Hexhamshire WI Book Club

Trying to find ways of meeting up during the Covid 19 restrictions we decided to ask if members would be interested in joining a Book Group. We started in March 2021 with 10 of us in the group, meeting on Zoom, and  now have 14 members.

A different person suggests a book each month. When we have our meeting to review the book that person will give the group some background information on the author and lead the discussion. Our opinions are often very different which result in some interesting conversations and that’s what it is all about and having fun! We now have our meetings in our local pub or cafes.

If you are looking for a book to read then perhaps something from the wide variety listed below might appeal.

If you would like to share your thoughts on any of the books we would be delighted to hear from you. Contact: margeiliffe8@btinternet.com

Books in 2023:

  • Small Things like These by Claire Keegan*
  • Hearing the Birds Fly by Louise Waugh
  • The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell*
  • The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
  • The Fair Botanist by Sara Sheridon
  • Natures Engraver by Jenny Uglow
  • Small Pleasures by Claire Chambers
  • Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese*
  • Crow Lake; The Other Side of the Bridge; A Town Called Solace; all by Mary Lawson

The Group enjoyed reading all of the above books, but our top 3 are marked with*

Books on the List so far for 2024:

  • Reader I Married Him edited by Tracy Chevalier
  • A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
  • 12 Birds to Save Your Life by Charlie Corbett
  • Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
  • The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafek

Some of the Group are also reading The Pinecone by Jenny Uglow, which tells the story of Sarah Losh, who  in 1842, built the magical church in the village of Wreay, near Carlisle.    Happy Reading!!