Due to the group having a break for Christmas, the next meeting of the Normanby Book Club will be on Wednesday 17th January at 1pm in the Stableyard Café where they will be discussing two books. Each month the group will select a book to read which will be loaned free of charge by North Lincolnshire Library Service. The following month the group will meet to discuss the book in the friendly environment of the Stableyard Cafe at Normanby Hall Country Park. The chosen book will be shared on this page so that you can keep up with what we are reading even if you aren’t able to attend all the sessions. The full reading list can be found at the bottom of the page. If you would like to join the group, please email faye.colver@northlincs.gov.uk or send a Facebook message. The books that will be discussed at the January meeting are;  ‘The World’s Wife’ by Carol Ann Duffy, and ‘Scoop’ by Evelyn Waugh


‘Scoop’ by Evelyn Waugh

Lord Copper, newspaper magnate and proprietor of the  Daily Beast, has always prided himself on his intuitive flair for spotting ace reporters. That is not to say he has not made the odd blunder, however, and may in a moment of weakness make another. Acting on a dinner party tip from Mrs Algernon Smith, he feels convinced that he has hit on just the chap to cover a promising little war in the African Republic of Ishmaelia. One of Waugh’s most exuberant comedies, Scoop is a brilliantly irreverent satire of  Fleet Street and its hectic pursuit of hot news.


‘The World’s Wife’ by Carol Ann Duffy

Who? Him. The Husband. Hero. Hunk. The Boy Next Door. The Boy Next Door. The Paramour. The Je t’adore. 

Behind every famous man is a great woman – and from the quick-tongued Mrs Darwin to the lascivious Frau Freud, from the adoring Queen King to the long-suffering wife of the Devil himself, each one steps from her counterpart’s shadow to tell her side of the story in this irresistible collection. 

Original, subversive, full of imagination and quicksilver wit, The World’s Wife is Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy at her beguiling best.


Books that have already been discussed by the Normanby Book Club are:
  • Notes from an Exhibition – Patrick Gale
  • The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion
  • Perdita, the Life of Mary Robinson – Paula Byrne
  • The Sense of an Ending – Julian Barnes
  • Saturday – Ian McEwan
  • The Accidental – Ali Smith
  • The Blue Book – A. L. Kennedy
  • Mr Golightly’s Holiday – Salley Vickers
  • The Mayor of Casterbridge – Thomas Hardy
  • The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets – Eva Rice
  • A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
  • Instructions for a Heatwave, Maggie O’Farrell
  • NW, Zadie Smith
  • The Mill on the Floss, George Eliot
  • The People on Privilege Hill, Jane Gardam
  • Middle Age, Joyce Carol Oates
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon
  • Semi-Detached, Griff Rhys Jones
  • A Thousand Splendid Sons, Khaled Hosseini
  • A Kind Man, Susan Hill
  • A Summer Promise, Katie Flynn
  • Life after Life, Kate Atkinson
  • The Wasp Factory, Iain Banks
Forthcoming book club dates:
  • 17 January

 Book list August 2017

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