I made it to the Endsleigh Salon evening last week despite my common cold and am pleased to report a great group is shaping up.Warm, welcoming, friendly with a great sense of humour and a real love of books and reading and probably now all sneezing...no, joking, it was "on the turn" I went back to work the next day.
The venue is more than perfect and if the hotel is quiet we can use the beautifully relaxing sitting room with log fire while all the guests go in for dinner.The hotel provide us with tea and coffee and we settle back in our comfy chairs for a couple of hours.
This session was Prequels and Sequels with about 8 of us tackling Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys because the recent TV adaptation of Jane Eyre had prompted us in that direction.
This was a first time read for me and a book that feels so profound I may need to read it several times before I start to appreciate all the significance.But I enjoyed it immensely so it will be no chore to revisit it.We had a great discussion and included some thoughts about the significance of the title, that alone could have kept us going all evening.It has more and more meaning the deeper you look.
There was a wide selection of other books too, the whole point is to read what you want not what you think you should or what anyone else is reading if you don't fancy it.
Mrs DeWinter by Susan Hill had generous coverage, this a sequel to Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca, there was more muted enthusiasm for Rebecca's Tale by Sally Beauman.
One of our gentlemen had chosen Emma Brown by Clare Boylan and that one is now making its loan journey around the group.Clare Boylan took the first and only two chapters of an unfinished work by Charlotte Bronte and carved a novel out of it.Clare Boylan signed my copy so I don't like to open it, daft, I'll give it a go soon.
Also on offer Peter Pan in Scarlet, the recent sequel to J.M.Barrie's Peter Pan written by Geraldine McCaughrean and written about here recently.This received glowing praise but not only from me, I had lent my copy around and others agreed, it is a very cleverly written sequel.
There was much debate about our choice for "Humorous" in January.
What is likely to constitute "funny" for any one of us may not make the next person laugh. Plenty of suggestions and I have set the challenge for myself.I'm going to try out some P.G.Wodehouse as that's another club I haven't joined but I'm also going to scour the shelves in a high street book shop somewhere and choose a book from the blurb.
The blurb must say "hilarious", then we'll just wait and see.