Book Speed Dating at Bolton Central Library and Museum – Part Two

Many thanks to the members of Harwood Book Group who supported our Book Speed Dating event in August. They not only attended the event but also reviewed some of their favourite reads to share.

Many thanks to the members of Harwood Book Group who supported our Book Speed Dating event in August.  They not only attended the event but also reviewed some of their favourite reads to share.

 

 

Avril recommends Rat Run by Gerald Seymour

What’s the plot?

Malachy Kitchen is an Intelligence Officer serving in Iraq. He is accused of cowardice when involved in a skirmish with insurgents. Shunned by everyone, he loses his job, his home, his wife and, most of all, his self-respect. He is literally living in the gutter. An old lady befriends him when no one else will and when she is mugged Malachy takes the first steps to rise above the despair and apathy into which he has fallen as he sets about seeking retribution for her.

What do you love most about it?

I love this book because it is about someone who has hit rock bottom but as you read on, you realise that this man is no coward. Also – there is humour in it – I found some of it very amusing.

Can you sum it up in a word/sentence?

Absolutely brilliant!

Who do you think this book would appeal to?

I originally thought men but after reading it I would say any adult.

 

Juliette recommends Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

What’s the plot?

The personal growth of Pip, a poor orphan boy who wants to be a rich gentleman. As he rises to wealth, he deserts his true poor friends, and ultimately becomes humbled by his own arrogance. He looses his good luck and his expectations but through these adversities, he learns how to find happiness.

What do you love most about it?

Great story and characters. It was written as a serial in a weekly magazine, so it is like a modern tv soap with lots of cliffhangers. It has many themes – love, poverty, wealth, love and rejection, good over evil.

Can you sum it up in a word/sentence?

Fantastic

Who do you think this book would appeal to?

Adults

 

Wendy recommends Transcriptions by Kate Atkinson

What’s it about?

A bright, intelligent young woman is asked to work for MI5 during the war. She is employed to transcribe recordings of conversations in a bugged flat between a group of fascists sympathisers and who they believe to be a Gestapo agent.  

What do you love most about it?

It is unusual and quirky in it’s story line – a spy story with a difference that has been well written and has a good helping of humour – a page turner for me – with a twist at the end!

What made you pick it up for the first time?

I have very much enjoyed some of the author’s previous work. Set during WW2 – always a draw for me – I was intrigued by the brief premise of the story line on the back of the book.

 

Interested in future Reading Friends events and Book Groups?

Find information on Reading Friends events and groups here:

http://www.boltonlams.co.uk/libraries/book-groups/reading-friends

Find information about Book Groups at Central Library and in our Community Libraries here:

http://www.boltonlams.co.uk/libraries/book-groups

 

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