talking about books

at Craven Arms library
February 11th 2020

These are the books we talked about:


A Thousand Moons by Sebastian Barry – to be published by Faber in March 2020, its the sequel to Days Without End and highly recommended

The Poetry Notebook by Clive James – highly recommended

A Buyers Market by Anthony Powell – book 2 of the 12 volumes series A Dance to the Music of Time, part of the DoveGrey Reading Challenge 2020


Judith T

Beloved by Toni Morrison – highly recommended

A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride – winner of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, 2014 – highly recommended

A Song Yet Sung – James McBride, previously recommended by Lorna, but not so much enjoyed by Judith

Flaubert’s Parrot by Julian Barnes – read for a reading group and not enjoyed at all!

Twopence to Cross the Mersey by Helen Forrester

(during Judith’s reviews, we also discussed Milkman by Anna Burns; The Color Purple by Alice Walker; Lincoln in The Bardo by George Saunders; Sellout by Paul Beatty and Man in Full by Tom Wolfe)


Judith A

The Horseman: The West Country trilogy by Tim Pears (Book 1 The Horseman; Book 2 The Wanderers and Book 3 The Redeemed) – all highly recommended. By the way, you might like to read this blog, by DoveGreyReader about The Horseman.

(During Judith’s reviews we also discussed Little Toller publishing and especially King of Dust – Adventures in Forgotten Sculpture by Alex Woodcock and anything by Horatio Clare!)

(For some reason that I now can’t remember we also talked about How to Argue with a Racist and A Brief History of Everyone who Ever Lived by Adam Rutherford)



Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates – 900 pages long and she didn’t enjoy it!

The Volunteer by Jack Fairweather (which won the Costa biography award in 2019) – highly recommended

A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz – highly recommended

I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai – highly recommended



(The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid)

The Thread by Victoria Hislop – Lorna found the story interesting but not terribly well written

The Cashmere Shawl by Rosie Thomas – interesting but not terribly well written

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje (one of Barack Obama’s favourite books in 2018) Highly recommended

(Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver; The Painter to the King by Amy Sackville and Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver)


Book titles in brackets were mentioned but not discussed.



This lovely little group is slowly growing – and we will be very happy to have new particpants.  This was the first time we didn’t need a short story to ‘fill the space’ – I loved the lively chat about all those books!

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