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Talking Tales Junior Book Club – March 2017

We are reading Nancy Parker’s Spooky Speculations by Julia Lee


In a nutshell: a diary of detection from our favourite 1920s housemaid 

With the current craze for historical mysteries and clever girl detectives, readers will be delighted to make the acquaintance of Nancy Parker, bright young maid and experienced sleuth.  In this adventure, she’s starting a new job as housekeeper for the somewhat eccentric Miss Dearing at creaky Oxcoombe Grange.  A series of unexplained bumps in the night set Nancy’s detective instincts jangling, and with the help of her friend Ella, at school nearby, she determines to find out what’s going on…

Talking Tales will meet on Wednesday 29th March at 4 – 4:45pm

New members please book your free place by calling into the shop, emailing us:, or phoning 0161 747 7442

Daytime Book Club – March 2017

We are currently reading The Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jefferies

Nineteen-year-old Gwendolyn Hooper is newly married to a rich and charming widower, eager to join him on his tea plantation, determined to be the perfect wife and mother.  But life in Ceylon is not what Gwen expected.

The plantation workers are resentful, the neighbours treacherous, and there are clues to the past – a dusty trunk of dresses, an overgrown gravestone in the grounds – that her husband refuses to discuss.

Just as Gwen finds her feet, disaster strikes.  She faces a terrible choice, hiding the truth from almost everyone, but a secret this big can’t stay buried forever….

We next meet on Thursday 9th March at 10.30am.

If you would like to join this or any of our book clubs, please call 0161 747 7442 or call in the shop Wed-Sat 9am-5.30pm.



Book Club 2 – March 2017

Book Club 2 are currently reading:  Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis

This is the story of Jim Dixon, a hapless lecturer in medieval history at a provincial university who knows better than most that “there was no end to the ways in which nice things are nicer than nasty ones.”  Kingsley Amis’s scabrous debut leads the reader through a gallery of emphatically English bores, cranks, frauds, and neurotics with whom Dixon must contend in one way or another in order to hold on to his cushy academic perch and win the girl of his fancy.

The next meeting is on Monday 27th March 2017 starting at 7.00pm

If you would like join this or one of the other book clubs at Urmston Bookshop give us a call on 0161 747 7442 or pop into the shop Wed-Sat,  9am – 5.30pm and sign up.  🙂



Book Club 1 – April 2017

Book Club 1 are currently reading: His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet.

A brutal triple murder in a remote Scottish farming community in 1869 leads to the arrest of seventeen-year-old Roderick Macrae.  There is no question that Macrae committed this terrible act.  What would lead such a shy and intelligent boy down this bloody path?  Will he hang for his crime?

Presented as a collection of documents discovered by the author, His Bloody Project opens with a series of police statements taken from the villagers of Culdie, Ross-shire.  They offer conflicting impressions of the accused; one interviewee recalls Macrae as a gentle and quiet child, while another details him as evil and wicked.  Chief among the papers is Roderick Macrae’s own memoirs, where he outlines the series of events leading up to the murder in eloquent and affectless prose.  There follow medical reports, psychological evaluations, a courtroom transcript from the trial, and other documents that throw both Macrae’s motive and his sanity into question.

The next meeting will be on Monday 10th April 2017 starting at 7.00pm.

If you would like join this or one of the other book clubs at Urmston Bookshop give us a call on 0161 747 7442 or pop into the shop and sign up. 🙂