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Talking Tales Junior Book Club – April 2017

We are reading Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman

You know what it’s like when your mum goes away on a business trip and Dad’s in charge. She leaves a really, really long list of what he’s got to do.  And the most important thing is DON’T FORGET TO GET THE MILK.  Unfortunately, Dad forgets.  So the next morning, before breakfast, he has to go to the corner shop, and this is the story of why it takes him a very, very long time to get back.
Featuring: Professor Steg (a time-travelling dinosaur), some green globby things, the Queen of the Pirates, the famed jewel that is the Eye of Splod, some wumpires, and a perfectly normal but very important carton of milk.

Talking Tales will meet on Wednesday 26th April at 4 – 4:45pm

New members please book your free place by calling into the shop, emailing us: books@urmston-bookshop.co.uk, or phoning 0161 747 7442

Daytime Book Club – May 2017

We are currently reading The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain

 

 

What is the difference between friendship and love? Or between neutrality and commitment?  Gustav Perle grows up in a small town in ‘neutral’ Switzerland, where the horrors of the Second World War seem a distant echo.  But Gustav’s father has mysteriously died, and his adored mother Emilie is strangely cold and indifferent to him. Gustav’s childhood is spent in lonely isolation, his only toy a tin train with painted passengers staring blankly from the carriage windows.

As time goes on, an intense friendship with a boy of his own age, Anton Zwiebel, begins to define Gustav’s life.  Jewish and mercurial, a talented pianist tortured by nerves when he has to play in public, Anton fails to understand how deeply and irrevocably his life and Gustav’s are entwined…

We next meet on Thursday 11th May 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 – April 2017

Book Club 2 are currently reading:  The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain

What is the difference between friendship and love? Or between neutrality and commitment?  Gustav Perle grows up in a small town in ‘neutral’ Switzerland, where the horrors of the Second World War seem a distant echo.  But Gustav’s father has mysteriously died, and his adored mother Emilie is strangely cold and indifferent to him. Gustav’s childhood is spent in lonely isolation, his only toy a tin train with painted passengers staring blankly from the carriage windows.

As time goes on, an intense friendship with a boy of his own age, Anton Zwiebel, begins to define Gustav’s life.  Jewish and mercurial, a talented pianist tortured by nerves when he has to play in public, Anton fails to understand how deeply and irrevocably his life and Gustav’s are entwined…

The next meeting is on Monday 24th 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 Wed-Sat,  9am – 5.30pm and sign up.  🙂

 

 

Book Club 1 – May 2017

Book Club 1 are currently reading: The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman by Denis Theriault

 

Secretly steaming open envelopes and reading the letters inside, Bilodo has found an escape from his lonely and routine life as a postman.  When one day he comes across a mysterious letter containing only a single haiku, he finds himself avidly caught up in the relationship between a long-distance couple, who write to each other using only beautiful poetry.  He feasts on their words, vicariously living a life for which he longs.  But it will only be a matter of time before his world comes crashing down around him…

Denis Thériault weaves a passionate and elegant tale, comic and tragic with a love story at its heart. Philosophical, rich in description and detail, it cannot fail to move.

The next meeting will be on Monday 8th May 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. 🙂