Book Group 2

Co-ordinator  Julia Morten
Telephone  01280 817601
E-mail book.group2@buckinghamu3a.org.uk
Weekday 3rd Monday
Time 10:30 – 12:00
Venue No5,  Royal Court, Chandos Rd. Buckingham MK18 1AL
Shadow Coordinator Jean Froude 01280 817427

About the group

We meet on the 3rd Monday of the month at 10.30 – 12 at my flat, 5 Royal Court, Chandos Road, Buckingham , (opposite the entrance to the Royal Latin School, and next door to the Catholic Church).

We are limited to 8 members due to the size of my sitting room.  In the summer we hope to meet in the  gardens to the flats. beside the river.   We have all suggested various books to read and the following list will cover our reading until the end of the year, ranging from crime to religion to  fiction.

This link https://www.fantasticfiction.com/ will give more information about most of the authors listed below.

Jan – August 2017
January The Drowned Boy (Inspector Sejer mysteries) Karin Fossum
February Snow Falling on Cedars David Guterson
March The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins
April This Boy Alan Johnson
May The Birth Of Venus Sarah Dunant
June (also trip to Broughton Castle?) The Music Room William Fiennes
July Concealed in Death J D Robb
August Remarkable Creatures Tracy Chevalier
August Remarkable Creatures Tracy Chevalier
September The Siege Helen Dunmore
October The Moonstone Wilkie Collins
November Ashenden Somerset Maughan
December A Time of gifts Patrick Leigh Fermor

Visit to Broughton Castle in June.

We decided to visit Broughton Castle, home of Lord and Lady Saye and Sele, following our reading and discussing The Music Room written by William Fiennes, their youngest son.   Here he describes his  childhood in the idealistic surroundings of the castle and the bravery of his parents looking after his eldest brother who had severe epilepsy.
We started by having lunch at the Saye and Sele pub in Broughton village on the hottest day this summer, which was efficient and good.   Arriving early at the castle entrance we were met for our appointment to view the Music Room, which is in the family’s private quarters, by a charming member of staff.   The Music Room  turned out to be a very small room, off their kitchen and filled with many family pictures and an upright piano!

We then explored the rest of the castle which was really interesting and beautifully furnished.   The family is very old – Geoffrey de Sale was one of the signatories to Magna Carta.  Like all families it has had its ups and downs and several times had to sell off all its treasures.    Completely surrounded by a moat the setting is truly magical, the gardens were stunning, and we all thoroughly enjoyed our visit.

For further information please contact the Group Coordinator – details above.

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