October's Book Club review their books of the month 

Still Alice by Lisa Genova 

 A bit about the book….

Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At fifty years old, she’s a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she becomes increasingly disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life--and her relationship with her family and the world--forever.

At once beautiful and terrifying, Still Alice is a moving and vivid depiction of life with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease that is as compelling as A Beautiful Mind and as unforgettable as Judith Guest's Ordinary People

What we thought……..

Only a few people read this choice but they found it absorbing, with one member commenting it was more engrossing than watching TV or playing computer games it was a good read and surprisingly enjoyable considering the subject matter. It gave a great insight into the issues around early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.  This book scored 8/10.

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

A bit about the book…….

The Woman in White is Wilkie Collins' fifth published novel, written in 1859. It is considered to be among the first mystery novels and is widely regarded as one of the first (and finest) in the genre of "sensation novels".The story is sometimes considered an early example of detective fiction with the hero, Walter Hartright, employing many of the sleuthing techniques of later private detectives. The use of multiple narrators draws on Collins's legal training and as he points out in his Preamble: "the story here presented will be told by more than one pen, as the story of an offence against the laws is told in Court by more than one witness"

What we thought …..

This book gave genuine suspense, the characterisation was great and considering when it was written the group found it easy to read. The group agreed that some of the characters were a little stock and could have been from any novel of the time but this did not take away from the enjoyment of the story. This book scored 8/10

Any other business …….

Stephen suggested that we share a favourite poem or paragraph from a book at next month’s meeting. We agreed that this would be a good idea; we will choose two or three poems each meeting so don’t forget to bring yours ! If you don’t fancy reading aloud then I’m sure someone else would be happy to read it out for you.

See you all soon

Sam 

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