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 used to meet – over a glass of wine – in the Holy Name Hall, Towers Avenue, Jesmond, usually on the last Wednesday in the month at 7pm. However, since the lockdon our meetings are held on the Zoom digital platform.

If you wish to join the discussions, please contact Fr Campion. And please ensure you have read the book beforehand as the discussion is confined to the book, its plot, characterisation, narrative etc.

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Our next Book Club selection is ‘Stonor’ by John Williams.

This novel has been described as ‘a beautiful, sad, utterly convincing account of an entire life‘ by Ian McEwan and ‘a terrific novel of echoing sadness’ by Julian Barnes.

Here is the publisher’s description – William Stoner enters the University of Missouri at nineteen to study agriculture. A seminar on English literature changes his life, and he never returns to work on his father’s farm. Stoner becomes a teacher. He marries the wrong woman. His life is quiet, and after his death, his colleagues remember him rarely. Yet with truthfulness, compassion and intense power, this novel uncovers a story of universal value – of the conflicts, defeats and victories of the human race that pass unrecorded by history – and in doing so reclaims the significance of an individual life. For Julian Barnes’ full review in The Guardian click here

Our August novel was ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ by Delia Owens. Previous selections this year were The Seal Woman’s Gift by Sally Magnussen; ‘Mothering Sunday’ by Graham Swift; All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr; Manhatten Beach by Jennifer Egan; The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker; Middlemarch by George Eliot; How Far Can You Go? by David Lodge; and Robicheaux by James Lee Burke.

 

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