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Sandhurst, Berkshire

First Few Chapters - First Impressions, 'the stars at oktober bend'
Unfortunately, the unusual structure, fluctuating between the narrative voices of the characters and their different styles has so far made this read frustrating, distracting and disjointed - the wrong kind of challenge, but will this opinion change as readers delve further into the story and become more used to switching?
Posted on: 12 May 2017

First Few Chapters - First Impressions, 'Wolf Hollow'
The reaction to the first few chapters of 'Wolf Hollow' was not positive; one book clubber has been finding it slow-paced and difficult to engage with. It will be interesting to discover how many of us agree and whether it is gender and/or age related.
Posted on: 12 May 2017

First Few Chapters - First Impressions
Two of our book clubbers shared their very positive responses to the first few chapters of 'Rail Head'. Having anticipated the sci-fi element based on first impressions of the book cover and blurb, they were surprised by the Arabian feel and the effectiveness of the narrative hooks: a mystery and interesting characters.
Posted on: 12 May 2017

The Middle of Nowhere - hit or miss?
Selected at our previous get-together, ‘The Middle of Nowhere’ written by Geraldine McCaughrean was the Carnegie shortlisted book that provided the main topic of our conversation. Once again, based on the front cover and the blurb, it was a book that could well have been left on the shelf if it hadn’t been nominated. In addition, the initial barrier of unfamiliar and incomprehensible Aboriginal words dotted about the text which, at the start, affected the enjoyment of some readers - as it meant flicking back and forth to check for meanings - might leave you thinking that this was a book that we wouldn’t be recommending. Most agreed however, that before long these ‘new’ words had become part of their lexicon and added to an understanding of how different languages and cultures can enrich our lives when we are open to them. So, what did we think? Having taken the plunge, the novel proved to be a shocking and heart rendering read that couldn’t fail to evoke a strong response in any reader, providing a twisting and turning rollercoaster of increasing alarm as it came to an end. Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, 1st July. Undoubtedly there will yet again be some interesting and passionate discussions about the merits of the books we have been reading.
Posted on: 03 Jun 2015

The Fastest Boy In The World - hit or miss?
At Book Club on Wednesday, one of the Carnegie shortlisted books, ‘The Fastest Boy In The World’ by Elizabeth Laird was the main topic of the lively discussion. Based on the front cover and the blurb alone, the general consensus was that it was a book that most of us might have passed by if it hadn’t been shortlisted. However, it turned out to be a quick and enjoyable read, written in the first person and providing insight into the very different life and expectations of Solomon, a young Ethiopian boy. Having been introduced to Solomon’s bone-creaking old grandfather, we’d discovered the secret he carried and how Solomon resembled his grandfather in ways he never knew. Our next meeting is at lunch time on Wednesday, 3rd June, and the book chosen is another of the Carnegie shortlisted titles, ‘The Middle of Nowhere’ by Geraldine McCaughrean. Six members of the group will be reading the nominated book, giving their opinions and then passing it on. Others have picked up ‘The Fastest Boy In The World’ to see if they agree with Wednesday’s feedback, and the rest have selected a range of books that they will be able to recommend, or otherwise. Books recommended during Wednesday’s chat included: ‘The White Giraffe’ by Lauren St. John and ‘the Weight of Water’ by Sarah Crossan. Sandhurst School Book Club
Posted on: 01 Jun 2015