The book club meet at St. John’s tea room on the third Sunday of the month at 3.30pm. It is held in the Tamberlin room which is situated behind the church. It is open to everyone whether attending the church or not, so come and join us for tea and cake, and to discuss the book we have been reading and together choose the next one.
n 1958, Sylvia Blackwell, fresh from one of the new post-war Library Schools, takes up a job as children’s librarian in a run down library in the market town of East Mole.
Her mission is to fire the enthusiasm of the children of East Mole for reading. But her love affair with the local married GP, and her befriending of his precious daughter, her neighbour’s son and her landlady’s neglected grandchild, ignite the prejudices of the town, threatening her job and the very existence of the library with dramatic consequences for them all.
The next book club meeting is on 16th June At 3:30pm in the Tamberlin Room. Everyone is welcome.
‘Someone jolted my elbow as I drank and said, “Je vous demande pardon,” and as I moved to give him space he turned and stared at me and I at him, and I realised, with a strange sense of shock and fear and nausea all combined, that his face and voice were known to me too well.
I was looking at myself.’
By chance, two men – one English, the other French – meet in a provincial railway station. Their resemblance is uncanny, and they spend the next few hours talking and drinking – until at last John, the Englishman, falls into a drunken stupor. It’s to be his last carefree moment, for when he wakes, his French companion has stolen his identity and disappeared. So John steps into the Frenchman’s shoes, and faces a variety of perplexing roles – as owner of a chateau, director of a failing business, head of a fractious family, and master of nothing.
This is the latest book chosen by the book club members. If you’re interested read the book and come along to the next meeting in the Tamberlin room behind the church. Next date is 19th May.