“Heads and Tales”

Following the successful launch of the Grannus Musings book group in 2014, a few people remained on a waiting list to join. With them as a core and a motley group of other interested readers, a new group was formed and now meets monthly. It has recently adopted the group name – “Heads and Tales”. The books discussed have been— “My Father’s House” by Bethany Dawson -including a video chat with the author about what led her to write the book – “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins, “Buddenbrooks“ by Thomas Mann and finally “The Surgeon of Crowthorne” by Simon Winchester. Each meeting may begin with the reading of a poem if the host so chooses  and involves a very relaxed discussion of the book’s interest value and why people liked or disliked it.

In future a short summary of each book’s theme will be posted on the website.

The May book “ The Surgeon of Crowthorne” by Simon Winchester was introduced by Katherine Dalton, who began with the poem- “Children Leaving Home” by Cecil Day-Lewis. Katherine summarised the book as-

“A true story which begins with a murder in Victorian London and takes the reader via the American Civil War and Broadmoor Hospital in Berkshire to a Scriptorium in Oxford.  The three-stranded thread which links them together is an American schizophrenic, a single-minded Scot and the Oxford English Dictionary.”

The group is based in Inveresk, but members have also joined from nearby.

If you have any interest in joining a bookclub, please contact me at ianandisabel@mac.com


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