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.

Our next read for the BRC and BOC staff book group is . . . I am Malala

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Our next book was chosen by BRC book group and the BOC book group on International Women’s Day.  We will be reading I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai with Christine Lamb.

As a young girl, Malala Yousafzai defied the Taliban in Pakistan and demanded that girls be allowed to receive an education. She was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012, but survived and went on to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

The BRC book group will be meeting on Wednesday 26th April from 12-1pm in St. Michaels F3. And the BOC book group will meet on Thursday 27th April from 12-1pm (room to be confirmed).

If you can’t attend the meeting please let us know what you think of the book here.

Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

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The BRC book group will be discussing Cecelia Ahern’s young adult dystopian novel, Flawed.  Ahern is best known for the very successful book and film, P.S. I love you, but this is her first book for young adults.

Flawed is set in a society where perfection is valued above humanity. Good-girl Celestine has always agreed with the system, but following an act of kindness towards one of the “Flawed” is herself excluded and soon she is fighting for her own survival. We will be meeting on Wednesday 8th March from 12-1pm in St Michael’s F3.  Looking forward to hearing what you all think, but if you can’t make the meeting then please let us know what you think of the book.

Book Group Author Talk

We were very privileged to have Graham Minett, local author and former MA Creative Writing student from the University of Chichester speak at our book group on 25th January.  Graham gave us a fascinating insight into his journey from part-time pleasure writer to published author.  He brought his characters to life as he spoke about how he created them and he read an extract from The Hidden Legacy.  I love to hear books read aloud! Most of the group were true fans and had read both of his books.  We are eagerly awaiting the next one to be published later this year.

If you have read his books then please remember to leave a review on Amazon now that you know what a difference it makes!

Hidden Legacy and Lie in Wait

Graham was pleasant, interesting and entertaining and we were all very sorry when our book group hour was finished!

For those of you who were unable to attend the meeting, we recorded the session.  Please follow the link below to view the recording.

Graham Minett at ChiUniBookGroup 25/01/17

 

Best book of 2015/16

The voa song for Issy Bradleytes are in!  Combining the votes from BOC and BRC book groups, our top three overall (and for BRC) were:

  1. A song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray
  2. We are all completely beside ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
  3. The ice twins by S.K. Tremayne

However, the top three choices for BOC were:

  1. Quality of silence by Rosamund Lupton
  2. Never let me go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  3. A god in ruins by Kate Atkinson

 

Looking forward to another year of great choices.  Thanks everyone!

 

The ones that didn’t make it….

The book that was picked out of a hat for the June book group is The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton.  However, the group did ask if they could have a list of the ones that didn’t make it so that they can add them to their summer wish list!  They were….

  • Safekeeping by Jessamyn Hope
  • The road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson
  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Moving by Jenny Eclair
  • The green road by Anne Enright

The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton

Our next book, chosen by the BRC book group, is The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton.  Looking forward to hearing what you think of this psychological thriller.

On 24th November Yasmin and her deaf daughter Ruby arrived in Alaska.
Within hours they were driving alone across a frozen wilderness
Where nothing grows
Where no one lives
Where tears freeze
And night will last for another 54 days.
They are looking for Ruby’s father.
Travelling deeper into a silent land.
They still cannot find him.
And someone is watching them in the dark.

Join the book group on 8th June from 12-1pm at BOC, UH4 or BRC, SMG3 by emailing staffdevelopment@chi.ac.uk and post your thoughts here….