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.

6/10

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

8/10

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.

8/10

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

or

Without You There Is No Us by Suki Kim

See you on 30 July!

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