Category Archives: Book Clubs

Book Club 2

Book Club 2 usually meets on the 4th Monday of the month at 7pm.

The next meeting is on  Monday 27th January

This month the book is The Familiars by Stacey Halls

In a time of suspicion and accusation, to be a woman is the greatest risk of all

Fleetwood Shuttleworth is 17 years old, married, and pregnant for the fourth time. But as the mistress at Gawthorpe Hall, she still has no living child, and her husband Richard is anxious for an heir.

When Fleetwood finds a letter she isn’t supposed to read from the doctor who delivered her third stillbirth, she is dealt the crushing blow that she will not survive another pregnancy. Then she crosses paths by chance with Alice Gray, a young midwife. Alice promises to help her give birth to a healthy baby, and to prove the physician wrong.

As Alice is drawn into the witchcraft accusations that are sweeping the north-west, Fleetwood risks everything by trying to help her. But is there more to Alice than meets the eye? Soon the two women’s lives will become inextricably bound together as the legendary trial at Lancaster approaches, and Fleetwood’s stomach continues to grow. Time is running out, and both their lives are at stake. Only they know the truth. Only they can save each other.

If you wish to join our book club please contact us on 0161 747 7442 or email books@urmston-bookshop.co.uk  or call into the shop, we would love to meet you!

Book Club 1

Book Club 1 meets on the 2nd Monday of the month at 7pm.

The next meeting will be  13th January 2020

The book is: Golden Child by Claire Adam

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Rural Trinidad: a brick house on stilts surrounded by bush; a family, quietly surviving, just trying to live a decent life. Clyde, the father, works long, exhausting shifts at the petroleum plant in southern Trinidad; Joy, his wife, looks after the home. Their two sons, thirteen years old, wake early every morning to travel to the capital, Port of Spain, for school. They are twins but nothing alike: Paul has always been considered odd, while Peter is widely believed to be a genius, destined for greatness.

When Paul goes walking in the bush one afternoon and doesn’t come home, Clyde is forced to go looking for him, this child who has caused him endless trouble already, and who he has never really understood. And as the hours turn to days, and Clyde begins to understand Paul’s fate, his world shatters—leaving him faced with a decision no parent should ever have to make.

Like the Trinidadian landscape itself, Golden Child is both beautiful and unsettling, a resoundingly human story of aspiration, betrayal, and love.

If you wish to join our book club please contact us on 0161 747 7442 or email books@urmston-bookshop.co.uk  or call into the shop, we would love to meet you!

Daytime Book Club

The daytime book club meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 10.30am.

The next meeting will be 9th January 2020

The book is: Middle England by Jonathan Coe

Set in the Midlands and London over the last eight years, Middle England follows a brilliantly vivid cast of characters through a time of immense change and disruption in Britain.

There are the early married years of Sophie and Ian who disagree about the future of Britain and, possibly, the future of their relationship; Sophie’s grandfather whose final act is to send a postal vote for the European referendum; Doug, the political commentator, whose young daughter despairs of his lack of political nous and Doug’s Remaining Tory politician partner who is savaged by the crazed trolls of Twitter.

And within all these lives is the story of England itself: a story of nostalgia and irony; of friendship and rage, humour and intense bewilderment.

If you wish to join our book club please contact us on 0161 747 7442 or email books@urmston-bookshop.co.uk  or call into the shop – we would love to meet you!