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.
A moving and lyrical account of the loss of a child, but the description of life on a boat was marred by the inaccurate nautical information, members said.
A book flawed by historical inaccuracies, members pointed out, though others thought some of the scenes very powerfully written.
The Children's Book
A beautiful, compelling account of a fascinating period of history for some, but too much detail, too many characters and an unsatisfying story for others!
Wish You Were Here
A melancholy book, repetitive and unsatisfactory for some; others felt this was a clever attempt at using narrative to convey the unreliability of memory and discerning 'truth'.
Disturbing content but beautiful writing. This was the consensus regarding the first of the Patrick Melrose novels.
The Siege of Krishnapur
Sights and smells were vividly presented in this book but members felt it wasn't a light read; it required 'work' but was marvellously written.
Like Water for Chocolate
Stunning sensual descriptions in this magical tale, considered effective and enjoyable. The film was recommended.
No Mark Upon Her
A potential Olympic rower goes out on the river at dusk, and disappears. Members of Deben Rowing Club wanted more about the rowing!
The Book Thief
Most agreed that this was a beautiful, clever and inventive book. Some felt it was too gimmicky.