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Silversurfers Book Club Winter 2020/21

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 Winter 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.

Away with the Penguins by Hazel Prior

Book Synopsis

Veronica McCreedy is what’s known as a ‘character’ – although if you called the 85-year-old that to her face she’d have you for breakfast. Spirited Veronica doesn’t suffer fools, but she is uncharacteristically uncertain when it comes to making her will and deciding who should inherit. As a distraction she travels to the Antarctic – solo – to look at penguins. And so, Veronica’s last and greatest adventure begins.

A Conspiracy of Bones by Kathy Reichs 

Book Synopsis

Reichs’s forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan is the heroine of a long-running, addictive crime thriller series. This one is as gripping as always; a picture if a faceless corpse turns up on Tempe’s mobile phone, and we’re off into a dark world of internet conspiracy theories and their connection to disturbing child abduction cases. As clever as ever.

Mum & Dad by Joanna Trollope

Book Synopsis

A fabulous inter-generational drama spot on with insights into the petty resentments, jealousies and sibling rivalry that exist in almost all families. Grandparents Gus and Monica have lived in Spain for 25 years; when Gus has a stroke and can’t run his vineyard alone, their three adult children must decide what to do about granny and grandpa.

Fifty Fifty by Steve Cavanagh

Book Synopsis

TWO SISTERS ON TRIAL FOR MURDER. THEY ACCUSE EACH OTHER. WHO DO YOU BELIEVE? ‘911 what’s your emergency?’ ‘My dad’s dead. My sister Sofia killed him. She’s still in the house. Please send help.’ ‘My dad’s dead. My sister Alexandra killed him. She’s still in the house. Please send help.’ One of them is a liar and a killer. But which one? ******** Your favourite authors LOVE Fifty-Fifty, the follow-up to the bestselling novel Thirteen: ‘A terrific writer. He has talent to burn.’ Don Winslow ‘Trust me – it will keep you guessing until the very end.’ Ian Rankin ‘Unpredictable, daring and completely compelling. Top notch writing.’ Alex North ‘Very clever, darkly funny, moving, fast-paced.’ Jane Casey ‘Steve Cavanagh writes the best hooks in the business’ Mick Herron ‘Absolutely brilliant. Addictive, clever, pacy. Eddie Flynn is one of my heroes.’ Jo Spain ‘Intelligent, sophisticated and tense.’ Mari Hannah

Tidelands by Philippa Gregory

Book Synopsis

Tidelands is a gripping and intelligent portrait of a woman fighting to survive in a hostile world’ THE TIMES THE BRAND NEW SERIES FROM THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING AUTHOR England 1648. A dangerous time for a woman to be different . . . Midsummer’s Eve, 1648, and England is in the grip of civil war between renegade King and rebellious Parliament. The struggle reaches every corner of the kingdom, even to the remote Tidelands – the marshy landscape of the south coast. Alinor, a descendant of wise women, crushed by poverty and superstition, waits in the graveyard under the full moon for a ghost who will declare her free from her abusive husband. Instead she meets James, a young man on the run, and shows him the secret ways across the treacherous marsh, not knowing that she is leading disaster into the heart of her life. Suspected of possessing dark secrets in superstitious times, Alinor’s ambition and determination mark her out from her neighbours. This is the time of witch-mania, and Alinor, a woman without a husband, skilled with herbs, suddenly enriched, arouses envy in her rivals and fear among the villagers, who are ready to take lethal action into their own hands. ‘The first in a planned series . . .

Elizabethans by Andrew Marr

Book Synopsis

David Attenborough. Marcus Rashford. Jan Morris. Diana Dors. Bob Geldof. David Olusoga. Elizabeth David. Zaha Hadid. Frank Crichlow. Quentin Crisp. Dusty Springfield. Captain Tom.

Who made modern Britain the country it is today? How do we sum up the kind of people we are? What does it mean to be the new Elizabethans?

In this wonderfully told history, spanning back to when Queen Elizabeth became queen in 1953, Andrew Marr traces the people who have made Britain the country it is today. From the activists to the artists, the sports heroes to the innovators, these people pushed us forward, changed the conversation, encouraged us to eat better, to sing, think and to protest. They got things done. How will our generation be remembered in a hundred years’ time? And when you look back at Britain’s toughest moments in the past seventy years, what do you learn about its people and its values?

In brilliantly entertaining style and with unexpected insights into some of our sung and unsung heroes, Andrew Marr offers up a first draft of the history we are all living. This is our story as the new Elizabethans – the story of how 1950s Britain evolved into the diverse country we live in today. In short, it is the history of modern Britain.

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

 

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Catton
19th Feb 2021
0
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Steve Cavanagh's book 50/50 was really good.
It got me thinking as to who committed the murder and how. I have since read The Liar which is good also.
Tidelands was okay but I hear the follow up Dark Tides is better.
Looking forward to reading Andrew Marr's book.
Sandshoe
17th Feb 2021
0
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The book Away with the Penguins by Hazel Prior is a lovely read. I really enjoyed it the 85 year old lady, Mrs McCreedy in it is amazing..x

I also enjoyed Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce, great twist at the end x

The Dressmaker's Gift, Fiona Valpy was a great read too.. happy reading xx
LillianF
19th Feb 2021
0
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I loved that book as well. Excellent reading
eastwood
12th Feb 2021
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Hi all. Just read fifty fifty. I found it a excellent page turning read.
Brio2
4th Feb 2021
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I found Tidelands a compelling read and followed it up by reading the sequel Dark Tides. I found the style of writing created a sense of time and place and allowed one to learn some key factual historical events with the fictional story.

My favourite genre is historical fiction and I have in recent months read all eleven books of the Sir John Fielding mysteries written by Bruce Alexander. The text is written in the spoken style of the 1700's and I found myself totally absorbed into life in London around Bow Street and the City of Westminster at this time. While the mysteries are fictional Sir John Fielding is an historical figure who was a Blind Magistrate known for his ability to carry out his duties in the Bow Street court with fairness and insight.
Doghappy
21st Jan 2021
0
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Just finished Fifty Fifty by Steve Cavanagh.
I enjoy his Eddie Flynn series of books.
PatriciaP48
16th Jan 2021
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I am half way through reading ..Away with the Penguins..it's really entertaining...Veronica is a strong old lady who knows exactly what she wants...will speak again when I have finished it....
chari
13th Jan 2021
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I am disappointed to see only one online bookseller promoted here. There are so many uk based online services that people could use. That said I would love to hear recommendations for some decnt detective/who done it titles. last ones I thoroughly enjoyed were the Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny.
cash34
16th Jan 2021
-1
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I have thoroughly enjoyed David Bradwell's books. Fortunately I have read them in order.... because I'm on his mailing list so know when the next one is being released.
Janinebell
2nd Jan 2021
0
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I usually enjoy Phillips Gregory’s books but Tideland, for me, was very dull. When you read the synopsis you feel that the story will draw you in to the depth of how this woman is persecuted. I did read to the end but felt there should have been more
Sallyallman
29th Dec 2020
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Finished ‘A Conspiracy of Bones’. I do like KR’s books and I always learn a couple of new words I wonder where Dr Brennan will go next and if her relationship with Ryan develops further. As always the situations and places described do make you wonder if evens like those described do happen more than we realise. Thoroughly good read
Sallyallman
14th Dec 2020
0
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Just finished 50:50. Goodness, a compelling read even though the killer talked freely about the victim(s). I liked this book.
TheEscapee3108
11th Dec 2020
0
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Hello fellow booklovers, are recommendations from this list to read first??? Just re-joined after a period of doing other stuff ...

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