Book Speed Dating at Central Library and Museum – Part One

Would you be able to sum up your favourite book in 3 minutes? That was the challenge for our volunteer "Books" at our recent Book Speed Dating event!

Would you be able to sum up your favourite book in 3 minutes? That was the challenge for our volunteer “Books” at our recent Book Speed Dating event!

Many thanks to the volunteers and to everyone who attended the event and contributed to the discussions. Special thanks to The Bolton Little Theatre who entertained us with great performances on the theme of love. The featured books were:

Carson McCullers – The heart is a lonely hunter

Gregory David Roberts – Shantaram

R.D Blackmore – Lorna Doone

Winston Graham – Ross Poldark

Angela Carter – Fairy Tales

John Steinbeck – Cannery Row

Patricia Highsmith – The talented Mr Ripley

We asked Pierrette to tell us a little about her choice, The heart is a lonely hunter.

What’s the plot?

Set in the 1930’s in a small town in the American South the story describes in detail a few keys characters’ lives illustrating how marginalised people lived together.

What do you love most about it?

Its inclusivity, at a time of Segregation which has a reputation for intolerance McCullers story is a study of compassion. I love that it includes a range of disabilities, genders, sexuality and race all treated equally.

Favourite scene?

When Singer takes the friend he loves beautiful silk pyjama

Can you sum it up in a word/sentence?

A beautifully descriptive book that evokes the smells, sights & emotions of the deep south, a lesson in inclusivity that we could all learn from.

Who do you think this book would appeal to?

People who love good descriptive writing, anyone from a marginalised community, anyone who wants to be inspired that there is good & love in the world, anyone interested in the history of Segregation in the US.

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