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Book Lounge....... with Gloucester Book Club

Book Lounge....... with Gloucester Book Club

By Christina Young
Warning! There may be SPOILERS!!
With so many great books out there, do you find it hard to choose your next read? Are you a book club member or organiser looking for inspiration? Let our book group help you decide. Every month we pick one book we’ve read together and share our thoughts in our podcast!
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Lean Fall Stand by Jon McGregor
Award-winning novelist Jon McGregor returns with a stunning novel that tenderly unpicks the notion of heroism and explores the indomitable human impulse to tell our stories - even when words fail us.  The line between sacrifice and selfishness, this is a story of the undervalued, unrecognised courage it can take just to get through the day.
August 26, 2022
Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez
THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER* 'HELL YES. This is one of those books that has the potential to change things - a monumental piece of research' Caitlin Moran Imagine a world where... · Your phone is too big for your hand · Your doctor prescribes a drug that is wrong for your body · In a car accident you are 47% more likely to be injured. If any of that sounds familiar, chances are you're a woman.
July 29, 2022
The British Book Awards Book of the Year Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens - podcast updated July 2022
Abandoned as a girl, Kya raised herself in the dangerous marshlands of North Carolina. For years, rumors of the marsh girl haunted Barkley Cove, isolating the sharp and resilient Kya from her community. Drawn to two young men from town, she opens herself to a new and startling world.
July 02, 2022
Magpie Lane by Lucy Atkins
'Riveting, twisty, page-turning stuff' Guardian A 'best books of 2020' pick for BBC Radio 4 Open Book, the Guardian, the Telegraph and Good Housekeeping 'The page turner you've been looking for. Sly, witty and gripping . . . I devoured it' Naomi Alderman 'An utter joy . . . wonderfully skilled' Sarah Perry 'Beguiling, brilliantly creepy, and an utterly compelling read' Claire Fuller 'Tender, creepy and gripping' Sunday Times 'Spellbinding and spooky . . . a dazzling high wire act, superbly absorbing' Sunday Mirror
June 29, 2022
A Town Called Solace by Mary Lawson
Longlisted for Booker Prize 2021. Waterstones Says The acclaimed Canadian author of Crow Lake intertwines the lives of three characters brought together by loss in a quietly moving novel – touched with flashes of humour – about the tenderness and tragedy of everyday lives in a small backwater town.
May 28, 2022
Still Life by Sarah Winman
From the author of When God was a Rabbit and Tin Man, Still Life is a big-hearted story of people brought together by love, war, art and the ghost of E.M. Forster. 1944, in the ruined wine cellar of a Tuscan villa, as bombs fall around them, two strangers meet and share an extraordinary evening. Ulysses Temper is a young British soldier, Evelyn Skinner is a sexagenarian art historian and possible spy. She has come to Italy to salvage paintings from the wreckage and relive memories of the time she encountered EM Forster and had her heart stolen by an Italian maid in a particular Florentine room with a view. Evelyn’s talk of truth and beauty plants a seed in Ulysses’ mind that will shape the trajectory of his life – and of those who love him – for the next four decades. Moving from the Tuscan Hills and piazzas of Florence, to the smog of London’s East End, Still Life is a sweeping, joyful novel about beauty, love, family and fate.
April 29, 2022
Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler
Waterstones Says Another acutely observed evocation of Middle America, Redhead by the Side of the Road is both a deliciously offbeat love story and an affectionate character study of a lovable eccentric, stuck in his ways.
March 25, 2022
Booker Prize Winner 2021 The Promise by Damon Galgut
The Promise is a family saga spanning four decades, each of which features a death in the family. It concerns the Afrikaner Swart family and their farm located outside Pretoria. The family consists of Manie, his wife Rachel, and their children Anton, Astrid, and Amor.
