Black Water Lilies and The Tobacconist

This month Black Water Lilies by Michel Bussi and The Tobacconist by Robert Seethaler were most popular.

We have readers for a couple of the other choices, so please check out March’s alternative reads for the ones not listed.

Any reserved titles have been put aside but if you couldn’t make it, let Leilah know if you’d like order a copy of any 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 19th April, 5.20pm for 5.45pm.


Black Water Lilies, Michel Bussi

Black Water Lilies - Michel Bussi

Waterstones Book of the Month for March 2017

Three women lived in a village
The first was mean, the second was a liar, and the third an egotist.

This is the story of thirteen days that begin with one murder and end with another. Jerome Morval, a man whose passion for art was matched only by his passion for women, has been found dead in the stream that runs through the gardens. In his pocket is a postcard of Monet’s Water Lilies with the words: Eleven years old. Happy Birthday.

Entangled in the mystery are three women: a young painting prodigy, the seductive village schoolteacher and an old widow who watches over the village from a mill by the stream. All three of them share a secret. But what do they know about the discovery of Jerome Morval’s corpse? And what is the connection to the mysterious, rumoured painting of Black Water Lilies?

Published: 02/03/2017
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781474601764


The Tobacconist, Robert Seethaler

The Tobacconist - Robert Seethaler

When seventeen-year-old Franz exchanges his home in the idyllic beauty of the Austrian lake district for the bustle of Vienna, his homesickness quickly dissolves amidst the thrum of the city.

In his role as apprentice to the elderly tobacconist Otto Trsnyek, he will soon be supplying the great and good of Vienna with their newspapers and cigarettes. Among the regulars is a Professor Freud, whose predilection for cigars and occasional willingness to dispense romantic advice will forge a bond between him and young Franz.

It is 1937. In a matter of months Germany will annex Austria and the storm that has been threatening to engulf the little tobacconist will descend, leaving the lives of Franz, Otto and Professor Freud irredeemably changed.

Published: 06/04/2017
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781509806591

Review: Northern lights

Review: Northern lights

4/5 – Very good

A little slow at the beginning but then, the story telling and imagination took over. You enter into a world of fantasy, fear, witches, spiritual happenings. Well written with twists and turns finishing on a cliff hanger and a need to know what happens next, yes I bought the next book in the trilogy with all the promise of being as good as the first book. It is a hood read for adults and older children. Recommend this book.

Maria Bailey

Too close to call this February

Hello to all the new members! You’ll have noticed that we’ve had to put a freeze on new sign-ups as our little book club has become too darn popular. We’re seeing this as temporary, but in the meantime we can add people to a waiting list and anyone can follow along via this site, our Facebook page or via Goodreads.

There was a very close split between book choices this month so all except one were selected, the most popular was Little Deaths by Emma Flint, one of Leilah’s favourites:

I’m thrilled that Little Deaths has squeaked to the top of the popular vote. It’s a corker of a debut, and one of my own personal Books of the Year for certain!

The other choice can be found in February’s Alternative Read.

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 22nd March, 5.25pm for 5.45pm.


Little Deaths, Emma Flint

Little Deaths by Emma FlintIt’s the summer of 1965, and the streets of Queens, New York shimmer in a heatwave.

One July morning, Ruth Malone wakes to find a bedroom window wide open and her two young children missing. After a desperate search, the police make a horrifying discovery. Noting Ruth’s perfectly made-up face and provocative clothing, the empty liquor bottles and love letters that litter her apartment, the detectives leap to convenient conclusions, fuelled by neighbourhood gossip and speculation.

Sent to cover the case on his first major assignment, tabloid reporter Pete Wonicke at first can’t help but do the same. But the longer he spends watching Ruth, the more he learns about the darker workings of the police and the press.

Soon, Pete begins to doubt everything he thought he knew. Ruth Malone is enthralling, challenging and secretive – is she really capable of murder?

Based on the real-life case of Alice Cribbins (previously fictionalised in the novel Where Are the Children? By Mary Higgins Clark) this is a novel about trial by media and the hunt for truth on shifting sand.

Published: 12/01/2017

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9781509826575


The Gustav Sonata, Rose Tremain

The Gustav Sonata - Rose Tremain

Waterstones Fiction Book of the Month February 2017
Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2016

‘It is no use asking what happened, Gustav… How can I possibly know? Everything in the war depended on who you were and where you were. And then destiny took over.’

