This must be the place by Maggie O’Farrell

The BRC book group choice for June has been shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and is on the Richard and Judy Summer 2017 list.

A reclusive ex-film star living in the wilds of Ireland, Claudette Wells is a woman whose first instinct, when a stranger approaches her home, is to reach for her shotgun. Why is she so fiercely protective of her family, and what made her walk out of her cinematic career when she had the whole world at her feet?

Her husband Daniel, reeling from a discovery about a woman he last saw twenty years ago, is about to make an exit of his own. It is a journey that will send him off-course, far away from the life he and Claudette have made together. Will their love for one another be enough to bring Daniel back home?

BRC group meets on Wednesday 14th June in St Michael’s F3.  Remember to book your place by emailing staffdevelopment@chi.ac.uk or if you cannot attend the meeting please leave a comment here.

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3 thoughts on “This must be the place by Maggie O’Farrell”

  1. Finished this last night. I found that I had absolutely fallen in love with the characters! Maggie O’Farrell is a skilled writer and storyteller. This is the first of her books that I’ve read and I will certainly read more. Looking forward to hearing what everyone else thought of this one.

  2. I am very sorry to miss the last meeting! But I actually really enjoyed the book, which surprised me as I have kind of gone of chic lit, but I Maggie’s writing really made me empathise with the characters (maybe not so much Claudette though…) and want to see where they ended up. My ratings are as follows:
    1. Time and place – 7
    2. Narrator/ Viewpoint – 7
    3. Research – 8
    4. Plot – 8
    5. Characters – 7
    6. Quality of writing – 9
    7. Readability/ Engagement – 8
    8. Enjoyment/ Memorability – 8

    (Hope I’ve done the new voting systems correctly?)

    1. Thank you so much, Kat. Brilliant voting and I think that mine is going to come very close to yours. We have some lovely bookmarks to hand out to remind you of the categories. I’ll make sure that I pop one in to your office. We’ll miss you tomorrow.

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