The Holy Name Book Club is open to all members of the community, no matter what their age or religion, who enjoy reading fiction. We meet next – over a glass of wine – on Wednesday 9th January 2019 in the Parish Hall on Towers Avenue at 7pm.

Meetings this year – 2019 – will take place on the first Wednesday of the month.

The choice for 6 February is Mrs Osmond by John Banville:
Having fled Rome and a stultifying marriage, Isabel Osmond is in London, brooding on the recent disclosure of her husband’s shockingyears-long betrayal of her. What should she do now, and which way should she turn, in the emotional labyrinth where she has been trapped for so long? Reawakened by grief and the knowledge of having been grievously wronged, she determines to resume her youthful quest for freedom and independence. Soon Isabel must return to Italy and confront her husband, and seek to break his powerful hold on her. But will she succeed in outwitting him, and securing her revenge? Mrs Osmond is a masterly novel of betrayal, corruption and moral ambiguity, from the Man Booker Prize-winning author. (Penguin Books)

The choice for 6th March is Elmet by Fiona Mozley:

Fresh and distinctive writing from an exciting new voice in fiction, Elmet is an unforgettable novel about family, as well as a beautiful meditation on landscape. 

Daniel is heading north. He is looking for someone. The simplicity of his early life with Daddy and Cathy has turned sour and fearful. They lived apart in the house that Daddy built for them with his bare hands. They foraged and hunted. When they were younger, Daniel and Cathy had gone to school. But they were not like the other children then, and they were even less like them now. Sometimes Daddy disappeared, and would return with a rage in his eyes. But when he was at home he was at peace. He told them that the little copse in Elmet was theirs alone. But that wasn’t true. Local men, greedy and watchful, began to circle like vultures. All the while, the terrible violence in Daddy grew.

Atmospheric and unsettling, Elmet is a lyrical commentary on contemporary society and one family’s precarious place in it, as well as an exploration of how deep the bond between father and child can go. (goodreads.com) 

The meeting on 9 January discussed Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh. First published in 1928, it has been chosen to mark the 90th anniversary of the laying of the church’s foundation stone in that same year.

You are most welcome to join us but please ensure you have read the book beforehand as the discussion is confined to the book, its plot, characterisation, narrative etc.