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Silversurfers Book Club Autumn 2020

Welcome to the Silversurfers Book Club!

Each season we share a selection of popular book titles and new releases which you may like to read as part of our Silversurfers Book Club.

How and when you read is up to you; you can choose to read them on a tablet or an actual paperback, and you can read them in your own time.

When you’ve finished reading, join us in the comments section below this post and write a review of the book and share your feedback with others who have read along too.

To get you started, below are some suggested titles to kick off the new Autumn 2020 Silversurfers Book Club Season… Simply select the title you would like to read, and if you would like to buy it or download it for your Kindle or other tablets, there is a link next to the book title, which will direct you to Amazon, making it simple for you to buy.

Alternatively, you may wish to buy the book elsewhere, or borrow it from your local library.

SIMPLY CLICK ON THE IMAGE OF THE BOOK YOU FANCY AND YOU WILL BE DIRECTED TO THE BOOK ON AMAZON … most titles are around £6 to purchase and less on a Kindle!

If you have previously read another book and would like to recommend it as a future read for the Silversurfers book club, feel free to leave the title and author in the comments section, with a brief synopsis, and your review.

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

 

Book Synopsis

I was at lunch, this is two or three months ago, and it must have been a Monday, because it was shepherd’s pie. Elizabeth said she could see that I was eating, but wanted to ask me a question about knife wounds, if it wasn’t inconvenient?

I said, ‘Not at all, of course, please,’ or words to that effect. I won’t always remember everything exactly, I might as well tell you that now. So she opened a manila folder, and I saw some typed sheets and the edges of what looked like old photographs. Then she was straight into it.

Elizabeth asked me to imagine that a girl had been stabbed with a knife. I asked what sort of knife she  had been stabbed with, and Elizabeth said probably just a normal kitchen knife. John Lewis. She didn’t say that, but that was what I pictured.

In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet up once a week to investigate unsolved killings.

But when a local property developer shows up dead, ‘The Thursday Murder Club’ find themselves in the middle of their first live case.

The four friends, Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron, might be octogenarians, but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves. Can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer, before it’s too late?

The Confession by Jessie Burton

 

Book Synopsis

When Elise Morceau meets the writer Constance Holden, she quickly falls under her spell. Connie is sophisticated, bold and alluring – everything Elise feels she is not. She follows Connie to LA, but in this city of strange dreams and razzle-dazzle, Elise feels even more out of her depth and makes an impulsive decision that will change her life forever.

Three decades later, Rose Simmons is trying to uncover the story of her mother, who disappeared when she was a baby. Having learned that the last person to see her was a now reclusive novelist, Rose finds herself at the door of Constance Holden’s house in search of a confession . . .

The Guest List by Lucy Foley

 

Book Synopsis

A REMOTE ISLAND. AN INVITATION TO DIE FOR.

On an island off the windswept Irish coast, guests gather for the wedding of the year – the marriage of Jules Keegan and Will Slater.

Old friends.
Past grudges.

Happy families.
Hidden jealousies.

Thirteen guests.
One body.

The wedding cake has barely been cut when one of the guests is found dead. And as a storm unleashes its fury on the island, everyone is trapped.

All have a secret. All have a motive. One guest won’t leave this wedding alive…

A gripping, twisty murder mystery thriller from the No.1 bestselling author of The Hunting Party.

Those Who Are Loved by Victoria Hislop

Book Synopsis

Those Who Are Loved is set against the backdrop of the German occupation of Greece, the subsequent civil war and a military dictatorship, all of which left deep scars.

Themis is part of a family bitterly divided by politics and, as a young woman, her fury with those who have collaborated with the Nazis, drives her to fight for the communists.  She is eventually imprisoned on the notorious islands of exile, Makronisos and Trikeri, and has to make a life or death decision. She is proud of having fought, but for the rest of her life is haunted by some of her actions. Forty years after the end of the civil war, she finally achieves catharsis.

Victoria Hislop sheds light on the complexity of Greece’s traumatic past and weaves it into the dynamic tale of a woman who is both hero and villain, and her lifelong fight for justice.

Sweet Sorrow by David Nicholls

Book Synopsis

One life-changing summer
Charlie meets Fran…

In 1997, Charlie Lewis is the kind of boy you don’t remember in the school photograph. His exams have not gone well. At home he is looking after his father, when surely it should be the other way round, and if he thinks about the future at all, it is with a kind of dread.

