Under normal circumstances, this group, which started in June 2018, meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 10.00am at Café Unity in Heald Green.
But see below for current arrangements.
Its aim is to allow its members to spread the word about books they personally have enjoyed and wish to share with others.
At each meeting, members are encouraged to bring along a book they have found exciting, entertaining or revelatory, and spread that enthusiasm to others. It could be fiction, a classic, a biography, history, even a Haynes technical manual. It doesn’t matter, as long as you think others might like it, too.
Every member’s interests are welcome, whether it’s the latest Lee Child, a Victorian three-volume, Sigmund Freud on Dreams, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland or a book on the secret life of the robin.
The group may well talk about half a dozen books in a session, and each member may find only one that merits further reading, or none at all.
If enough members wish it, we could choose one of the books for us all to discuss at the next meeting.
There is no obligation to buy any of the books discussed. After the meeting, any book could be borrowed from a library, or bought in paperback or hardback, perhaps found in a charity shop, as an audiobook, or downloaded as an e-book. Stockport Libraries also lend e-books free of charge, so it might be available there. Membership of the group wouldn’t necessarily involve any member in any costs to continue their interest. And you should be able to continue your reading using whatever format you prefer.
The group may well evolve into a sort of lending library, so that others can enjoy a book without the cost of purchase.
The nearest analogy is, perhaps, BBC Radio 4’s A Good Read.
The group leader is Barry Richards.
This Group is currently meeting online, using Zoom, on the first Wednesday of each month, starting at 2pm. Please contact the Group Leader to find out more.
During the meeting on April 7th, 2021, the following three books were all given 10/10 by members for their entertainment value:
I-Spy: My Life in MI5
by Tom Marcus
Recommended by Roger Law
The explosive book from ex-MI5 surveillance officer, Tom Marcus takes the reader on a non-stop, adrenalin-fuelled ride as he hunts down those who would do our country harm.
Portrait of an Unknown Woman
by Vanora Bennett
Recommended by Pat Taylor
A remarkable love story with a background of religious and political turmoil in Tudor England.
The year is 1527. Hans Holbein makes his first visit to England, sent by the great Erasmus to paint Thomas More, courtier, scholar, patron, and his family. More’s splendid house on the river in Chelsea is at the centre of Tudor society.
by Wilbur Smith
Recommended by Roger Law
In his long life, Taita has gone from slave to warlock, and now his wisdom and abilities are known throughout the kingdom. But even his immense skills cannot protect those close to him from the evil that lurks at the heart of Egypt. As enemy forces join together to bring destruction to the whole land, it is no longer a matter of simple magic. To defeat the false Pharaohs, the gods and armies must share their powers with a mortal warlock …