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 meeting is on Wednesday 3 February 2021 and will discuss the Sunday Times’ best-seller Three hours by Rosamund Lupton.

Here is the ‘blurb’ from goodreads.com:

Three Hours is 180 minutes or 10,800 seconds. It is a morning’s lessons, a dress rehearsal of Macbeth, a snowy trek through the woods. It is an eternity waiting for news. Or a countdown to something terrible. It is 180 minutes to discover who you will die for and what men will kill for. In rural Somerset in the middle of a blizzard, the unthinkable happens: a school is under siege. Told from the point of view of the people at the heart of it, from the wounded headmaster in the library, unable to help his trapped pupils and staff, to teenage Hannah in love for the first time, to the parents gathering desperate for news, to the 16 year old Syrian refugee trying to rescue his little brother, to the police psychologist who must identify the gunmen, to the students taking refuge in the school theatre, all experience the most intense hours of their lives, where evil and terror are met by courage, love and redemption.

To read The Guardian review click here

Book Club – Our next meeting is on Wednesday 3 February and will discuss the Sunday Times’ best-seller Three hours by Rosamund Lupton.

Here is the ‘blurb’ from goodreads.com:
Three Hours is
180 minutes or 10,800 seconds. It is a morning’s lessons, a dress rehearsal of Macbeth, a snowy trek through the woods. It is an eternity waiting for news. Or a countdown to something terrible. It is 180 minutes to discover who you will die for and what men will kill for. In rural Somerset in the middle of a blizzard, the unthinkable happens: a school is under siege. Told from the point of view of the people at the heart of it, from the wounded headmaster in the library, unable to help his trapped pupils and staff, to teenage Hannah in love for the first time, to the parents gathering desperate for news, to the 16 year old Syrian refugee trying to rescue his little brother, to the police psychologist who must identify the gunmen, to the students taking refuge in the school theatre, all experience the most intense hours of their lives, where evil and terror are met by courage, love and redemption.
To read The Guardian review click here.

Future Book Club reads are:
March…’They Came Like Swallows’ by William Maxwell
April….’Hamnet’ by Maggie O’ Farrell
May….’On the Black Hill’  by Bruce Chatwin
June…’Girl, Woman, Other’  by Bernadine Evaristo
July….’Educated’  by Tara Westover
September ….’ A Spy among Friends’ by Ben Macintyre 
October…’In the Midst of Winter’ by Isabel Allende
November…’Nemesis’  by Philip Roth .

 

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