We had our first Book Group meeting this morning - the first since Lockdown began in late March. It was good. There were only five of us but it was a start. We met at TOSH (The Old School House) which is our local Arts Centre. Everything was in place for Social Distancing and Sanitser was provided.
It is so long since we read our last book and J, who had suggested it, was unable to attend this morning so instead we all opted to bring with us books we had read during Lockdown and which we could recommend. I took four. I could have taken twenty but I thought four was enough. Here are the titles for the benefit of anyone who is looking for new reading material.
'On the Red Hill' by Mike Parker. Simon Callow in The Guardian speaks of it as 'the recreation of the lives of Reg and George, crowned in happiness and fulfilment despite the constrictions imposed on them by society. An exemplary gay social history of a kind we deeply need.' I enjoyed this very much and it left me with much food for thought.
'In My Mind's Eye' by Jan Morris. 'A Thought Diary' Here Jan shares her daily thoughts on the World - 188 of them and not a bad book to keep by your bedside so that you can read one each day. Very readable.
'The Little Grey Men' by BB. I read this book many many years ago and a few weeks ago somebody in Blogland spoke about it. I searched my bookshelves but couldn't find it. Somewhere over the years it had disappeared. So I bought myself another copy. Not an adult book at all - not sure what age it is suitable for but I enjoyed it just as much as the first time I read it. A story about the last gnomes left in Britain, who live at the foot of an old oak tree,
and their adventures - lots of wild life in the book, lots of 'adventures' - pure enjoyment.
'I am an Island' by Tamsin Calidas - a book much talked about, a book serialised on the BBC, a book which is proving quite controversial in the area it is written about I understand. But the quality of the writing is outstanding and the story is beautifully told, so vivid that in places I had to stop reading it for a day or two until I was able to continue.
I can thoroughly recomment all four.
Our next book for book group, recommended by M, is to be 'A Gentleman in Moscow' by Amor Towles. I have ordered it and I await its arrival keenly.