Reading Group


Dear Reader                                                                                                    December 2019
The 194th monthly meeting of the Swindon Artswords Reading Group took place on the evening of 10th December.
We talked about The Warden by Anthony Trollope. Most people loved it, saying things like this. He ‘writes so beautifully’; ‘so gentle and kind’; ‘all life unfolding’; reading it was ‘like taking a warm bath’. A minority found it somewhat less enjoyable and insufficiently disturbing. 
We made time to suggest, consider, and choose titles for next year, from a wish list and a library list of their readers’ groups sets, as a result of group member Anne’s good work with the Swindon Libraries’ stockist. This means that anyone signing up and paying £12.50 per year can get their book from a set provided by the library for members of our reading group. To sign up or if anything’s not clear, please contact Anne on 
Here’s list for first half of 2020!
7.30pm Tuesday 21st January – Unreliable Memoir by Clive James.  A bestseller, this classic memoir, by a late national treasure, is a celebration of life in all its unpredictable glory.
7.30pm Tuesday 18th February – Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh.  Sent down from Oxford for indecent behaviour, Paul becomes a schoolmaster. Farce unfolds!
 7.30pm Tuesday 17th MarchMilkman by Anna Burns. In this Booker Prize winner, to  be interesting is to be noticed, and to be noticed is dangerous . . .  
7.30pm Tuesday 21st April – Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. Nothing is missing from Eleanor’s carefully timetabled life, except, sometimes, everything. Can change be good, bad, fine . . . ?
7.30pm Tuesday 23rd June – The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota. Sweeping between India and England, and between childhood and the present day, here is a story of dignity in the face of adversity. 
7.30pm Tuesday 21st July – How to be Both by Ali Smith. A novel about art's versatility in which two tales of love and injustice twist into a singular yarn. 
  All meetings are held at Lower Shaw Farm, Shaw, West Swindon, SN5   5PJ. 
The cost is £2 per session. 
If there is anything else you need to know, please do not hesitate to get in touch. 
Happy reading and season’s greetings!
Matt Holland 
01793 771080