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


Review: The Wolf Wilder

4/5 – Very Good

Although written for children it is a good read for any age. It was well written, drawing you into the story. The characters seemed real you could almost feel the cold and the story emotional with a magical backdrop. Of Russia in winter you could almost feel the fur and smell the scent of wolves showing them in a light not of fear but as a friend of people. Very enjoyable.

Maria Bailey

The Wolf Wilder and Grief is the Thing with Feathers

A fairly large meeting this month so welcome to all the new faces. The main two choices were The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell and Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter.

For the other four choices please check out September’s alternative reads.

Any reserved copies have been put aside, but if you couldn’t make it, let Leilah 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 be on Wednesday 19th October, 5.30pm for 5.45pm.

The Wolf Wilder, Katherine Rundell

The Wolf Wilder - Katherine Rundell

Once upon a time, a hundred years ago, there was a dark and stormy girl…

From the winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, comes a fierce and courageous novel, set amidst the snow-laden forests of a Russian winter.

Feodora lives with her mother in a snowbound wooden house, a house lined with sheep’s wool, with lamps painted every bright colour, to protect them from the winter clawing at the door.

Feo has always known about the wolves, she has grown up with them always near at hand; their uncompromising wildness, their strangeness, their beauty. Feo could howl before she could talk. For Feodora’s mother is a wolf wilder and Feo is a wolf wilder in training. The wolf wilders are responsible for re-wilding wolves that foolish men have tried to tame.

What follows is a story of revolution and adventure, about finding the wildness in yourself and standing up for the things you love. It is a story of the few things worth dying for. It is a story of wolves.

‘A triumph! Exciting, moving, highly original, fierce, completely convincing. The world had better watch out.’ – Phillip Pullman

Published: 08/09/2016

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

ISBN: 9781408854853

Grief is the Thing with Feathers, Max Porter

Grief is the Thing with Feathers - Max Porter

One shiny jet-black eye as big as my face, blinking slowly, in a leathery wrinkled socket…

And this is what he said:

I won’t leave until you don’t need me any more.
In the midst of grief he comes. He comes with a crackling of feathers and a smell of decay. He comes like the worst thing you could ever imagine, like something you should never have to imagine, he comes when you need him. He is a reminder, a companion, a harbinger, a scruffy homeless layabout, a friend. He is Crow.

This extraordinary debut, partly based on Ted Hughes’ Crow collection, is a deft feat of linguistic playfulness and daring, full of unexpected humour and emotional truth. It marks the arrival of a thrilling and significant new literary talent.

‘Grief Is the Thing With Feathers is the most exquisite little flight of a story’ – The Guardian

‘Funny and warm and real, this little book is one to linger on and savour.’ – The Telegraph

Published: 25/08/2016

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 9780571327232