Book Club



The next meeting of the Book Club will be on Thurs Dec 13th and will have a Christmassy theme.

The book for discussion is ‘Bookworm’ by Lucy Mangan which is available in the shop now. ‘Bookworm’ is a celebration of children’s books through the years and is not only a delightful wallow in nostalgia surrounding childhood reading but also a fantastic guide to books to buy for Christmas for children, grandchildren, nephews, nieces etc.

After a brief chat about the book, we will, as usual at Christmas, provide an opportunity for club members to spend two minutes telling us about their favourite book of the year. This can be anything at all, something we’ve read together or something you would like to recommend. As we are specially focussing on younger reading, recommendations for children will be particularly valued. But either adult or children’s will be great. (We might even let you do both if you limit it to one minute each!) Strictly non- compulsory, you can just listen if you prefer.

Doors open for refreshment at 6.30 pm and discussion starts at 7.00pm. Wine and coffee will be on sale as usual but there will be some seasonal nibbles free of charge.

A bit about the book below:

Bookworm Lucy Mangan

When Lucy Mangan was little, stories were everything. They opened up new worlds and cast light on all the complexities she encountered in this one.

She was whisked away to Narnia – and Kirrin Island – and Wonderland. She ventured down rabbit holes and womble burrows into midnight gardens and chocolate factories. She wandered the countryside with Milly-Molly-Mandy, and played by the tracks with the Railway Children. With Charlotte’s Web she discovered Death and with Judy Blume it was Boys. No wonder she only left the house for her weekly trip to the library or to spend her pocket money on amassing her own at home.

In Bookworm, Lucy revisits her childhood reading with wit, love and gratitude. She relives our best-beloved books, their extraordinary creators, and looks at the thousand subtle ways they shape our lives. She also disinters a few forgotten treasures to inspire the next generation of bookworms and set them on their way.

Lucy brings the favourite characters of our collective childhoods back to life – prompting endless re-readings, rediscoveries, and, inevitably, fierce debate – and brilliantly uses them to tell her own story, that of a born, and unrepentant, bookworm.



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