The Secret of Nightingale Wood

We were spoilt rotten at the last meeting as we were visited by Ryan Gattis (All Involved) and Chris Mold (Pocket Pirate series, A Boy Called Christmas & the soon to be published The Girl who Saved Christmas).

Interesting, exciting and entertaining, thank you Ryan and Chris for a fabulous evening.

And for those who came Leilah has this message:

I just want to say a big thank you to all of you who came and made Ryan Gattis and Chris Mould feel so welcome. I know that we took over a bit more of your time than usual, but I am so grateful for your kindness to these two heroes of mine!

The main two choices for this month were The Secret of Nightingale Wood by Lucy Strange followed by The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro.

The other choices can be found in October’s Alternative Reads.

For Wednesday’s attendees all reserved copies have been put aside, but if you couldn’t make it, let Leilah know if you’d like order either book. Tell the Waterstones Doncaster staff member that you’re with the book club, and they should know to take off the extra pound, disclaimer.

The next meeting will be on Wednesday 16th November, 5.25pm for 5.45pm.

The Secret of Nightingale Wood, Lucy Strange

The Secret of Nightingale Wood by Lucy Strange

It is the summer of 1919 when Henrietta Abott (Henry for short) and her family – Mama, Father, Nanny Jane and her baby sister who everyone calls Piglet – move to Hope House. Tragic events have left the family fragile, hoping the new house will bring with it the fresh start they all so desperately need.

But Mama is ill and when Henry’s father takes a job abroad the family is left under the care of Doctor Hardy, a man Henry doesn’t trust. As Doctor Hardy exerts more control over the family Henry finds herself drawn-in by the house – its secret stairways, hidden doors, unexplained sounds and shadows in the candle’s guttering flame.

Then there is the mysterious firelight that glows in the distant trees beyond the garden, in the close-knit darkness of Nightingale Wood. What Henry finds there will change her whole world forever.

This thrilling debut is a chills-down-your-spine ghost story with a richly involving secret at its heart. With overtones of classic children’s mysteries like Moonfleet and Tom’s Midnight Garden this is a book to savor as the night draws in.

Published: 06/10/2016

Publisher: Chicken House Ltd

ISBN: 9781910655030

The Buried Giant, Kazuo Ishiguro

The Buried Giant - Kazuo Ishiguro

The extraordinary new novel from the author of Never Let Me Go and the Booker Prize winning The Remains of the Day.

The Romans have long since departed, and Britain is steadily declining into ruin. But at least the wars that once ravaged the country have ceased.

The Buried Giant begins as a couple, Axl and Beatrice, set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen for years.

They expect to face many hazards – some strange and other-worldly – but they cannot yet foresee how their journey will reveal to them dark and forgotten corners of their love for one another.

Sometimes savage, often intensely moving, Kazuo Ishiguro’s first novel in a decade is about lost memories, love, revenge and war.

Published: 28/01/2016

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 9780571315079