Reading Force Book of the month…

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Do you have a book you would like to be Book of the Month?

We’d love to share your favourite books and give other readers some ideas on books they might enjoy.

They can be children’s or adults’ titles, and we’d love to feature your favourite books.

Email hattie@readingforce.org.uk with your suggestion for book of the month and tell us what it’s about.

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March 2021

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

This has apparently been the fastest-selling debut crime novel in the history of British publishing: the author is well-known from his appearances on BBC Countdown. The setting is really original – a group within a residential community for the elderly who have a weekly get-together to solve crimes. They emerge as sprightly and fun, and one of the most enjoyable aspects of the book is the sense it offers of what lively places these can be. As a crime novel, however, I found the machinations of the various suspects both too complicated and unconvincing. Murder-mysteries can offer a really satisfying read – we are taken into a complete world, and all the ends are tied up. While Osman may give reader a taste for further adventures, for me this is not a patch on PD James, Val McDermid, Dorothy L Sayers or Agatha Christie.

  • A celebration of life in residential accommodation for the elderly – and it looks far more fun than you may have imagined
  • This is your chance to think about how you might end up using the skills accumulated over a lifetime. I enjoyed the backstories of all the characters.

Chosen by Alison Baverstock

February 2021

The Island, Victoria Hislop

This book has sold 5 million copies and, although published ten years ago, continues to attract new readers. Right now, it feels startlingly relevant as it’s about a group of residents on an island to which they are banished because of their leprosy.

It’s a well told story of small-community gossip, local intrigue and long-term relationships, where no amount of good luck or monetary privilege can hide who you really are from those who live alongside. Hislop is a born story-teller and I found it absorbing. This was my first experience of her writing; several other books are now available.

  • If you’ve ever holidayed on a Greek island, this is a great way to learn about what life was – and is – like there all year round, from temperature and food to relations with the mainland
  • Living in a close community requires tolerance and generosity. How would you cope?

Chosen by Alison Baverstock