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 usually on the last Wednesday in the month, although this can change, at 7pm. 

If you wish to join the discussions, please email Fr Campion at welcome@holynamejesmond.co.uk.  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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Holy Name Book Club – The next meeting is on Wednesday 29 June in the hall on Towers Avenue and will discuss ‘I Capture the Castle’ by Dodie Smith.

It is the first novel by the English author Dodie Smith, written during the Second World War when she and her husband Alec Beesley (also English and a conscientious objector) had moved to California. She longed for home and wrote of a happier time, unspecified in the novel apart from a reference to living in the 1930s. Smith was already an established playwright and later became famous for writing the children’s classic The Hundred and One Dalmatians. The novel relates the adventures of an eccentric family, the Mortmains, struggling to live in genteel poverty in a decaying castle during the 1930s. The first-person narrator is Cassandra Mortmain, an intelligent teenager who tells the story through her journal. It is a coming-of-age story in which Cassandra passes from being a girl at the beginning to being a young woman at the end. In 2003 the novel was listed at number 82 in the BBC‘s survey The Big Read. (Wikipedia) 

Future reads are:
‘The Good Soldier’ by Ford Madox Ford;
‘Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont’ by Elizabeth Taylor; ‘
Apeirogon’ by Colum McCann; ‘
‘Oh William’ by Elizabeth Strout

 

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