Book Club: Meets on Tuesday at 8.00 pm in St Mark’s Rectory, 4 Sydenham Avenue 5 March A History of Loneliness – John Boyne Ordan Yates begins training for the priesthood in 1972, filled with ambition, hope, dedication and keen to make friends. Forty years on, his devotion has been challenged by revelations that shattered the Irish people’s faith. 2 April The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver Belgian Kongo, the 1960s. The wife of a Baptist preacher’s wife and their four daughters narrate this story of a missionary family’s undoing and reconstruction over three decades.
7 May The Liars Gospel – Naomi Alderman A gripping novel set in first century Judea, a year after wandering preacher and healer Yehoshuah died, which tells the story of four people, his mother, his friend, the High Priest and the rebel Barabbas. Provocative, mesmerizing, as well as vivid and sensuous.
4 June My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry - Fredrik Backman Seven years old and lonely, Elsa loses her unusual, crazy grandmother and is tasked with delivering a series of letters, apologising to those she had wronged or hurt. They all live in the same apartment block, all with a past and through the letters they are given a future.