With so many exciting new books out this Spring/ Summer, not to mention some older titles that are worth revisiting, it has been difficult to decide on just one book for our June book club. We have therefore picked two! We hope you will join us in reading one (or both!) of them and look forward to discussing the books with you at our next virtual book club meeting which will be held at the end of June.
In the meantime, we would love to hear from you, as well as other book clubs, about any books you have enjoyed reading lately. We also welcome suggestions for future reads. We will add your recommended books to our reading list for the speed readers amongst you and those with more time at their hands…
Make sure to follow and tag us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or keep visiting this page to find out details on when and how to join our next virtual book club discussion at the end of June.
Happy reading everyone!
On a dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the Thames, the regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open and in steps an injured stranger. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a child. Hours later, the dead girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Is it magic? And who does the little girl belong to? (Source: Waterstones).
‘Once Upon the River’, an exquisitely crafted, multi-layered mystery brimming with folklore, suspense and romance, as well as with scientific curiosity of the Darwinian age, is as richly atmospheric as Setterfield’s bestseller ‘The Thirteenth Tale’.
Diane Setterfield is a British author whose 2006 debut novel, The Thirteenth Tale, became a New York Times No. 1 best seller. She won the 2007 Quill Award, Debut author of the year, for this novel.
‘The Lost Man’, by the author of the Sunday Times top ten bestseller, ‘The Dry’, tells the gripping tale of two brothers in the Australian outback. It is a favourite of Wimblecomm’s Susanne who felt the book’s references to social and physical isolation in the harsh Australian outback might resonate with readers at this time.
The two brothers meet at the remote border of their vast cattle properties under the unrelenting sun of the outback. In an isolated part of Australia, they are each other’s nearest neighbours, their homes hours apart.
They are at the stockman’s grave, a landmark so old that no one remembers who is buried there. Today, however, the shadow it casts was the last hope for their middle brother, Cameron. The Bright family’s quiet existence is thrown into grief and anguish.
Something must have been troubling Cameron. Did he choose to walk to his death? If he didn’t, the isolation of the outback leaves few suspects… (Source: Amazon UK).
Jane Harper is an award winning Australian author known for her crime novels and international bestsellers The Dry (her debut novel), Force of Nature, and The Lost Man. She is currently finalising her fourth novel which is available for pre-order and due to come out in the UK in early 2021.
The first book we read in our new Wimblecomm Book Club was ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ by Delia Owens.
The inaugural book club discussion was hosted on our Facebook page and later moved to a Zoom web meeting to enable better engagement between the participants.
There was a lively discussion about the story line and main characters. Everyone seemed to have really enjoyed reading the book and the average score given was a whooping 8 out of 10!
Jackie, from the Wimblecomm Team, shares the following recommended reads – in case you have time for more…
Favourite catch-up series
Author – J. A. Jance
‘This is an American female author who I would never have come across had it not been for the only reading app. Libby. The software makes suggestions for you, and I happened on these books due to that option.
She has three separate series with very strong protagonists – an Arizona based female sheriff, Joanna Brady; a Seattle based DI J P Beaumont and an Arizona based owner of a cyber security company, Alison Reynolds.
All the books are fast-paced adventure/crime thrillers with a very strong sense of place. Due to these books, I have Arizona and Seattle on my wish list for travel in the future.’
Author – Ann Cleeves
‘Ann Cleeves has written the books behind two very successful TV series; Shetland and Vera.
‘I have read my way through all of them on Libby. They are beautifully written books, again with a very strong sense of place, just like the TV series. It’s interesting to compare the original characters with those portrayed on TV. There’s no conflict in doing both, because the stories are not faithfully represented by the TV production company, and in fact the TV stories have gone way beyond the books.’
We are delighted to launch the new Wimblecomm Virtual Book Club!
Every 6 – 8 weeks we will introduce a new book, inviting you to join a live discussion on the Wimblecomm Book Club Facebook page.
Our inaugural discussion will take place on Thursday, 14 May, from 7pm to 8pm.
Check out our FB Virtual Book Club page to find a list of questions, polls, and to leave your comments and feedback anytime before and during the live discussion.
Please get in touch, via Facebook, Twitter, or by email, to share your recommended reads! Click on the link below to join the fun!
Happy Reading #ConnectingMerton
Our first book is ‘Where The Crawdads Sing’ by Delia Owens.
‘For years, rumours of the Marsh Girl have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews if found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say…’