Best of the Book Club 2016, ‘A Boy Called Christmas/The Girl Who Saved Christmas’ & Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain

This month we chose between our top picks of 2016 and three new ones (all choices listed below this time). The overwhelming winners were  A Boy Called Christmas/The Girl Who Saved Christmas and Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain.

If you’d like to buy any of the books, please let Leilah or Waterstones Doncaster know. 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 is TBC, as before then…


Bring a little something to nibble and share at the table, drinks will be provided and there will be some mystery proof book hand-outs. We’ll pick a date then for the January meet up. Normal meet up time, on Wednesday 14th December.

A Boy Called Christmas, The Girl Who Saved Christmas – Matt Haig & Chris Mould

'A Boy Called Christmas' by Matt Haig and Chris MouldYou are about to read the true story of Father Christmas. It is a story that proves that nothing is impossible.

A Boy Called Christmas is a tale of adventure, snow, kidnapping, elves, more snow, and a boy called Nikolas, who isn’t afraid to believe in magic.

Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781782117896

The Girl Who Saved Christmas - Matt Haig, Chris MouldOnce upon a time, Father Christmas didn’t come to visit children every year. In fact, it nearly came to pass that there was no Christmas as we know it.

The reason? There was not enough magic in the world. Magic is born of hope – and if the children of the world couldn’t see any magic, then why would they hope for it?

That was until one little girl, who believed in magic totally, lay in her bed and wished and wished…

Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781782118572

Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain – Barney Norris

Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain -Barney NorrisOne quiet evening in Salisbury, the peace is shattered by a serious car crash. At that moment, five lives collide – a flower seller, a schoolboy, an army wife, a security guard, a widower – all facing their own personal disasters.

As one of those lives hangs in the balance, the stories of all five unwind, drawn together by connection and coincidence into a web of love, grief, disenchantment and hope that perfectly represents the joys and tragedies of small town life.

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9781784161354

Best of 2016


Meet… Joanna Cannon, 3/3/16

Joanne Cannon is coming to Doncaster Waterstones, Thursday
3rd March, 18:00–19:30

Event: Ticket £1 (including a glass of wine & refreshments)

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep - Joanna Cannon

Join us to celebrate the arrival of the best debut of 2016 THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP and share a glass of wine and an informal chat with its author, and one of the critics’ favourite new voices, Joanna Cannon.

If you loved ‘The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry’, you’ll love this charmingly funny, witty and observant whodunit, and the residents of The Avenue.

Can’t make it? Ask a bookseller today about reserving your signed and dedicated copy!


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The Trouble with Goats and Sheep & A Whole Life

Happy New Year everyone!

For the first Book Club of 2016 we chose The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon and A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler.

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep isn’t published until the 28th of January, but Leilah’s enthusiasm about this book shone through which is why the February meeting date is a little later than we’d usually schedule. It’s also half price as Leilah’s explains:

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep is an exceptional debut, and I hope you love it as much as I do! We’ve placed it in the January meeting as opposed to the February one because it has a FANTASTIC pre-order price. If you let us know online or in branch that you want a copy ahead of 28th January when it officially publishes, you’ll get your copy for half price – only £6.49. I’m also in talks to have Joanna visit the store shortly after our next meeting, so watch this space and I’ll keep you informed!

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 24th February, 5.25pm for 5.45pm.

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, Joanna Cannon

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep - Joanna Cannon

England,1976. Mrs Creasy is missing and The Avenue is alive with whispers.

As the summer shimmers endlessly on, ten-year-olds Grace and Tilly decide to take matters into their own hands. And as the cul-de-sac starts giving up its secrets, the amateur detectives will find much more than they imagined…

‘Part whodunnit, part coming of age, this is a gripping debut about the secrets behind every door’ RACHEL JOYCE
‘A very special book’ NATHAN FILER
‘Grace and Tilly are my new heroes’ KATE HAMER
‘A wonderful debut’ JILL MANSELL
‘A modern classic in the making’ SARAH HILARY

Published: 28/01/2016

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

ISBN: 9780008132163

A Whole Life, Robert Seethaler

A Whole Life - Robert Seethaler

Andreas lives his whole life in the Austrian Alps, where he arrives as a young boy taken in by a farming family.

He is a man of very few words and so, when he falls in love with Marie, he doesn’t ask for her hand in marriage, but instead has some of his friends light her name at dusk across the mountain. When Marie dies in an avalanche, pregnant with their first child, Andreas’ heart is broken.

He leaves his valley just once more, to fight in WWII – where he is taken prisoner in the Caucasus – and returns to find that modernity has reached his remote haven…

Like John Williams’ Stoner or Denis Johnson’s Train Dreams, A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler is a tender book about finding dignity and beauty in solitude.

An exquisite novel about a simple life, it has already demonstrated its power to move thousands of readers with a message of solace and truth. It looks at the moments, big and small, that make us what we are.

Translated by Charlotte Collins.

Published: 08/10/2015

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9781785172922