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Silversurfers Book Club – Summer 2013

Welcome to the Silversurfers Book Club!

Each season we will share a selection of popular book titles and new releases which you may like to read.  You can choose to read them on a tablet or as a paperback, and you can read them in your own time.  As and when you are ready, it would be great if you could write a review of the book at the bottom of our comments section and share your feedback with all who have read and reviewed them on Silversurfers, and give it a star rating from 1-5.

Below are six suggested titles to kick off the new Summer 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 tablet, there is a link in the book title and image, 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 you local library.

SIMPLY CLICK ON THE IMAGE OF THE BOOK YOU FANCY AND YOU WILL BE DIRECTED TO THE BOOK ON AMAZON

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

 

AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED BY: KHALED HOSSEINI

 

Afghanistan, 1952. Abdullah and his sister Pari live with their father and stepmother in the small village of Shadbagh. Their father, Saboor, is constantly in search of work and they struggle together through poverty and brutal winters. To Abdullah, Pari – as beautiful and sweet-natured as the fairy for which she was named – is everything. More like a parent than a brother, Abdullah will do anything for her, even trading his only pair of shoes for a feather for her treasured collection. Each night they sleep together in their cot, their heads touching, their limbs tangled.

One day the siblings journey across the desert to Kabul with their father. Pari and Abdullah have no sense of the fate that awaits them there, for the event which unfolds will tear their lives apart; sometimes a finger must be cut to save the hand.

Crossing generations and continents, moving from Kabul, to Paris, to San Francisco, to the Greek island of Tinos, with profound wisdom, depth, insight and compassion, Khaled Hosseini writes about the bonds that define us and shape our lives, the ways in which we help our loved ones in need, how the choices we make resonate through history and how we are often surprised by the people closest to us.

 

IN RED WEATHER BY: LIZA KLAUSSMANN

 

Nick and her cousin Helena have grown up together, sharing long hot summers at Tiger House. With husbands and children of their own, they keep returning. But against a background of parties, cocktails, moonlight and jazz, how long can perfection last? There is always the summer that changes everything.

 

THE UNIVERSE VERSUS ALEX WOODS BY: GAVIN EXTENCE

 

 A tale of an unexpected friendship, an unlikely hero and an improbable journey… This novel might just strike you as one of the funniest, most heartbreaking novels you’ve ever read.

This is the story of seventeen-year-old Alex Woods – born to a clairvoyant mother and a phantom father, victim of an improbable childhood accident – who is stopped at Dover customs in possession of 113 grams of marijuana and the ashes of his best friend, Vietnam veteran Isaac Peterson. What follows is a highly original and compelling account of Alex’s life and the strange series of events that brought him here.

 

THE SEA CHANGE BY: JOANNA ROSSITER

 

The Sea Change by Joanna Rossiter is a haunting and moving novel about a mother and a daughter, caught between a tsunami and a war.

Yesterday was Alice’s wedding day. She is thousands of miles away from the home she is so desperate to leave, on the southernmost tip of India, when she wakes in the morning to see a wave on the horizon, taller than the height of her guest house on Kanyakumari beach. Her husband is nowhere to be seen.

On the other side of the world, unhappily estranged from her daughter, is Alice’s mother, Violet. Forced to leave the idyllic Wiltshire village, Imber, in which she grew up after it was requisitioned by the army during the Second World War, Violet is haunted by the shadow of the man she loved and the wilderness of a home that lies in ruins.

As Alice searches for her husband in the debris of the wave she is forced to face up to some truths about herself she has been hiding from. Meanwhile Violet is compelled to return to Imber to discover just why she abandoned her great love . . .

‘A great theme: impermanence, and the sweeping away of everything we believed was certain. Joanna Rossiter really shines with lovely, fluid, restrained writing. This is such a moving story ‘ Helen Dunmore

Joanna Rossiter grew up in Dorset and studied English at Cambridge University before working as a researcher in the House of Commons and as a copy writer. In 2011 she completed an MA in Writing at Warwick University. The Sea Change is her first novel. She lives and writes in London.

 

THE FEVER TREE BY: JENNIFER McVEIGH 

 

1880, South Africa – a land torn apart by greed…

Frances Irvine, left penniless after her father’s sudden death, is forced to emigrate to the Cape. In this barren country, she meets two very different men – one driven by ambition, the other by ideals. When a smallpox outbreak sends her to the diamond mines, she is drawn into a ruthless world of greed and exploitation, of human lives crushed in the scramble for power. But here – at last – she sees her path to happiness. Torn between passion and integrity, she makes a choice that has devastating consequences…

‘Place and people come alive in this book… a gripping story’ Kim Edwards, author of The Memory Keeper’s Daughter

‘I loved it. It’s a beautifully written novel of great feeling’ Rachel Hore, best-selling author of The Place of Secrets

‘Engrossing, emotionally poised and elegantly written – I absolutely loved it’ Vanora Bennett, author of The People’s Queen

‘A compelling read with a Gone with the Wind feel to it – I was hooked’ Katharine McMahon, author of The Alchemist’s Daughter

‘An epic story of love, deception and courage’ Patricia Wastvedt, author of The German Boy

Jennifer McVeigh graduated from Oxford University in 2002 with a First in English Literature. She went on to work in film, television, radio and publishing, before giving up her day job to write fiction. She has travelled across East Africa and South Africa, often in off-road vehicles, driving and camping along the way. The Fever Tree is her first novel.

