The Bookworm Group 2020

The Bookworm Group is the place to come if you like reading and a chance to reflect with others as well as having fun. Please who are interested in joining our Bookworm Group please e-mail; Barbara at stephen.hedgecock@blueyonder.co.uk

The Bookworm Group was formed in 1988 by Ray Adams, our minister at the time, with church members who love to read. The rationale was that people who belong to a church need to have a better idea of what and how people outside the church think, especially if they want to interact constructively with the modern world.

Since its foundation the Book Group has convened approximately every six weeks to discuss a book. Through the years its members have been introduced to new authors, books, as well as new countries and cultures outside western culture. Occasionally the Book Group has returned to a literature classic, only to discover how contemporary its themes and concerns are.

The size of the Book Group has stayed stable at approximately nine people through the years. Once every year they meet to suggest books for the following twelve months, so that every person usually contributes one book for the reading list.

The reading list for 2020 is:

Meeting DateBookAuthor
Thursday
16 January 2020
Milkman Anna Burns
Thursday
20 February 2020
A Woman in Berlin
Thursday
30 April 202
Death of an Avid Reader Frances Brody
Thursday
4 June 202
To be announced
Thursday
16 July 2020
Elisabeth is Missing Emma Healey
Thursday
10 September 2020

The Crying Tree Naseem Rakha
Thursday
22 October 2020
Girl, Woman, Other Bernadine Evaristo
Thursday
3 December 2020
Christmas Lunch at the Mekan Restaurant, opposite the Church in the Brighton Road
(to be followed with coffee and decision on next year’s books at a member's home,)

Please note that dates are subject to change with revisions (if any) shown above.

For a more detailed list with a summary of each book please see below: (these books are available from Croydon Libraries which is part of London Library Consortium) and can be ordered free of charge on line at: 

You will need to be a member of the London Library Consortium (your library membership will work across all libraries that are part of the LLC (more details on how to join can be seen on-line).  

IssueBook Summary
Thursday
16 January 2020

In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman. But when first brother-in-law sniffs out her struggle, and rumours start to swell, middle sister becomes 'interesting'. The last thing she ever wanted to be. To be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous.
Thursday
20 February 2020

In 'A Woman in Berlin', accounts of the bombing, the rapes, the rationing of food and the overwhelming terror of death during Berlin's fall to the Red Army are rendered in the dispassionate, yet determinedly optimistic prose of a woman fighting for survival amidst the horror and inhumanity of war.
Thursday
30 April 2020

General Note: Kate Shackleton's sterling reputation for courageous sleuthing attracts the attention of the venerable Lady Coulton. Hidden in her past is a daughter, born out of wedlock and given up to a different family. Now, Lady Coulton is determined to find her and puts Kate on the case. But as Kate delves deeper into Lady Coulton's past, she soon finds herse.
Abstract: Kate Shackleton's sterling reputation for courageous sleuthing attracts the attention of the venerable Lady Coulton. Hidden in her past is a daughter, born out of wedlock and given up to a different family. Now, Lady Coulton is determined to find her and puts Kate on the case. But as Kate delves deeper into Lady Coulton's past, she soon finds herself thrust into a scandal much closer to home. When the body of the respected Horatio Potter is found in the Leeds Library basement, the quiet literary community is suddenly turned upside down with suspicions, accusations and - much to Kate's surprise - the appearance of a particularly intelligent Capuchin monkey! Convinced an innocent man has been blamed, Kate sets out to discover the truth.
Thursday
4 June 2020

To be announced To be announced
Thursday
16 July 2020

'Elizabeth is missing', reads the note in Maud's pocket in her own handwriting. Lately, Maud's been getting forgetful. She keeps buying peach slices when she has a cupboard full, forgets to drink the cups of tea she's made and writes notes to remind herself of things. But Maud is determined to discover what has happened to her friend, Elizabeth, and what it has to do with the unsolved disappearance of her sister Sukey, years back, just after the war.
Thursday
10 September 2020

General Note: Irene Stanley thought her world had come to an end when her son Shep was murdered during a robbery at their home. 19 years later, Shep's killer is placed on death row, awaiting a date for execution. Irene, having reached the brink of suicide, now realizes that she needs to face the secrets that surround her son's murder.
Originally published: New York: Broadway; London: Macmillan, 2009.
Abstract: Irene Stanley thought her world had come to an end when her son Shep was murdered during a robbery at their home. 19 years later, Shep's killer is placed on death row, awaiting a date for execution. Irene, having reached the brink of suicide, now realizes that she needs to face the secrets that surround her son's murder.
Thursday
22 October 2020

'Girl, Woman, Other' follows the lives and struggles of twelve very different characters. Mostly women, black and British, they tell the stories of their families, friends and lovers, across the country and through the years
Thursday
3 December 2020
Christmas Lunch at the Mekan Restaurant, opposite the Church in the Brighton Road