Our three books groups seem to get through a sizeable library each year and many will be of interest to a wider audience. A few of the ‘road tested’ books for summer reading are listed below.
" The Muse " by Jessie Burton. This was her second book following "The Miniaturist". The book is partly set in the region around Malaga and also London and there was some discussion as to which of several female characters was "The Muse"!
"Cutting for Stone" by Abraham Verghese. This is a 500+ pager set in a Ethiopian Mission hospital and towards the end of the book moves to America. For anyone who loves books set in Africa about families and medical matters it's for you. It's a long read but easy to pick up and set down ideal for holiday reading.
"Beneath a Scarlet Sky" by Mark Sullian as a real page-turner for a few days of leisurely holiday reading. This is based on a real life story about a young Italian man who was commandeered as chauffeur to a German general during the Italian occupation in 1944/45."The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao" by Martha Batalha. This is translated from the Portuguese and is described on the cover as a wickedly funny tale of two rebellious sisters in 1940's Rio de Janeiro.
Other recommendations include "A Place Called Winter" by Patrick Gale; "Restoration" by Rose Tremain and "This Must Be the Place" by Maggie O'Farrell. Rarely do books read by the groups receive unanimous approval and these three were no exception but the balance of opinion was in favour and all are worth a recommendation.