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The book club is thriving, despite the coronavirus, thanks to the online conference application "Zoom". Joyce Roberts describes how it has adapted to the self-isolation regime.

When I lived in Tynemouth I started a book club for the residents of Percy Gardens. It very quickly became popular and we had about 12 members.

When we moved to Great Whittington I discovered various book clubs around the area but none in our village, so enlisted a few members to start one off - and very quickly we had 14 members. Some have subsequently moved on due to changing circumstances but at present we still have 14 members so the group is full to bursting when we all make it!

We meet approximately every 6 weeks with the person who has chosen the book hosting the meeting. We usually spend about an hour discussing the book, sometimes with background information about the subject matter and the author. And of course accompanied by a few bevies and nibbles and lots of laughter and chat!!

We only have a couple of rules - make sure you’ve read or thoroughly researched the book you’re going to chose and if you hate the book read 90 pages and no more - life is to short to read something you really don’t like!

Having said that we would all agree that the book club has motivated us to read books that we would never have picked out ourselves and mostly enjoyed them. Some have certainly led me to reading other books by the same authors.

So for a taste of what we’ve read -

  • The People of the Book
  • The Miniaturist
  • The Kashmir Shawl
  • I am Malala
  • Cider with Rosie
  • Dracula!
  • The Help
  • A Gentleman in Moscow
  • A Tree Grows in Booklyn
  • The Keeper of Lost Things
  • . . . and many more.

We’ve been meeting for 5 years now so if anyone needs books or recommendations please let us know via the Village Hall email: greatwhittingtonvillagehall@gmail.com.

So for now we’ve had to adapt to accommodate isolation rules and one of our members has set us up on Zoom. Eight of us are taking part.

Joyce Roberts

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