What is the difference between friendship and love? Or between neutrality and commitment?

Gustav Perle grows up in a small town in ‘neutral’ Switzerland, where the horrors of the Second World War seem a distant echo. But Gustav’s father has mysteriously died, and his adored mother Emilie is strangely cold and indifferent to him.

Gustav’s childhood is spent in lonely isolation, his only toy a tin train with painted passengers staring blankly from the carriage windows. As time goes on, an intense friendship with a boy of his own age, Anton Zwiebel, begins to define Gustav’s life. Jewish and mercurial, a talented pianist tortured by nerves when he has to play in public, Anton fails to understand how deeply and irrevocably his life and Gustav’s are entwined.

Published: 26/01/2017

Publisher: Vintage Publishing

ISBN: 9781784700201


Frazzled, Ruby Wax

Frazzled - Ruby Wax

Five hundred years ago no one died of stress: we invented this concept and now we let it rule us.

Roby Wax had spent a lifetime building a successful career, home and family through ‘sheer drive’ and determination. Then, having struggled with depression all her life, she suffered a major relapse and decided the time had come to make a change. She proceeded to study mindfulness-based cognitive therapy at Oxford University (achieving a Masters for good measure) and learned how to take personal control over her mind, her mood and her life.

Anyone afraid that this is a book about sitting on rocks in yoga tights chanting to the moon needn’t fear, this is a practical, honest and easy-to-follow guide that is about finding time and space for yourself in a world where the pace seldom slows. Ruby Wax shows us how to de-frazzle for good by making simple changes that give us time to breathe, reflect and live in the moment.

Published: 29/12/2016

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

ISBN: 9780241972069


Northern Lights, Phillip Pullman

Northern Lights - Phillip Pullman

It begins with a girl and her daemon

The girl is Lyra Belacqua, an orphan who lives in a place like, and yet unlike, Oxford in a parallel universe in which science, theology and magic are entwined. Yet for Lyra, her world is about climbing the rooftops of the Oxford colleges with her friend Roger, enthralling the neighbourhood children with her tales and keeping out of the way of the scholars of Jordan College.

Then children start to go missing, snatched mysteriously by a group the children call ‘The Gobblers’. When Roger is taken, Lyra founds herself bound up in a dangerous chase, a daring game of cat-and-mouse that sees her on the run from the highest authorities.

It is a hunt that will take her far from Oxford, to high-society London and the home of the mysterious and beautiful Mrs Coulter and beyond, to the home of the witches and the kingdom of the ice bears where the aurora awaits.

Published: 05/03/2015

Publisher: Scholastic

ISBN: 9781407154169

Book club is currently full

We’ve had a lot of enquiries so far this year, so are having to close to new members from today.

However anyone can still see what we’re reading, follow along, join us on Goodreads and our Facebook page.

If you’re interested in being added to a waiting list, get in touch.

The Ashes of London

It was lovely to see everyone back for some more bookish adventures in 2017!

The most popular choice this time around was Andrew Taylor’s historical thriller The Ashes of London, but there’s a good mix of options, including a novel narrated by objects and a Costa Book Awards children’s category winner.

All other choices can be found in January’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 15th February, 5.25pm for 5.45pm.


The Ashes of London, Andrew Taylor

 The Ashes of London - Andrew TaylorFrom the No.1 bestselling author of The American Boy comes a brand new historical thriller set during the time of the Great Fire of London.

London, 1666: a city in flames…

As the Great Fire consumes everything in its path, even the great cathedral and as the embers smoulder, the body of a man is found in the ruins of St Paul’s – stabbed in the neck, thumbs tied behind his back.

A woman on the run…

The son of a traitor, James Marwood is a reluctant government informer, forced to hunt the killer through the city’s devastated streets. There he encounters a determined young woman who will stop at nothing to secure her freedom.

A killer seeking revenge…

When a second murder victim is discovered in the Fleet Ditch, Marwood is drawn into the political and religious intrigue of Westminster. At a time of dangerous internal dissent, Marwood’s investigation will lead him into treacherous waters – and across the path of a determined and vengeful woman.

Published: 01/01/2017

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

ISBN: 9780008119096