May 2015 archive

May 30

The Bone Clocks

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell The Bone Clocks is one of the best books I have read this year, without a doubt. It is such a multi-faceted, multi-genre, many layered novel that it is difficult to know where to begin to review it. It begins in 1984, with Holly, a teenage runaway; is it …

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May 24

Ironman Lanzarote 2015

Ironman Lanzarote 2015   I have to report that I did not make it to Ironman Lanzarote this year as I was not well on the day. I think ‘gutted’ is the correct term to describe my disappointment. Steve was a marshall again this year, on the marathon leg of the race so I had …

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May 20

The Children Act by Ian McEwan

The Children Act by Ian McEwan The Children Act is yet another memorable novel by Ian McEwan. Fiona Maye is a Judge, specialising in Family Law. Aged fifty-nine she has regrets about her childlessness and is shocked by her husband telling her that he loves her but wishes to have an affair. He is looking …

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May 15

Writing for Radio (Activity)

Writing for Radio (Activity)   Ask the members to read ‘Writing for Radio; Advice and Information’ before the class. Talking books or a programme like ‘Book at Bedtime’ are mostly a matter of finding a skilled reader with a good reading style and voice. Radio Plays are a very different matter and call for a …

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May 10

We are all Completely Beside Ourselves

We are all Completely Beside Ourselves By Karen Joy Fowler Rosemary is the narrator in ‘We are all Completely Beside Ourselves’,  a phrase she says her mother used to use. She doesn’t talk much, but she tells us that she used to talk all the time. ‘Start in the middle,’ her mother suggested, in an …

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May 05

A True Story

A True Story.   Although he was unable to attend the session ‘Creating the setting‘ one of our members, Ray, decided to read the post ‘Establishing the setting’ and have a go at the writing task He came up with this piece, based, he assures me, on a true story:   I remember it like yesterday, a …

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