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January’s Selection:  ‘The Keeper of Stories’ by Sally Page

If you like to read ? and need inspiration and the opportunity to chat with other book lovers  – then it’s time to join the BYC Book Club.

Scroll down to learn more about the club and how it works.

To join the book club / attend the next meeting, either contact the office and they can get you added to the Whatsapp group, or complete the form at the link below.

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The Keeper of Stories

January’s Selection: ‘The Keeper of Stories’ by Sally Page

The most charming and uplifting novel you will read this year!

‘Funny, wise, moving and full of lovely moments…The characters are endearing and unforgettable’ Hazel Prior, author of the Richard & Judy Book Club Pick Away with the Penguins
‘Janice is a wonderful woman whose authenticity pulls you along…the breadth and originality of supporting characters makes this debut an immersive delight’ Dorset Magazine
‘Absolutely spellbinding…a warm-hearted, thoughtful, funny and yet deeply poignant’ Celia Anderson, author of 59 Memory Lane
‘A treasure of a book. Beautiful, emotional and heartfelt with a cornucopia of characters you’ll love spending time with’ Phaedra Patrick, author of The Library of Lost and Found

When Janice starts cleaning for Mrs B – a shrewd and tricksy woman in her nineties – she meets someone who wants to hear her story. But Janice is clear: she is the keeper of stories, she doesn’t have a story to tell. At least, not one she can share.

Mrs B is no fool and knows there is more to Janice than meets the eye. What is she hiding? After all, doesn’t everyone have a story to tell?

We will discuss this book at our next meeting, Thursday 2nd February, 8pm at the Club Main Bar.


Past reads:

2022

  • December – The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
  • November – Milkman by Anna Burns (Book Club score  9.8 – of those who finished the book!)
  • October – Kon Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl  (Book Club score 7.75/10)
  • September – A Woman Made of Snow by Elisabeth Gifford
  • August – Wintering by Katherine May (Book Club score 5.25/10)
  • July – The Therapist by BA Paris (Book Club score 5.9/10)
  • June – Away with the Penguins by (Book Club score 8.1/10)
  • May – The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons (Book Club score 5.2/10)
  • April – Endurance by Aldred Lansing (Book Club score 8/10)
  • March – The Glass Cell, by Patricia Highsmith (Book Club score 7/10)
  • February – Lily’s Promise, by Lily Ebert and Dov Forman (Book Club score 6.9/10)
  • January – The Body, Bill Bryson

2021

  • December – The Cuckoo’s Calling, Robert Galbraith
  • November –  The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Mary Ann Shaffer
  • October – The Wind Up Bird Chronicles, by Haruki Marakumi
  • September – The Waisted Vigil, Nadeem Askam
  • August –  The Guest List, Lucy Foley
  • July – Hamnet, Maggie O’Farrell
  • June – The Lost Man, Jane Harper
  • May – The Last Migration, Charlotte McConaghy
  • April – A Letter to a Lucky Man, Thomas Jobling
  • March – Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  • February – The Salt Path, Raynor Winn

How the book club works

  • Note: the Book Club is only open to members and guests of members (who must be signed in).
  • The monthly catch up meeting is the first Thursday of every month at 8pm, meeting at the Club in the Main Bar.
  • At the meeting we discuss the previous month’s book. The discussion is guided by a cheerful ’emcee’ and that chat is lively and varied discussing the book’s plot, setting, writing style, issues raised (eg, homelessness in The Salt Path) – and the author. Nobody is put on the spot for their opinion and it is absolutely fine to just listen.
  • When we remember, we give the book a score.
  • A new book is drawn, blind picking  from the suggestions put forward by members of the book club.
  • Members purchase the books at their own expense and of course, if they don’t like the look of a book they are quite welcome to drop out for that month, but most people are in the club to try different genres.
  • If you’d like to join in simply sign up here: https://bit.ly/BYC-BookClub and you will be added to the club’s Whatsapp group where you can join the chat, and will then get the link for the Zoom meeting.

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