Report on Book Group Meeting - Meeting, Monday, 10 April 2017

The group met on Monday 13th to discuss Peter May's book, "The Lewis Man". This is the middle book of a trilogy set on the Hebridean island of Lewis. The books are all "stand-alone" novels but perhaps better enjoyed if you read all of them. Without exception, the group found this novel to be a real page-turner and a few of us have now read the other two novels in the series and have thoroughly enjoyed them. Peter May's in-depth descriptions of the islands and their harsh climate irritated some of the group and fascinated others. The book covered diverse subjects such as advanced dementia, the ill-treatment of orphans both in the children's homes where they had been placed and in the family homes they were taken to on the islands; gangsters from Edinburgh also appeared in the story as well as "The Lewis Man" - a body unearthed in a peat bog. Our scores for this novel varied between 6 and 9 and averaged out at 7½.

We shall meet next month on 8th May to discuss "The Lives of Stella Bain" by Anita Shreve. This is a bit of a lucky-dip for the group as it has not been recommended by anyone; there were 12 copies at the library so we grabbed them! It will be interesting to see what we think of it.
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