Book Club

All welcome to the Galphay Inn book club.
The bookclub is hosted by Gillian at the Galphay inn on every first tuesday of the month@ 7.00pm.
Next meeting will be on tuesday June 6th

This months suggestions are:
  • Along the Enchanted Way by William Blacker a local author – non fiction
    The Muse  – Jessie Burton
Previous books featured in our book club;
  • The Nest – this took a lot of getting into but those that persevered had enjoyed the read, a book that once you get to half way you feel the need to carry on. 3.5/5
    The Underground Railroad – we felt that this was not the best of this genre/subject that we have read and for an expensive book it was a disappointing read. 3/5
  • The Madonna of the Almonds and The Women on the Orient Express were both well received and enjoyed so 4.5/5
  • Behind Closed Doors more of a mixed reception due to the nature of the book, some enjoyed it others not so much, a 4/5
  • All The Light We Cannot See was enjoyed by most who read it and has been awarded 4.5 out of 5.
  • Reading HE Bates was a good experience with most enjoying their chosen book
  • Florence Grace by Tracy Rees
  • Sister of mine by Sabra Waldfogel: This was judged to be an excellent book with characters that drew you in and you could really feel emapthy with. A very enjoyable page turner which seemed to be well researched. A resounding 4.5 out of 5.
  • The View from the Corner Shop: The Diary of a Shop Assistant in Wartime Dewsbury. we were very disappointed with this book, not at all what we expected, it lacks any life, humour or characters and is really just a factual record of events more useful as a research tool
  • The Ballroom by Anna Hope, all agreed that this had been a very good read, excellent characters, thought provoking and also in parts quite disturbing. It was well balanced with enough lighter moments to make it an easy read.
    A well deserving 4.5 / 5
  • The Twins by Tessa de Loo was last months book, not all of us have yet completed it but those that have read it or are reading it all agreed it is a very well written book and unsurprisingly used as student literature by the Dutch. Its not an easy read nor gripping but is beautifully written and very descriptive, it really makes you consider the whole nature v nurture argument. We awarded a well deserved 4.5 out of 5.
  • We have been reading Amy Snow by Tracy Rees, a resounding 5/5 from everyone, a lovely book, well written, interesting and an easy read
  • We reviewed Life After Life by Kate Atkinson, it received mixed reviews with some loving it and others finding it really hard going. It was agreed though that it is a cleverly written book relating to the twists and turns of life and the hand fate can play.
    It was felt that a 4/5 was appropriate.
  • A few of us didn’t finish Village of secrets.
    General opinion was that although the subject matter was very interesting, the book was hard to read because of the pages full of facts.
    We found them hard to get through and started skipping pages because of that.
    Some that did finish the book, loved it and didn’t struggle at all.
  • The Sunrise got a mixed reception, some loved it but the majority felt it was only worthy of a 3/5. The general opinion was that although the book contained great descriptions and had clearly been well researched, as a story it went nowhere and the characters were weak and difficult to empathise with. Definitely not a page turner.
  • Dead Simple by Peter James,  was enjoyed by those that read it, generally it was felt to be well written with some good twists and turns keeping the reader guessing until near the end, the ending was perhaps a little farcical though.
    A score of 4 out of 5 is probably fair
  • The Disenchanted Widow by Christina Mckenna, was generally well received although  as ever not unanimously.
    It was agreed that the author had depicted the ‘troubles’ in Northern Ireland with accuracy especially from a rural perspective, the characters were strong and believable and although not a joyful book it is a black comedy and an easy read. A book club 4/5 was decided as a fair score.
  • The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, was generally very well received and got 4/5, we felt it was a well written book,
    thought provoking and also enjoyable whilst dealing with a very serious topic.
    Discussion was had relating to the book:   choice, freedom and progression for women and minority groups and how society has or has not changed?
      the role the Grimke sisters played in abolition and women’s rights and our awareness of them before reading the novel.
  • The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan. A mixed response  the last book as expected, most felt that more information and detail would have been good.

Other good reads  suggested:

      • The Readers of the Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
      • Voyage of the Heart by Soraya Lane
      • Last Days of the Bus Club
      • We are also suggesting No Angel by Penny Vincenzi
      • The Girl From Nowhere Dorothy Koomson
      • Ice Twins – Tom Knox
      • What Would Mary Berry Do – Claire Sandy
      • The Trouble with Goats and Sheep – Joanna Cannon
      • Rembrandts Mirror
      • Slow Train to Budapest
      • Goats from a Small Island – Anna Nichols
      • The Memory Book by Rowan Coleman
      • Driving Over Lemons
      • A Parrot in the Pepper Tree
      • Listen to the moon – Michael Morpurgo (children/teen book)  review
      • The Almond Blossom Appreciation Society
      • A Sheperds Life – James Rebanks review
      • Free Country – George Mahood  (a penniless adventure covering the length of Britain) review
      • The Letter – Kathryn Hughes review
      • Sarah’s Key – Tatiana De Rosnay review
      • Zemindar – Valerie Fitzgerald
      • Thornwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
      • A Trick of the Mind – Penny Hancock
      • The Godforsaken Daughter –  Christina McKenna
      • Major Pettigrews Last Stand – Helen Simonson
      • The Visitors –  Sally Beauman
      • The Cuckoos Calling – Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling)
      • The Silk Worm – Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling)
      • The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion
      • The Rosie Effect – Graeme Simsion
      • The Last Train to Istanbul – Ayse Kulin
      • Elephant Moon – John Sweeney
      • One Hundred and Four Horses – Mandy Retzlaff
      • The Cazalet Chronicles – Elizabeth Jane Howard
      • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry – Rachel Joyce
      • The Gold Finch – Donne Tart
      • When God was a Rabbit – Sarah Winman
      • Life after life – Atkinson  Life After Life
      • Half of a yellow sun – Chimamanda  Half of a Yellow Sun | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
      • The husband’s secret – Moriarty  The Husband’s Secret
      • Do no harm – Marsch
      • Yorkshire Shepherdess – Owen

Any other suggestions will be added. You can also mail with your “best reads” and they will be added to the list

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2 thoughts on “Book Club

  1. Dear Galphay Inn Book Club:
    I’m the author of “Sister of Mine,” a book you recently recommended to your members, and I hope you don’t mind that I found you online, or that I’m contacting you.

    I’m just delighted to hear that you appreciate your interest in my book. The warm welcome from readers in the U.K. has been a lovely surprise for a U.S. author. Please enjoy the book!

    And again, thank you!
    Sabra Waldfogel

  2. Dear Sabra,
    Off course we don’t mind!
    We have decided to make Sister of mine the book to read for June.
    At our next meeting we will discuss it and let you know our thoughts.
    Thank you for contacting us

    Galphay Inn Book Club

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