 

GONE GIRL BY: GILLIAN FLYNN

 

‘What are you thinking, Amy?’ The question I’ve asked most often during our marriage, if not out loud, if not to the person who could answer. I suppose these questions stormcloud over every marriage: ‘What are you thinking? How are you feeling? Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do?’ Just how well can you ever know the person you love? This is the question that Nick Dunne must ask himself on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy’s friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn’t true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren’t his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what really did happen to Nick’s beautiful wife? And what was in that half-wrapped box left so casually on their marital bed? In this novel, marriage truly is the art of war…

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Rose Stephens
22nd May 2014
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Minology by Mark Murphy Avery enjoyable read . Its all about The Min- They are what make you tick, A world of mini creatures living in the body. They are what wake you up , sleep eat, walk, talk , pretty much every thing . This story is all about Central Head Where all the laws are made . _ I enjoyed this book , its a very clever Refreshing read , - There is a web site MINOLOGY . Where you can read the first chapter . Please visit the web site ,its pretty and you will be pleasantly surprise . PS. Its a book for teens and much,. much older
ian
7th May 2014
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Try S.C.U.M.S. by ian Maber available on Kindle. It will bring back those fun days of school in the 60's

The kids are real characters with a simple but effective outlook on life!
Jennifer Narcisi
10th Aug 2013
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I have just finished reading Khaled Husseini book And the mountains echoed. I found the story was deeply informative of the struggles of Afghanistan. The interaction of family ties , tradition and memories is touching and heartlifting. Sometimes very complex, but very interesting.
Silverhairs
11th Aug 2013
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Thanks Jennifer for you review ...
tearsofbloodinmyheart
2nd Aug 2013
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thank you....it's library day today so i'll see if they have a copy of 'and the mountains echoed'
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I read 'Gone Girl' so much hype recently about this book and tbh before i read it i thought mybe it was YA....i felt it straddled the line been ok and very good which means it lacked depth i can see how it could be so much darker and yes depraved but for me it felt as though the author was reluctant to push the envelope.

basically it's a story of revenge 'you don't love me like i want you too so ...well....maybe we'll just sort that out, i'll make you love me.......but before you do ....i'll just make things really uncomfortable for you, make someone think you killed me *insert manic laugh*.......' and there that's the premise. the ending is really up the the reader if you like the mind**** story the ending takes you there, but if you're reading this for the thiller/mystery angle then it's weak as water. I think i gave 4 stars on GRs with no review.
Silverhairs
1st Aug 2013
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Thanks for this review 🙂
Dorothy Nicholls
17th Jul 2013
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I have read pilgrim of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce very good reading funny and sad a book you will not put down.It is Rachael first book now she has just released a second one called Perfect I have purchased from Amazon looking forward to another good read would recommend.
Nasha
16th Jun 2013
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I have just started Girl Gone .. enjoying the thriller so far ... will review it when I have finished
Nasha
16th Jun 2013
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Hosseini's new novel is a unique take on narrating a range of differing stories that, very cleverly, interlink. The reader is introduced to a father telling his children a moral based tale of the Div in Chapter One. The Div is an ogre troll type mystical beast who kidnaps a child from a poverty stricken village, taking him to, what turns out to be the Div's paradise home. The father attempts to salvage his son but upon arrival at the Div's palace the father realises his son is living a better life here, and suddenly the father is left with an unthinkable decision; to save his son, and return him to a poverty stricken village where infant mortality is epidemic, or to leave his son and never see him again, accepting that he will live a better life in the Div's palace. At first, I was a little confused by this; however, I later learned that this initial tale is a moral that can be applied to all the characters throughout the novel, and beholds underlying meaning that echoes through the text. One may argue And The Mountains Echoed involves less suspense and sudden shock than both The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns; nevertheless, I personally found this book to be just as, if not more gripping as the intelligent journey the reader is led through involves both turns you would not expect and sudden shockers! Moreover, the novel displays not only the dreadful terror of the ruling Taliban in the places such as Kabul, but also the hardship and poverty other characters face in Hosseini's fictional setting of the rural village, Shadbagh. I would give this a 5 star rating!!
Silverhairs
16th Jun 2013
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Thanks Nasha for your very informative and interesting review! Glad you enjoyed the book! Which one will you read next?
Bud
15th Jun 2013
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Just what I need a book club without leaving home another great idea silver-hairs
Silverhairs
15th Jun 2013
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Thanks Bud! Get reading and reviewing! Hope you like the Book Club mascot!
Eleanor Ford
15th Jun 2013
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Have read And The Mountains Echoed, another brilliant book from Khalid Hosseini, couldn't put it down. If you have read his previous books The Kite Runner & A Thousand Splendid Suns, you will enjoy his latest offering. It's an emotional journey of a brother & sister separated by family circumstances, which spans 60 years. 10 out of 10 Khaled.
Eileen Hook
14th Jul 2013
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Have just bought the book - so looking forward to reading it.
Silverhairs
14th Jul 2013
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We look forward to hearing what you think about it Eileen 🙂
Silverhairs
15th Jun 2013
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Thank you Eleanor .. glad it didn't disappoint, but then after his previous two books, I guess that was unlikely! What book is next on your list? Always love reviews of anything you read ....
Pauline Worsley
28th May 2013
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I've just bought The Universe Versus Alex Woods for my son's 19th birthday present! I thought it was a teen book? Maybe for adults also...I'll sneakily borrow it back from him, and leave a review when I've read it....
Silverhairs
15th Jun 2013
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Thanks Pauline ... that would be great ...
Edyta Martin
27th May 2013
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Silverhairs
27th May 2013
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Thanks Edyta for your review and star rating.
Edyta Martin
27th May 2013
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Ive read Gone Girl and thought it was brilliantly written. Good and quite interesting story but disappointed by the ending.
Eileen Hook
14th Jul 2013
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Have started to read the book - will write review when completed.

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