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 – over a glass of wine – on the last Wednesday of the month in the Parish Hall on Towers Avenue at 7pm.

From Tessa Burton-Roberts:

This month’s read – for 27 June – is Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Stroud.

Olive Kitteridge: indomitable, compassionate and often unpredictable. A retired schoolteacher in a small coastal town in Maine, as she grows older she struggles to make sense of the changes in her life. She is a woman who sees into the hearts of those around her, their triumphs and tragedies. We meet her stoic husband, bound to her in a marriage both broken and strong, and a young man who aches for the mother he lost – and whom Olive comforts by her mere presence, while her own son feels overwhelmed by her complex sensitivities. A penetrating, vibrant exploration of the human soul, the story of Olive Kitteridge will make you laugh, nod in recognition, wince in pain, and shed a tear or two. 

Our book for April was Midwinter Break by Bernard McLaverty.

Our selection for May was William Trevor’s classic novel The Children of Dynmouth. First published in 1976, The Children of Dynmouth shows William Trevor’s ‘readiness to face the way the human species behaves’. It is a ‘devastating study of evil in action’ (Trevor’s Guardian obituary).

All are welcome to join us.