Astonishing Splashes of Colour by Clare Morrall

“Beautifully written and the type of book I keep thinking about afterwards.”

“Made me want to read another book by the author.”

Interestingly two of the group didn’t enjoy it to start with and walked away from it, but were really glad they returned to it. I think it’s fair to say it’s not a book you can say you ‘enjoyed’, the subject matter didn’t really lend itself to that verb, but everyone agreed it was engaging and very well written, especially for a debut novel. The general consensus was very positive and for some a book they wouldn’t have picked if it had not been Book Group book.

Clare’s new novel “When the Floods Came” is out now.

The Good Father by Marion Husband

This book, about a man trying to pick up his life after returning from the 2nd World War where he spent time as a prisoner of war in Japan,  generated a good discussion about the relationships between fathers and sons and on how war leaves its scars, both physical and mental, on its survivors which in turn affect families and friends. The plot is very tightly woven and some of us found this made the story slightly unbelievable in parts as events began to seem too coincidental. On the whole we thought this was quite a good read.

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