February 25, 2022
The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller
'A deeply emotional love story that follows one day in the life of Elle Bishop as she navigates the unravelling of secrets, lies and a very complex love triangle' REESE WITHERSPOON Reviews A beautifully constructed, wonderfully intelligent and beguiling novel, rich with a multitude of pleasures William Boyd It's glorious and gorgeous. I was absolutely immersed and gripped and I'm devastated to have finished it Marian Keyes It's been ages since I was so absorbed in a contemporary novel. I loved it Nick Hornby In rich and sensuous prose, Cowley Heller, cracks open the human heart and exposes her character's choices: the paths not taken and the devastating consequences. I smelled the old cabins and the backwoods, felt the pond water lapping around my ankles, experienced the love and loss of family. A perceptive and powerful story which will stay with me for a long time Claire Fuller, author of Unsettled Ground
January 28, 2022
Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
Kazuo Ishiguro’s latest release and made it onto Barack Obama’s 2021 Reading List! A speculative story about a robot called Klara and her relationship with her human owner, with big implications about what it means to be human. Read with our book club in 2021
December 30, 2021
A Traditional Christmas- a short story by Val McDermid
This short story is read by Christina Young and is included in Val McDermid’s chilling short story collection ‘Christmas Is Murder’
December 23, 2021
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices . . . Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets? A dazzling novel about all the choices that go into a life well lived, from the internationally bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and How To Stop Time.
November 26, 2021
A Colourful Country Escape with author Anita Faulkner
In this episode I chat with Anita about her new book to be published next year.
November 13, 2021
Winner of the Glass Bell best novel award 2017 (UK) The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne
Cyril Avery is not a real Avery or at least that’s what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn’t a real Avery, then who is he? The Heart's Invisible Furies is a deeply engaging and accomplished work. Screamingly funny one minute and heartbreaking the next.' - The Daily Express 'A special read' - BBC Radio 4 Front Row
October 08, 2021
An Extra Pair of Hands by Kate Mosse
An Extra Pair of Hands is beautiful, heartbreaking, honest and ultimately uplifting story of carers, and by carers I mean women. I read it in one sitting, and will be pressing into the hands of everyone I know. A celebration of ageing, womanhood and what love really means.' - Christie Watson
October 06, 2021
Women’s Prize for Fiction winner Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
Isma is free. After years of watching out for her younger siblings in the wake of their mother’s death, she’s accepted an invitation from a mentor in America that allows her to resume a dream long deferred. But she can’t stop worrying about Aneeka, her beautiful, headstrong sister back in London, or their brother, Parvaiz, who’s disappeared in pursuit of his own dream, to prove himself to the dark legacy of the jihadist father he never knew. When he resurfaces half a globe away, Isma’s worst fears are confirmed. Then Eamonn enters the sisters’ lives. Son of a powerful political figure, he has his own birthright to live up to—or defy. Is he to be a chance at love? The means of Parvaiz’s salvation? Suddenly, two families’ fates are inextricably, devastatingly entwined, in this searing novel that asks: What sacrifices will we make in the name of love?
September 17, 2021
Costa Book Awards Best Novel Normal People by Sally Rooney
Normal People is the story of deceptive simplicity, a very accessible narrative of two seemingly mismatched young people who share a profound, inescapable understanding. Beyond that, a study of how one person can forever shape and impact another. In their different ways, Marianne and Connell emerge almost shockingly real and deeply vulnerable.  
August 20, 2021
Christopher Bland Prize winner The Salt Path by Raynor Winn
This book was shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award 2018 and won the Royal Society of Literature Christopher Bland Prize. Just days before Raynor learns that Moth, her husband of 32 years is terminally ill, their home is taken away and they lose their livelihood.  With nothing left and little time they make the brave and impulsive decision to walk the 630 miles of the South West Coastal Path.
July 20, 2021
Amazon’s Best Novel of 2017 Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
In this episode we share our thoughts about this fantastic novel by Celeste Ng.
July 06, 2021
Women’s Prize for Fiction Winner Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell
In this episode we discuss the themes contained in Hamnet which won the Women's Prize for Fiction in 2020.  We also talk about the history of the time and some truths about Shakespeare!
June 22, 2021
Booker Prize Winner Disgrace by JM Coetzee
In this episode we talk about this Booker Prize Winner from 1999. Includes discussion about rape and minor spoilers.  Any references to the character Hannah were mistaken and meant to be Melanie.
June 09, 2021
Aspen Words Literary Prize winner The Beekeeper of Aleppo By Christy Lefteri
In this episode we discuss the themes in The Beekeeper of Aleppo
May 25, 2021
Women’s Prize for Fiction winner An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
In this episode we are talking about the themes contained in An American Marriage
May 11, 2021
Booker Prize winner Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
Episode 2 in which we're chatting about the Booker Prize winner Girl, Woman, Other.
April 27, 2021