Each month I host an open meeting at Browsers Bookshop, Woodbridge in Suffolk. We usually focus on modern fiction and the discussion regularly attracts around 20 people, men and women, of all ages.
In the Kitchen
A disappointing read which promised much but didn't deliver. Unbelievable characters and a messy plot. One member of the group championed the story.
A disturbing book, but cleverly written. The group was divided in their enjoyment of the story, but most could appreciate the skill of the author.
The Music Room
Everyone loved the book and wanted to share the passages that particularly moved them. Beautiful writing and a powerful account of love and sacrifice.
I'm Not Scared
Powerful and sensual descriptions presented the heat of the summer, the colour of the landscape and the sense of foreboding. A wonderful, shocking book.
The True Deceiver
A disturbing and haunting story, which proved a surprise to many, from this author.
Quite different from the Discworld series, but those who hated this book got quite cross with those who loved it!
The meeting divided into two, equally impassioned, groups: a book of beautiful description and powerful characterisation, or frustrating and unbelievable.
The Post Office Girl
A stunning book which enthralled the group. The discussion flowed without any need for prompts. So much to enjoy, puzzle and trouble over, and to admire.
The Other Hand
A lesson in not believing the hype. A trite, manipulative interpretation of a serious subject with a terrible ending - everyone agreed!