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Book Club

Thank you to those U3A members who have shared their "good reads" with me this month. Here is a selection for August that you might enjoy.


    Under a Pole Star by Stef Penney
    About an 1800s Arctic expedition

    The Lost Man by Jane Harper
    Another novel set in the Australian outback

    The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri
    A Syrian drama

    The Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear

    The Inspector de Silva mysteries by Harriet Steel

    The DI Tom Hanning series by Chris Collett
    A series of 8 books set around Birmingham

    These Little Lies by Gretta Mulrooney
    A new series featuring DI Siv Drummond 5*

    The Seven Sisters Series by Lucinda Riley
    Read these in order. They blend historical fiction with contemporary romance

    Tidelands by Philippa Gregory
    Set in the English Civil War

    On Chapel Sands by Laura Cumming
    Part memoir, part detective story 5*

    Down to Earth by Monty Don
    A distillation of 50 years of gardening experience. It has all the tips and essential pieces of knowledge that enable you to make your garden grow well and it shares Monty's view that gardening is the secret to good living too. Additional photos of Monty's garden are in the paperback edition The book is split between advice and a monthly run through of his gardening year.

    The Salt Path by Raynor Winn
Look out for more suggestions next month!


Thank you to those U3A members who have shared their "good reads" with me this month. Here is a selection for July that you might enjoy.


    The Other Side of the Bridge by Mary Lawson
    Set in the 1930s farming community, telling of a troubled relationship between two brothers. It ends with a twist!

    The Dry by Jane Harper
    A mystery set in the Australian outback in the 1930s

    Longbourn by Jo Baker
    A retelling of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice from the point of view of a servant

    The French Lieutenant's Woman by John Fowles
    Historical Fiction set in Victorian times

    Captain Coreli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres
    Set in the Greek island of Cephallonia during WW2

    The Dordogne Mysteries by Martin Walker
    13 books, set in France

    The Simon Serailler Series by Susan Hill
    10 books set in the fictional cathedral town of Lafferton

    The Five by Hallie Rubenhold
    The untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper

    The Wicked Boy by Kate Summerscale
    A true story of a child murderer in Victorian times

    Coming Up Trumps: A Memoir by Jean Barker, Baroness Trumpington
    A witty account of a life well lived

    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
    The early years of the American writer who, through strength of character, had to overcome racial prejudice and trauma

    The Persuit of Love / Love in a Ciold Climate By Nancy Mitford
    semi-autobiographical novels about the life of the Mitford family between the wars

    Look out for more suggestions next month!

BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS for June by U3A members

Thank you to those U3A members who have shared their "good reads" with me this month. Here is a selection for June that you might enjoy.


    The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
    A classic masterpiece, it's a spellbinding epic tale from 12th century onwards. It begins with Tom, a humble stone mason, who eventually becomes an architect. The tale develops into a constant medieval battle between good and evil. It's a real page-turner!

    The Strawberry Thief by Joanne Harris
    The 4th in the Chocolat series but can be read as a stand alone novel.
    4 stars

    The Dr Ruth Galloway series by Elly Griffths
    13 books, set in the salt marshes of North Norfolk.
    Best read in order
    5 stars

    The Cherringham Mysteries by Neil Richards and Matthew Costello
    La Bells Sauvage by Philip Pullman
    His latest, written for adults
    Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
    Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel
    The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel
    Trilogy detailing the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell
    The Bohemians by Virginia Nicholson
    5 stars

    Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterley
    5 stars
    Becoming by Michelle Obama

    This Boy by Alan Johnson (and subsequent books)

Look out for more suggestions next month!
If you have any recommendations that you would like to share with us, please email me on
Celia Busby