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Books on Tuesday

Meeting Details

Meeting Day3rd Tuesday
Time10.00 am
LocationCastle Street Centre
Co-ordinator(s)Nancy Field

What we do

Each month we talk about a particular book. The discussion is usually led by a member who gives us a criticism of the book and invites the views of others on its key elements. Emphasis is on the content of the book, its themes, characters, credibility etc., which are considered in depth. We are all happy to give our individual opinions and the atmosphere is friendly and lively.

We have a varied selection of books, not only modern novels but also classics, biographies, poetry, even politics. Often a book will have been recommended by a member. Many are loaned free from Carlisle library and distributed at the preceding meeting or else they are easily obtainable. Unfortunately, to enable members to contribute properly to the discussion, we can have a maximum of only 12 members.


January 2020

We have decided to change our name from 'Tuesday Book Club' to 'Books on Tuesday'.  We hope that this makes us easier to find on the Groups List.

PROGRAMME FOR 2020 - asterisked books are available for loan from Carlisle Library

21st JANUARY - Members’ recommendations for next year.

18th FEBRUARY - “The Narrow Road to the Deep North” * by Richard Flanagan, led by Catherine. The story of Domingo Evans, an Australian doctor haunted by a past love affair and his experiences as a Japanese POW.

17th MARCH - “Hangover Square” by Patrick Hamilton, led by Wendy. Set in 1939 Earl’s Court it is a black comedy with the themes of social inequality, the rise of fascism and the impending war.

21st APRIL - “The Loney” * by Andrew Hurley, led by Alison. A man reflects on his childhood and his experience of the Loney, the wild area of coastline between the Wyre and the Lune.

19th MAY - “ Educated” * by Tara Westover, led by Stella. The American author recalls how she grew up within her troubled family and their Mormon community.

16th JUNE - “ Guernica” by Dave Boling, led by Bob. Portrays residents of the Basque town as they try to go about their lives during the horror of the Spanish Civil war.

21st JULY - “In the Heart of the Sea” by Nathaniel Philbrick, led by Nancy. Chronicles the true events which inspired the novel Moby Dick.

15th SEPTEMBER​ “Pereira Maintains” by Antonio Tabucci, led by Wendy. A journalist for a Lisbon paper becomes increasingly concerned at the behaviour of the fascist government of Antonio Salazar.

20th OCTOBER - “ East of Eden” * by John Steinbeck, led by Marion. Set in California it concerns the Trask and Hamilton families and their interwoven stories.

17th NOVEMBER - “ The Noise Of Time” * by Julian Barnes, led by Margaret. Did Shostakovich compromise his soul by selling out to Stalin and the communist regime?

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