The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer (June BRC Book Group)

literary potato pie

The next book for the BRC book group is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.  We’ll be discussing this on 13th June from 12-1pm in F3, St Michaels.  Any member of staff is welcome to join us.  Please book your space by emailing staffdevelopment@chi.ac.uk

We’re looking forward to a “lighter” read this time with a nice film tie-in!

Author, Juliet Ashton, can’t think what to write next.  She begins a correspondence with Dawsey Adams of Guernsey, who reveals that he is part of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.  Juliet is interested as she begins to hear from other members about life in Guernsey under German Occupation.  Could there be a story in this?

This will be our last meeting for this academic year so we’ll take a vote on our favourite book of 2017/18.

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A perfectly good family by Lionel Shriver

A perfectly good family by Lionel Shriver (March BRC book group)

a perfectly good family

The Bognor Regis campus book club will be meeting to discuss A perfectly good family by Lionel Shriver on Wednesday 25th April in St Michael’s F3.  Any member of staff is welcome to join us.  Please book your space by emailing staffdevelopment@chi.ac.uk

Following the success of the book and film ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’, ‘A Perfectly Good Family’ is coming back into print after being unavailable for years.

Corlis McCrea moves back into her family’s grand mansion in North Carolina after her parents have died.  The house has been left to three siblings. Each heir wants the house. Yet to buy the other out, two siblings must team against one. Just as in girlhood, Corlis is torn between allying with the decent but fearful youngest and the iconoclastic eldest. ‘A Perfectly Good Family’ is a stunning examination of inheritance, literal and psychological: what we take from our parents, what we discard, and what we are stuck with, like it or not.

Looking forward to hearing what you think of this book.  New members are always welcome and if you cannot attend the meeting please let me know what you think of this book.

How to stop time by Matt Haig

How to stop time by Matt Haig (March BRC book group)

how to stop time

The Bognor Regis campus book club will be meeting to discuss How to stop time by Matt Haig on Wednesday 7th March in John Parry Room 3.  Any member of staff is welcome to join us.  Please book your space by emailing staffdevelopment@chi.ac.uk

Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old history teacher, but he’s been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to Jazz-Age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen it all. As long as he keeps changing his identity he can keep one step ahead of his past – and stay alive. The only thing he must not do is fall in love . . .

Looking forward to hearing what you think of this book.  New members are always welcome and if you cannot attend the meeting please let me know what you think of this book.

The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan (January Bognor Regis Campus Book Group)

Keeper of lost things

The Bognor Regis campus book club will be meeting to discuss The Keeper of Lost Things on Wednesday 24th January in John Parry Room 2.  Any member of staff is welcome to join us.  Please book your space by emailing staffdevelopment@chi.ac.uk

Antony Peardew is the keeper of lost things.  He carelessly lost a keepsake from his fiancee on the day that she died and is now obsessed with reuniting lost things with their owners.  At the end of his life he enlists the help of his assistant, Laura, who is herself a lost thing in need of being found.

Looking forward to reading this book over Christmas and finding out what you all think of it in January.

Happy Christmas reading!

 

Small great things by Jodi Picoult

Small great things

BRC book group are meeting on Wednesday 1st November in JP2 to discuss Small great things by Jodi Picoult.  I picked this up standing in my kitchen last night to read the back of the book, then I thought I’d read the first few pages…10 minutes later I was still standing in the middle of my kitchen reading!  I love the way that Jodi Picoult draws you in immediately and grips you with the characters and plot. I’m really looking forward to hearing what you all think of this.  Remember to book your space by emailing staffdevelopment@chi.ac.uk and if you can’t come to the meeting then please comment here.  Thanks!

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.