Reading Group



Dear Readers and Writers  
                                                                               August '21
The 207th monthly meeting of the Swindon Artswords Reading Group took place on the evening of 13th July, via Zoom!

We reflected, briefly, on the effects on our lives of restrictions to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and its variants; and also, even more briefly, on what will be most remembered about the exploits of the England football team. 

But, of course, talk chiefly was about July’s book, Transcription by Kate Atkinson. Comments ranged from ‘Clever, enjoyable, even comic’ to ‘flat, silly, and something of a plod’. 

We made time to discuss and confirm books we’d like to read and talk about from September ’21 to July ’22 inclusive. 

The books that made the final cut are all available from Swindon Libraries, as checked and confirmed by Anne B, to whom many thanks.  

Here are the ten chosen titles, times, and dates. 

Note. As things stand, we expect to meet, from September onwards, as a live grouptogether, at Lower Shaw Farm, unless prevented by any new restrictions. 

7.30pm Tuesday 14th September – The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion.
A geneticist devises a project to find the perfect partner . . . and gets a particular result . . .

7.30pm Tuesday 12th October – The Salt Path by Raynor Winn.
The walk of a lifetime and its unexpected rewards.

7.30pm Tuesday 16th November – Talking to My Daughter About the Economy by Yannis Varoufakis. A story of economics, the most important drama of our times. 

7.30pm Tuesday 14th  December – The Grass is Singing by Doris Lessing. More than just farming in South Africa.

7.30pm Tuesday 18th January – The Shepherd's Life by James Rebanks.
What it says on the cover, in the Lake District.

7.30pm Tuesday 15th February – Wanting by Richard Flannigan.
Reckoned to be ‘a meditation on the ways in which desire - and its denial - shape our lives. . . ‘

7.30pm Tuesday 15th March - This Thing of Darkness by Harry Thompson. Darwin, HMS Beagle, and a story of friendship, triumph, and disaster. 

7.30pm Tuesday 19th April - A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar by Suzanne Joinson. The past, the present, and a great jurney.

7.30pm Tuesday 7th June - The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters.
A crumbling Georgian house reveals its secrets.

7.30pm Tuesday 12th July - The Radleys by Matt Haig.
Ordinary family life changes, drastically!

All meetings are held at Lower Shaw Farm, West Swindon, SN5 5PJ or via Zoom. 

Note. This is not a members-only reading club. It’s simply a group made up of people who like reading and talking about what they read. Anyone and everyone is welcome!

If there is anything else you need to know, please do not hesitate to get in touch. 

Happy reading and late-summer greetings!

Matt Holland 
01793 771080