Best of the Book Club 2015 & ‘A Boy Called Christmas’

'A Boy Called Christmas' by Matt Haig and Chris Mould

This month we chose between our top picks of 2015 (one per month, two where there was a split in the popular choice, listed below) and with the bonus addition of A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig and Chris Mould.

The most popular pick was A Boy Called Christmas, but we had a broad mix of uptake across all the Books of the Book Club Year, so plenty to discuss at the next meeting.

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 be on Wednesday 13th January, 5.20pm for 5.45pm.

But before then…

BONUS CHRISTMAS MEETING!

For the purposes of nibbling, drinking, and having your own private book shopping experience for a couple of hours. Bring a couple of nibbling bits with you, and Leilah will fetch a couple of bottles of wine and some crackers. Normal meet up time, on Wednesday 16th December. There will be bookish presents for attendees!


Best of 2015

January – Do No Harm by Henry Marsh, Mystery in White by J. Jefferson Farjeon

February – Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey, The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

March – An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield

April – Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

May – The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld

June – All Involved by Ryan Gattis, The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife and the Missing Corpse by Piu Marie Eatwell

July – Forensics by Val McDermid

August – Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler

September – A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

October – A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale

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A is For Angelica

This month A is For Angelica by Iain Broome tops the fiction pick, with a strong 2nd place challenger in the non-fiction option Forensics by Val McDermid. As is often the case though, we’ve got readers for all 4 titles, so choose what you fancy and check out June’s alternative reads for the ones not listed.

If you’d like to take A is for Angelica though, please let Leilah or Waterstones Doncaster know in advance as they were cleared out on the night! Other 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.

You can also download the Word document Leilah created with a few brief notes about all the titles.

The next meeting will be on Wednesday 15th July, 5.20pm for 5.45pm.

Costa have agreed to lend us their carpeted area, and stay on for a short while to serve us drinks and cakes. Any of you that would like to gather earlier to chat, feel free, though I’ll ask you to move to our designated space from 5pm so that Costa can clean up around us.


A is For Angelica, Iain Broome

 A is for Angelica“My life is different now. I don’t go to work. I don’t have an office. I stay at home, hide behind curtains and make notes. I wait for something to happen.”

Gordon Kingdom struggles with the fate of his seriously-ill wife while patiently observing and methodically recording the lives of those around him: his neighbours.

He has files on them all, including Don Donald (best friend and petty thief), Annie Carnaffan (lives next door, throws footballs over the fence), and Benny (the boy who paints with his eyes closed). Then there’s Angelica, the new girl (42) on the street, with her multi-coloured toenails and her filthy temper.

It’s when she arrives that Gordon’s world of half-truths really begins to unravel. Faced with a series of unexpected events and a faltering conscience, he’s left with an impossible decision. Because in the banality of everyday life, what would you do if the unthinkable happened?

Published: 22/08/2012

Publisher: Legend Press Ltd

ISBN: 9781908775986


Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime, Val McDermid

Forensics

The dead talk. To the right listener, they tell us all about themselves: where they came from, how they lived, how they died – and who killed them.

Forensic scientists can unlock the mysteries of the past and help justice to be done using the messages left by a corpse, a crime scene or the faintest of human traces.

Forensics draws on interviews with top-level professionals, ground-breaking research and Val McDermid’s own experience to lay bare the secrets of this fascinating science. And, along the way, she wonders at how maggots collected from a corpse can help determine time of death, how a DNA trace a millionth the size of a grain of salt can be used to convict a killer and how a team of young Argentine scientists led by a maverick American anthropologist uncovered the victims of a genocide.

In her novels, McDermid has been solving complex crimes and confronting unimaginable evil for years. Now, she’s looking at the people who do it for real. It’s a journey that will take her to war zones, fire scenes and autopsy suites, and bring her into contact with extraordinary bravery and wickedness, as she traces the history of forensics from its earliest beginnings to the cutting-edge science of the modern day.

Published: 05/02/2015

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd

ISBN: 9781781251706