‘Between The Covers Book Group’ (Formerly Book Group 4)

June 2109 Newsletter

Beeston U3A on the radio!

One of our book groups, Between the Covers, was recently featured on the Radio 2 Book Club feature, which is hosted by Jo Whiley. Here is a bit of background about how it all came about:

One of our members, Debbie, is an avid reader and wondered if Between the Covers could get involved with the Radio 2 book club. On making contact with the show, events unfolded extremely quickly, and within a few weeks it was all systems go!

A few of us blindly and bravely agreed to get involved. At the time, we had no idea what category of book we were going to be asked to review, when we would receive it, nor did we have details of the likely format of the recording session. As it turned out we had very little time within which to read the book and the recording format would unfold on the day!!

Towards the end of March we met at our regular venue and a very patient Radio 2 researcher/producer turned up microphone in hand. After a few introductions and false starts, we continued with our usual format to discuss our various thoughts on the book – with the exception of a microphone being thrust under our noses!!

The book we were asked to review was a new release Michelle Paver -‘Wakenhyrst’ a gothic thriller. The author and book (plus our pre-recorded review) featured on the Jo Whiley Radio 2 Book Club on 1 April.

We all thoroughly enjoyed the experience … after the event!!was very interesting how a 40-minute recording session was condensed into just a few minutes airtime.go to Debbie for suggesting we get involved in the project and agreeing to front the live radio phone-in segment.

Elaine Neville

As we moved into our third year sadly we lost a couple of our founder members but happily gained a few new ones. We continue to meet on the third (3rd) Monday of each month – 1.30 pm at the Pearson Centre for Young People, 2 Nuart Road, Beeston, Nottingham, NG9 2NH.

The nature of the book group is to read and enjoy literature by various authors, across all of the genres. We are a smallish but very friendly group who come together for cordial and relaxed discussions about the month’s book choice

The group’s preference is mainly for fictional works, although we do have the odd one or two autobiographies/biographies. Group members put forward book suggestions anonymously … and as with all book choices we have the marmite factor!!

In the past, members have volunteered, to give a brief talk on their favourite author, or a particular book, or what/ whom inspired them to become bookworms. We have had some very interesting talks, which have led members to venture into new genres and authors. We are exploring the possibility of inviting local authors to come and talk to the group about their novels and their venture into writing arena.

In March a few of us blindly bravely agreed to review a new book release (‘Wakenhurst’ by Michelle Paver) for the Jo Whiley Radio 2 Book Club. At the time we had no idea of the category of book we were going to be asked to review and, as it turned out, had very little time within which to read it!! We all thoroughly enjoyed the experience … after the event!! It was interesting how a 40-minute recording session was condensed into just a few minutes airtime. The author and book (plus our pre-recorded review) featured on the Jo Whiley Radio 2 Book Club on 1 April. Thanks go to Debbie for suggesting we get involved in the project and fronting the live radio phone-in segment. Thanks also go to Alison who joined the recording session from one of our other U3A book groups, Readers Rendezvous.

So far this year have ploughed our way through:

January : ‘Just a Little Run Around’by Rosie Swale-Pope
February : ‘Theof Dust – La Belle’Philip Pullman
March : ‘TheLiterary and Potato Peel Pie Society’ byAnn Shaffer
April : ‘Conclave’ by Robert Harris
May : ‘The Couple Next Door’ by Shari Lapena
In forthcoming months will be reviewing:
June : ‘Broken Ground’ by Val McDermid
July : ‘The Sealwoman’s Gift’ by Sally Magnusson
August : ‘Transcription’ by Kate Atkinson
September : ‘Magpie Murders’ by Anthony Horowitz
October : ‘Us’ by David Nicholls
November : ‘Saturday’ by Ian McEwan
December : ‘The Kind Worth Killing’ by Peter Swanson—plus our annual literary quiz and fuddle!

New members welcome!

Elaine Neville

March 2017 Newsletter

Book Group 4 is Beeston U3A’s latest ‘general’ book group – hopefully the group will come up with suggestions for a more inspiring name at its next meeting! We’re a small but perfectly formed group that started out on 16 January 2017.

The nature of the book club is to read and enjoy literature by various authors and across all genres. We come together for cordial and relaxed discussions about the month’s book choice. As we are a fledgling group we are not currently affiliated to a local library in order to obtain multiple copies of books, but if the group so wishes this could be explored.

Our February read was Before the Fall by Juliet West. A debut novel inspired by a true story, the setting is the East End of London torn apart by the First World War … a tale of an illicit love affair and its devastating consequences.

In March, we will be reading My Brilliant Friend (Book 1 of the Neapolitan novels) by Eleanor Ferrante. This is a story of friendship amid the backdrop of a poor section of postwar Naples, Italy. The novel opens with a flashback … the narrator is Elena Greco, a woman in her mid-60s, looking back on her six-decade friendship with Lila Cerullo and their struggles.

We meet on the third (3rd) Monday of each month – 1.30 pm at the White Lion Bar & Kitchen,

We would welcome new members, so please come and join us.

Elaine