Archive for November 2nd, 2009

The link between books and squirrels…



My new best friend...

Books are great. I always suspected it but now it’s really being tested. My extended stay with the NHS continues, with every day very much like the last and not really able to do, well, anything except sitting down activities and there’s only so much Loose Women a girl can take. So I am racing through stories like there’s no tomorrow and have found some gems- Lorrie Moore, Zoe Heller, Samantha Harvey and the fabulous Lynn Barber memoir My Education, which the New Writing North girls got signed for me when she appeared with Nick Hornby at the Durham Book Festival (I never thought i’d be wished “Get Well” by Nick and Lynn…). Some really great reads and lots of ideas for future book groups! I’ve even managed to track down a fellow book lover and we are already operating an informal book swapping scheme. So it’s only books and the squirrel who lives in the tree outside my window are keeping me sane.


I am missing real life though, and can’t believe I’ve managed to miss both Lionel Shriver and Durham Book Festival. The report I’ve heard are all very positive though- I’d love to hear what you thought if you made it along (comment below!!). I’m also keen to hear what you’re making of A Perfectly Good Family– it seems like a while since I read it now but please let me know!

A reminder, as well, that the book group date for November has changed- the meeting is next week, Thursday 12th at 6pm in Cafe Roco. Lovely Liv will be hosting so treat her well! xxx


About the group

Sunderland Book Group meets on the third Wednesday of every month at 6pm at Holmeside Coffee in Sunderland.

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