Then Fran Fisher bursts into his life and despite himself, Charlie begins to hope.

But if Charlie wants to be with Fran, he must take on a challenge that could lose him the respect of his friends and require him to become a different person. He must join the Company. And if the Company sounds like a cult, the truth is even more appalling.

The price of hope, it seems, is Shakespeare.

Poignant, funny, enchanting, devastating, Sweet Sorrow is a tragicomedy about the rocky path to adulthood and the confusion of family life, a celebration of the reviving power of friendship and that brief, searing explosion of first love that can only be looked at directly after it has burned out.

The Lightless Sky by Gulwali Passarlay – Editors Top Pick

Book Synopsis

A Twelve-Year-Old Refugee’s Extraordinary Journey Across Half the World

After his father and grandfather were killed by U.S. troops for allegedly cooperating with the Taliban, Gulwali Passarlay fled Afghanistan with his brother in the middle of the night, with only a hastily packed rucksack and little more than 200 dollars in his pocket. He was twelve years old, and this is his story.

The first book to tell the modern refugee crisis from a firsthand perspective, The Lightless Sky is an unforgettable chronicle of Gulwali’s yearlong odyssey from Afghanistan to England, during which he traveled more than 12,000 miles, escaped internment in Turkey and Bulgaria, and negotiated passage with shadowy agents in the smuggling trade. Told in unflinching and memorable detail, The Lightless Sky is at once an utterly absorbing personal history and a stunning testament to the power of the human spirit; the triumph of faith, courage, and determination; and the undeniable universal right to life, liberty, and security of person.

ENJOY YOUR READING AND DON’T FORGET WE’D LOVE TO READ YOUR VIEWS BELOW … HAPPY READING!

 

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Javea
2nd Oct 2020
0
Thanks for voting!
Must read American Dirt gripping from the start!
CyndiB
2nd Oct 2020
1
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What about some Icelandic thrillers and other Scandi- thrillers. It may be a bit tongue twisting getting round the names but it doesn't spoil the storylines.
Mari50
22nd Sep 2020
0
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Can you please add some historical novels? I also really like the Janet Evanovich books with Steph as the lead. Not for people who have no sense of humour. The problem is, I never know when there will be a new book out. I really like the Grandmother and would like to be like her if I had the guts.
[email protected]
20th Sep 2020
1
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Recently read the Thursday Murder Club - well worth the read! Can imagine this happening in old folks homes 🙂
the3scots
18th Sep 2020
0
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I started The Guest List this week, but struggling to get into it. I will persevere for a few more chapters though.
Betts80
1 days ago
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I just finished The Guest List and enjoyed it although ending was a little unsettling. I do remember a couple of slow spots but I thought it worth the time.
lola2600
18th Sep 2020
2
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I have just read The Thursday Murder Club in one sitting, I literally couldn’t put it down! I’m a regular reader of mysteries so I’d like to think I’m “clued up” and I did have an inkling of one aspect of the mystery almost immediately. However I found the possible suspects all quite feasible and it was only towards the end that I realised who but still not why. The clues are all there if only one can see them and it is a very well plotted story. I found the characters extremely well written and defined and I could see them in my mind fleshed out and believable. There is a good mix of gentle humour and also the sadness which is inevitable in the “twilight years”. I found myself wanting to move to Cooper’s Chase immediately! I wholeheartedly recommend this book, for a first novel it is excellent and I can’t wait for the next!
MargaretFox
18th Sep 2020
0
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How about some light hearted and humorous s books. Also some Biographies/Autobiographies
DianeMarg
18th Sep 2020
0
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I read the Guest List by Lucy Foley a few weeks ago and thoroughly enjoyed it - kept me guessing until the end. Also enjoyed the Hunting Party Her previous book
DawnW69
14th Sep 2020
0
Thanks for voting!
Please could you do some horror books
Ceri Jones
13th Sep 2020
1
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please can i recommend rubbernecker, belinda bauer.
excellent book grabs you from the start , few years old but excellent would love to share it
smurfette42
13th Sep 2020
0
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Would highly recommend The Blue Bench by Paul Marriner.
wallers2
13th Sep 2020
0
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write your comments here... I enjoyed Those Who are Loved by Victoria Hislop. Couldn’t put it down.
Happygal7
12th Sep 2020
0
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I have read " The Confession" by Jessie Burton & would highly recommend it. In addition, it was serialised on Radio 4 in October 2019. I started listening to part of it & then had to order the book from my local library - excellent!

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