Book Group reads books for enjoyment. The titles selected
mirror our interests but are also chosen to improve the quality and
range of our reading.
Our monthly meeting
We meet between 2 and 4 pm on the second Tuesday of each month when a
volunteer introduces the "Book of the Month", which is usually a modern
novel, but occasionally a classic or non-fiction book. This is followed
by a general discussion which everyone joins in and puts
forward their opinions. Ideally we will all have read the book and had
time to think about it, but know that this is not always possible and
welcome those who come to hear other members' views. After a break for
tea, books for future meetings are discussed and chosen by popular
We obtain most of our books from Maidenhead Library in
batches of ten from their Book Group Reading Scheme. Hence our
membership is now set at 10.
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November 2018 brought That Woman by Anne Sebba.
Even if we were too young, the story of King Edward VIII’s abdication
and Mrs Simpson must have entered our consciousness at some time. This
book tells the rather sad tale of the two lovers, the one a spoilt
prince with a massive ego, the other a relatively poor American twice
married woman looking for financial security and social position. It’s
all there and we can only speculate, 80 years later, whether things
would be managed better now.
To finish the year off we attempted our Everest, The Ambassadors by Henry James.
This is widely considered a Classic novel. The story is set in the late
1800s and follows a rich American’s son who is living in Paris and
thought to be embroiled with dubious female contacts. Mother sends
"ambassadors" to Europe to persuade him to come home to an important
job in the family firm. It is a good story but the writing style and
structure makes it almost impossible to follow; only three of our
readers managed to get to the end. Those who did not should still be
To start the year well, we read The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith.
This proved to be our most readable book of the year. It’s about a
female Dutch painter in 1637, a painting, its 20th Century owner and a
young female forger and their subsequent relationship. The story
teasingly jumps from one time period or place to another revealing a
very entertaining tale. Unmissable.