Category Archives: Book Clubs

Talking Tales Junior Book Club – June 2017

We are reading The Hounds of Penhallow Hall; the Moonlight Statue by Holly Webb

Polly and her mum are leaving London for Cornwall. Their old home has very sad associations after Polly’s father died in an accident.  Mum has a new job as house manager at a stately home, Penhallow Hall. They both love it from the start, and the house seems to take to Polly – magically the statue of a huge wolfhound at the hall’s entrance comes to life for her, and becomes her friend and together they have many adventures.

Talking Tales will next meet on Wednesday 14th June at 4 – 5pm

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

Daytime Book Club – July 2017

We are currently reading My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, to whom she hasn;t spoken for many years, comes to see her. Gentle gossip about people from Lucy s childhood in Amgash, Illinois, seems to reconnect them, but just below the surface lie the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of Lucy s life: her escape from her troubled family, her desire to become a writer, her marriage, her love for her two daughters. Knitting this powerful narrative together is the brilliant storytelling voice of Lucy herself: keenly observant, deeply human, and truly unforgettable.


We next meet on Thursday 13th July 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 – July 2017

Book Club 2 are currently reading:  Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

Pulitzer Prize winner and American master Anne Tyler brings us an inspired, witty and irresistible contemporary take on one of Shakespeare s most beloved comedies
Kate Battista feels stuck.  How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric scientist father and uppity, pretty younger sister Bunny?  Plus, she’s always in trouble at work her pre-school charges adore her, but their parents don t always appreciate her unusual opinions and forthright manner.
Dr. Battista has other problems.  After years out in the academic wilderness, he is on the verge of a breakthrough. His research could help millions. There s only one problem: his brilliant young lab assistant, Pyotr, is about to be deported. And without Pyotr, all would be lost.
When Dr. Battista cooks up an outrageous plan that will enable Pyotr to stay in the country, he s relying as usual on Kate to help him. Kate is furious: this time he’s really asking too much. But will she be able to resist the two men s touchingly ludicrous campaign to bring her around?

The next meeting is on Monday 3rd July 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 – June 2017

Book Club 1 are currently reading: Making Space by Sarah Tierney

Miriam is twenty-nine: temping, living with a flatmate who is no longer a friend, and still trying to find her place in life. She falls in love with Erik after he employs her to clear out his paper-packed home. They are worlds apart: he is forty-five, a successful photographer and artist and an obsessive hoarder still haunted by the end of his marriage. Miriam has an unsuccessful love life and has just got rid of most of her belongings. Somehow, they must find a way to reach each other.

The next meeting will be on Monday 12th June 2017 starting at 7.00pm.

Sarah Tierney will be here at Urmston Bookshop to talk about her novel on Tuesday 16th May at 7pm. Please see our events page for more information.

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. 🙂