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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

Fiction (modern and classic), non-fiction, biography, autobiography, sometimes poetry, we have a wide programme of books.  They are individually chosen by our members who then lead the discussion.  Hopefully this will introduce you to authors and genres you may not yet have discovered.

Books are easily obtainable and often available on loan from the county library service.

If you love reading and a friendly, lively discussion come and join us.


January 2020



19th JANUARY​ Members’ recommendations for next year. Books available from Carlisle library as a book box can be found at

16th FEBRUARY​ “Possession” by A S Byatt led by Suzanne.
Set in both modern and Victorian times this novel tells the story of two academics on the trail of the unknown love between two famous Victorian poets (loosely based on either Robert Browning or Tennyson and Christina Rossetti).

16th MARCH​ “Smile of the Wolf” by Tim Leach led by Alison.
We travel further back in time to C11 Iceland. When Kjaran and Gunmar
end up killing a man they must decide whether to own up and pay the blood price or to conceal their crime. Either choice will have dire consequences.

20th APRIL​ “Home” by Marylynne Robinson*​ ​ led by John.
Glory Boughton returns home to care for her dying father, the Revd. Robert Boughton. Her prodigal brother Jack also returns, now seeking redemption for a troubled past

18th MAY​ “The Five” by Hallie Rubenhold led by Stella.
You would be wrong to think that all the victims of Jack the Ripper were prostitutes. The Five tells their true backgrounds, giving them a recognition beyond their tragic deaths.

15th JUNE ​ “My Brilliant Friend” by Elena Ferrante* led by Wendy.
Elena looks back on her sixty year friendship with Lila commencing when they were both scruffy little girls living in the backstreets of Naples.

20th JULY​ “Circe” by Madeline Miller led by Catherine.
This novel follows the life of the Greek goddess, from a fearful yet sympathetic nymph to an all powerful witch. Initially rejected, it is when she turns to humans that she eventually finds love.


21st SEPTEMBER​ “A Spot of Bother” by Mark Haddon led by Karen.
When George Hall discovers a lesion on his hip he is convinced he has cancer. Being a quiet, unobtrusive man he finds his concerns are ignored in the hurley burley of family life.

19th OCTOBER​ “The Aftermath” by Rhidian Brook led by Pauline.
Rachel joins her husband, a British colonel, when they are assigned to live in Hamburg where he is to help with its post war reconstruction. When he decides that they should share their house with its previous owner and the
latter’s daughter Rachel finds her attitude to the conquered Germans changing.

16th NOVEMBER​ “Under the Greenwood Tree” by Thomas Hardy led by Bob.
A gentle story to finish our year. When Fancy Day the pretty new school mistress arrives at Melstock she attracts the attention of several suitors. Which will win, her head or her heart?.


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