A Good Read


Mary Ross

The Good Read book group’s aim is to have a friendly and informed discussion about what makes a ‘good read’.

Each member of the group recommends two books and the Convener organises them into a list. The group reads one of these books each month. These books are available second-hand or digitally.

The member who recommends the book for that month introduces it and gives their own feedback. The discussion is then opened up to the rest of the group.

The group is interested in the author’s handling of the story line, characters, content and writing style.

There is a tea / coffee break which gives everyone an opportunity to talk about other books they have recently enjoyed.

Please contact the Convener for further information, or if you would like to join the Good Read book group.

In 2023 our  book group read a selection of books chosen by members, including a biography “Sophia “ and short stories by Alice Munro. Interestingly, many of the fiction titles  are concerned with historical /political events, and set in countries such as Australia, Italy, France , Sri Lanka , America, Ireland and Spain. Information is thus dispensed with the story. We are rarely united  in our opinions on style and content, but we enjoy the discussion and the tea and cake! 

We have just finished this mixed list of titles:

  • A tale for the time being, by Ruth Ozeki
    The dry, by Jane Harper
    Gioconda, by Lucille Turner
    The courier’s tale, by Peter Walker
    Open secrets, by Alice Munroe
    Star of the sea, by Joseph O’Connor
    Sophia, by Anita Anand
    Anil’s Ghost, by Michael Ondaatje
    The disappearance of Adèle Bedeau, by Graeme Macrae Burnet
    The shadow king, by Maaza Mengiste
    The heart is a lonely hunter, by Carson McCullers
    The narrow road to the deep north, by Richard Flannigan
    The shadow of the wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
    For Esme with love and squalor, etc. by J.D. Salinger
    Amsterdam, by Ian McEwan
Date: 4th Monday of the month
Time: 2.30 pm
Location: In a member’s home
book group - man and woman reading books

Accessibility at Bridges Centre

Members’ monthly meetings are held at Bridges Community Centre, Drybridge Park. Some group meetings and activities also take place at Bridges. Off street parking is available here outside the building, and disabled parking is adjacent to the building entrance. There are no external steps or slopes, and the entrance doors are automatic. The ground floor is fully accessible and level throughout, and there is space for wheelchairs. There is a lift to the first floor, and accessible toilets on both floors. There is a hearing induction system in the Agincourt room where the monthly meetings are held.

Accessibility at Ty Price

Some group activities and meetings are held at Ty Price, St Thomas Community Hall, St Thomas’s Square. There is no off street parking here. The approach on foot is a gentle slope to double entrance doors. The ground floor of the building is fully accessible and there is a disabled toilet. The stairs to the first floor are wide and well-lit with a handrail on both sides, but there is no lift. There is a hearing induction system on the ground floor.

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