercules  Derby Book Festival  facilities  student, work experience   story  acting  ArtCore  Wendy  Youth  Déda  CUBE  Arts Council  Circus  Shakespeare  photo  student  Tutor  dyslexia  Stress  Theatre  work experience  Deda  Audience  University  refurbishment  digital  Derby Festé  Poetry  reading  BA Dance  Déda Theatre  Studying  Dance4  Vale  food  Poetry Performance  disco  comedy  regular  family  offer  cabaret  Journalism  history  Sleep  storytelling  socialise  September  Planning  Hires  Children and young people  expansion  Summer  Danish+  New Year  Derby Arts  Print  training  QUAD  corporate  Ben Spiller  Stompers  Higher Education  50s  Greek  Arts Award  Dance  Classes  choreography  Autumn  learning  Just Imagine Working Here  feedback  Poet  Udancebythesea  DJ  Udance  party  Participation  Kathak  Productions  review  University of Derby  T42 Residency  Adaire To Dance  Déda Refurb  commercial  Brochure  variety  Strictly  Building work  Performace  words  performance  projection  Alice Vale  Social  East Midlands  Michaela Butter  young people  club  mythology  Workshops  office  Festivals  InCompany  Plymouth  carnival  DYDC  Inspiring  interview  partner  funding  Fresher  New Art Club  study  dance, placement  Derby University  retro  Career  fun  wedding  professional  business  ACE Midlands  New Dimensions  Stopgap  Midlands  Cultural Vision  education  Choice  Regional  Bounceback  network  Ballet  Stephen Munn  Rock 'n' Roll  artist  Déda Bloggers  Studio  Dance Career  Shows  Community  inclusive  Ashtanga  Discusssion  Blog  group  AGM  placement  hula hoop  Icarus  Wellbeing