Following on from my last blog post, we have now had a book group meeting where we discussed Graeme Simsion’s novel, The Rosie Project. We all enjoyed it so much, and could easily identify with the characters, recognising traits of Dr Don Tillman in all of us (some more than others!). One member of the group even professed to be Don! Some amongst us had been to meet the author at Chorleywood Library on Thursday 13th February and were treated to a very entertaining evening. Graeme Simsion talked about how he had come to write the book (originally conceived as a screenplay for a film), where he drew his inspiration from and how he has indeed, just turned the novel into a screenplay. He has also completed a sequel. Both the film and second novel will be eagerly awaited by us! The novel made us laugh out loud, as we did when we heard him speak.
At the back of the book, there are some cocktail recipes which Don memorises for a reunion of the medics who were contemporaries of Rosie’s mother, which look quite fun to try. You should also take the test to see whether you are compatible with Don and would make a good wife for this Professor who likes to live his life according to schedules and regimes! If you are male, you could view this as a test to see whether you are Don! Why not look at the website for the book and see which character you are most like? Click here to find out. Four of us tried the Wife Project quiz and one of us was very nearly a good match…
We also discussed Damian Barr’s book, Maggie and me. This memoir is an account of Damian’s difficult and poverty-stricken upbringing in suburban Glasgow close to the Ravenscraig Steelworks during the era of the Thatcher government. The views of our reading group were quite varied: ‘I didn’t like the content, but found it compelling and couldn’t put it down’; ‘It was very interesting, if uncomfortable, reading’; ‘I enjoyed it. It is very different from the books which we usually read. It was not as dark as it could have been, Damian kept it fairly jovial considering what he was going through’. Definitely one for the ‘to-read’ shelf…
Two of our members also found the time to read Capital Punishment by Robert Wilson:
Beautiful Alyshia D’Cruz has grown up in London and Mumbai wanting for nothing. But one night she takes the wrong cab home. Charles Boxer, expert in high-stakes kidnap resolution, teams up with his ex-partner, investigative cop Mercy Danquah, who’s battling with their rebellious teenage daughter. Alyshia’s father hires Boxer, who knows all about the tycoon’s colourful career, which has made him plenty of enemies. But despite the vast D’Cruz fortune, the kidnappers don’t want cash, instead favouring a cruel and lethal game…To save Alyshia, Boxer must dodge religious fanatics, Indian mobsters and London’s homegrown crimelords. CAPITAL PUNISHMENT is a journey to the dark side of people and places that lie just out of view, waiting for the moment to tear a life apart. Neilsen Bookdata Online.
Our members really enjoyed it and found it good to read a book from the crime genre. One said: ‘I have also finished Capital Punishment which I loved also. Enjoyed reading an English crime novel for a change. Loved that it was based in London so I could actually visualise where they were! Liked the characters’. The other commented that it was a good thriller and kept him turning the pages. It’s certainly on my pile to read next.