Books & Meetings

For making contact, or for more information about the book club, meetings or meeting venue, please email the coordinator Tricia using  tricia@farnham.humanist.org.uk

Next book:

The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver- 1998.

This will be discussed on Thursday May 27th 2021 either at 4pm at a pub depending upon the weather or at 7.30pm online whilst in our homes courtesy of Zoom. Please contact the coordinator Tricia by e-mail for more information tricia@farnham.humanist.org.uk

Review by Waterstones https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-poisonwood-bible/barbara-kingsolver/9780571339792

An international bestseller and a modern classic, this suspenseful epic of one family’s tragic undoing and their remarkable reconstruction has been read, adored and shared by millions around the world.

This new edition for 2017 features a cover design by award-winning fashion designer, Tina Lobondi. This story is told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them everything they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it – from garden seeds to Scripture – is calamitously transformed on African soil.

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The book after that:

Hamnet – Maggie O’Farrell.

One of our greatest living novelists resurrects the short life of Hamnet Shakespeare, in a lyrically written and emotionally devastating account of the Bard’s only son.

Waterstones Fiction Book of the Month for April 2021
Winner of the Waterstones Book of the Year 2020
Winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020
Shortlisted for the British Book Awards Fiction Book of the Year 2021

A stunning new departure for Maggie O’Farrell’s fiction, Hamnet is the heart-stopping story behind Shakespeare’s most famous play.

On a summer’s day in 1596, a young girl in Stratford-upon-Avon takes to her bed with a fever. Her twin brother, Hamnet, searches everywhere for help. Why is nobody at home?

Their mother, Agnes, is over a mile away, in the garden where she grows medicinal herbs. Their father is working in London. Neither parent knows that one of the children will not survive the week.

Hamnet is a novel inspired by the son of a famous playwright. It is a story of the bond between twins, and of a marriage pushed to the brink by grief. It is also the story of a kestrel and its mistress; a flea that boards a ship in Alexandria; and a glovemaker’s son who flouts convention in pursuit of the woman he loves. Above all, it is a tender and unforgettable reimagining of a boy whose life has been all but forgotten, but whose name was given to one of the most celebrated plays ever written.

https://www.waterstones.com/book/hamnet/maggie-ofarrell/9781472223821

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