Monday, 24 April 2017

Next Meeting: Afternoon Tea: 2pm Sunday 14th May

Our next meeting will be earlier than usual, for afternoon tea, and needs to be booked in advance, anyone who would like to join us, please contact us to book your place as soon as possible, but no later than Friday 5th May - by email at runcornreaders[at]

The price (payable in advance) is £8.50 and includes sandwiches, cakes and a pot of tea.

No single group read this month, your own choice from any of this years' 26 World Book Night Books.
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Our World Book Night 2017 Meeting was a small turnout, where we discussed The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison, which most found to be a tough read due to the subject matter, although it was described as being well written and 'almost poetry'.
The book was first published in the UK in 1979, however, it was written in 1970 and in Suzie's copy, the afterward mentions that the initial reception to the Nobel Prize-winning author's first novel was not the critical acclaim it has since won. The book continuously shows up on the most challenged books lists in the USA, where the subject matter, language and explicit scenes cause controversy. 

Not everyone was able to finish the book, but those who did finish said that it was worth it. 

Other books read included The Last Secret of the Temple by Paul Sussman, who used to live locally, and a few blind-date-with-a-book books, including Is Harry on the Boat, by Colin Butts, which was unfavourably compared to 50-shades, although it was admitted that it was hard to put down, possibly not everyone's cup of tea! 

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