Activity Group:

Book Worms


For people who love reading and discussing interesting books.

Where and when

Baptist Church, Second Tuesday 2.30pm

Contact details

Louise Elsome 07740 572956


Bookworms – June 2024

The group continues to enjoy a wide range of genres from different settings and times in history, often leading to discussions beyond the confines of the novel. ‘The Fair Botanists’ by Sara Sheridan was our choice for June, and it transported us to Edinburgh in 1882, just as the city’s Botanic Garden was preparing to move to its … Read more

Bookworms – May 2024

Our May book choice, ‘The Queen of Dirt Island’ by Donal Ryan, is set in rural Ireland in the early 1980s when people’s opportunities to live and work beyond their immediate community were few and far between.It’s in Nenagh, County Tipperary, where three, and later four, generations of the Aylward women live. Despite suffering tragic losses and being at … Read more

Bookworms April 2024

Despite a lower than normal turnout, our April book choice, ‘Horse’ by Geraldine Brooks, provoked a long and lively discussion due to the many themes woven into the story, many of which are real historical events.The book is mainly set in two time zones, 1850s Kentucky and Washington DC in 2019, and the author links both eras seamlessly by … Read more

Bookworms – March 2024

‘The Offing’ by Benjamin Myers, our March book choice, is set in north-east England shortly after World War 2. It is a ‘coming of age’ story featuring Robert Appleyard, a sixteen year old living in a mining community near Durham. It’s summer and he can’t wait to be rid of school to set out on a … Read more

Bookworms – February 2024

Our February book choice, ‘Grey Bees’ by Andrey Kurkov,  took us to Ukraine after Russia’s capture of Crimea in 2014. The story focuses on Sergey Sergeyich and his life in the ‘grey zone’, the area between which the Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists are fighting. Most inhabitants of the ‘grey zone’ left at the start … Read more

Bookworms – January 2024

The ‘Bookworms’ group has been busy planning book choices for 2024 and, with each member choosing a month, we’re already organised up to July. We started the new year with a Robert Harris novel, ‘Pompeii’, a fictional account of the two days leading up to Vesuvius’ eruption and the disastrous aftermath. The event is seen through the eyes … Read more

Bookworms – December 2023

For December, the group chose two very contrasting novels – ‘Silas Marner’ by George Eliot and ‘Skipping Christmas’ by John Grisham. ‘Silas Marner’ is a book which some of us read either at school or university and, for most group members, it was refreshing to revisit this classic. Although the language took a little getting used to, the craft of … Read more

Bookworms – November 2023

Another American novel, ‘Demon Copperhead’ by Barbara Kingsolver, was our book of choice for November. Having won the ‘Pulitzer Prize for Fiction’ and the ‘Women’s Prize for Fiction’ in 2023, it had a formidable reputation to live up to. The story draws inspiration from ‘David Copperfield’ by Charles Dickens and group members familiar with this classic saw … Read more

Bookworms – October 2023

At our October meeting we welcomed a new member, John, and had almost a full house for our discussion on ‘Lessons in Chemistry’ by Bonnie Garmus. The title may be off-putting for those, like me, who had hoped to leave all memories of the Periodic Table behind, but the novel turned out to be anything but dull. The … Read more

Bookworms – September 2023

What if Churchill had surrendered to Nazi Germany after Dunkirk? This was the scenario to our September book choice, ‘Dominion’ by CJ Sansom, a thriller set in an alternative post-war Britain in the early 1950s when British people find themselves under dark authoritarian rule. While some accept, and even support the regime, there are others working with … Read more