November’s Book Club

November’s book club was a return to fiction with the novel, ‘A Quiet Belief in Angels’ by local author RJ Ellory, who attended a book event here back in February.

The novel tells the story of Joseph Vaughn, who leads an unlucky life.  Growing up fatherless in a small town where a series of murders of young girls take place, Joseph feels a great sense of responsibility and sets up a group of guardians.  Despite the group, no one is caught for the murders and the novel follows the community’s aims to reveal the identity of the murder, even following Joseph as he moved to New York.  But, as with most cases, the past doesn’t stay in the past.

The novel threw up a lot of different themes and storylines, which the group found a little chaotic and often unexplained.  The group felt the author really knew the great American classics well and aimed to place this novel in amongst them, but some times the reference to great American authors was too obvious. That being said, the novel still held enough interest for people to want to get to the end to see how it all turned out.

We’re taking a break to enjoy plenty of mince pies in December, so the next book club will be on Thursday 27th January, 6pm.  We will be reading H.P. Lovercraft’s ‘The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories’, which can be purchased here or read online for free here.

Always love seeing new faces so please feel free to come along, and any questions please email !

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