What we thought of “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie”

We met in Harbury Village Library on Tuesday 21st September to discuss "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" by Muriel Spark. The meeting was led by Ann and we started by choosing three words to describe our opinion of the book. Our choices were: Complex, Original, EnigmaticProvocative, FunnySnobbish, Funny, Though-provokingBrilliant, Intriguing, WittyElegant but slightDisturbing, Painful, … Continue reading What we thought of “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie”

What is a Gongoozler

On Friday 1st October, 2021 Phil Underwood and Denise Dryburgh will bring their show, Boat Horse, to Harbury Village Hall to take us through the days of the horse drawn canal boats and the society the boating folk created. The story is told in narrative, poetry, puppetry and great original songs. Tickets for the show … Continue reading What is a Gongoozler

A Stolen Waistcoat on the Canal

On Friday 1st October, 2021 Phil Underwood and Denise Dryburgh will bring their show, Boat Horse, to Harbury Village Hall to take us through the days of the horse drawn canal boats and the society the boating folk created. The story is told in narrative, poetry, puppetry and great original songs. From the true story … Continue reading A Stolen Waistcoat on the Canal

What we thought of “On the Road”

What did we think of "On the Road" by Jack Kerouac? Not much according to the seven members of the Classic Book Group at our meeting in Harbury Village Library on Tuesday 17th August. Among the comments were: Soporific, Challenging, TediousGreat writing, horrible charactersJoylessAdventurous, slightly shocking, self indulgentInfuriating, brilliant (at times)Conflicting, boring, intriguing There was … Continue reading What we thought of “On the Road”

The Reading Well Programme

The Reading Well programme supports people to understand and manage their health and wellbeing using helpful reading. The books are all chosen and recommended by health experts, as well as people living with the conditions covered and their relatives and carers.  Health and Social Care professionals, link workers, teachers, and anyone else offering support can … Continue reading The Reading Well Programme

What we thought of “The Woodlanders”

On July 20th we met in person for the first time in nearly 18 months to talk about "The Woodlanders" by Thomas Hardy. A few had read it some time before and those that hadn't weren't expecting to enjoy it. In fact it was considered an enjoyable read by all. Invited to describe their opinion … Continue reading What we thought of “The Woodlanders”

What we thought of “The Cheapest Nights”

Our Classic Book for June was "The Cheapest Nights", a selection of short stories by Egyptian writer Yusuf Idris. Idris, and Egyptian literature, were new to everyone in the group, but the book was very well received. When asked to provide three words to describe their response the answers were agreed to have been the … Continue reading What we thought of “The Cheapest Nights”

What we thought of Wuthering Heights

Dark clouds scudded from the east, bending trees and rattling rain and hail against the window glass.No, not the weather in Harbury in May 2021, but an expression of the mood evoked by Emily Bronte's "Wuthering Heights", the topic of this month's meeting. Led by Andrew C. we wandered the Yorkshire moors and the minds … Continue reading What we thought of Wuthering Heights

What we thought of “Moby Dick”

At our Classic Book Group meeting on Tuesday 20th April we discussed "Moby Dick" by Herman Melville. It turned out to have been our most unread / unfinished book so far. When invited to come up with three words to describe the book our participants offered: Long, discouragingWet, bleak, sadEncyclopaedic, Authentic, EnergeticTedious, depressing, long-windedIlluminating, erudite, … Continue reading What we thought of “Moby Dick”

What we thought of “Emil and the Detectives”

At our  meeting on Tuesday 16th of March we discussed "Emil and the Detectives" by Erich Kästner. Almost unanimously it was agreed that we loved the book. Some of the words that were used to describe it were, "Romp", "Realistic", Far-fetched", "Charming", "Nostalgic", "Dated", "Comforting", "A perfect lockdown read". Our topic questions were: Did you … Continue reading What we thought of “Emil and the Detectives”