Book Club

CLASSIC BOOK CLUB: Lolly Willowes – Sylvia Townsend Warner

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Wednesday 7th September – 7:15 for :7:30pm

 Lolly Willowes, so gentle and accommodating, has depths no one suspects. When she suddenly announces that she is leaving London and moving, alone, to the depths of the countryside, her overbearing relatives are horrified. But Lolly has a greater, far darker calling than family: witchcraft.

The Yellow Wallpaper is narrated with superb psychological skill and dramatic precision, it tells the story of a nameless woman driven mad by enforced confinement after the birth of her child. Isolated in a colonial mansion in the middle of nowhere, forced to sleep in an attic nursery with barred windows and sickly yellow wallpaper, secretly she does what she has to do – she writes. She craves intellectual stimulation, activity, loving understanding, instead she is ordered to her bedroom to rest and ‘pull herself together’. Here, slowly but surely, the tortuous pattern of the wallpaper winds its way into the recesses of her mind…

The discussion will be led by Elizabeth Griffiths

 


BOOK CLUB: Great Circle – Maggie Shipstead

Wednesday 21st September – 7:15 for :7:30pm

From her days as a wild child in prohibition America to the blitz and glitz of wartime London, from the rugged shores of New Zealand to a lonely iceshelf in Antarctica, Marian Graves is driven by a need for freedom and danger. Determined to live an independent life, she resists the pull of her childhood sweetheart, and burns her way through a suite of glamorous lovers.

But it is an obsession with flight that consumes her most. Now, as she is about to fulfil her greatest ambition, to circumnavigate the globe from pole to pole, Marian crash lands in a perilous wilderness of ice. Over half a century later, troubled film star Hadley Baxter is drawn inexorably to play the enigmatic pilot on screen. It is a role that will lead her to an unexpected discovery, throwing fresh and spellbinding light on the story of the unknowable Marian Graves.

The discussion will be led by Tim O’Kelly

Everyone is welcome – either let us know beforehand or just turn up on the night. If you would like to be added to the emailing list just go to our contacts page and put  your details in with ‘Book Club’ in the Subject line.  Our book club meetings cost £5 which includes a glass of wine.

 

 

Events

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Wednesday 13th July 6pm

Join us for the launch of In My Grandfather’s Shadow, a memoir by local author Angela Findlay. In a rare confluence of memoir, psychology and historical detective story, this is Findlay’s account of her unflinching quest for the truth about her German family, one that breaks through the silence surrounding many of the Second World War’s perpetrators. In My Grandfather’s Shadow explores the heritability of unresolved experiences, questions deeply held perceptions of good and bad, and uncovers the lesser-known history of the war’s losers, a post-war culture of apology and atonement, and the lingering legacy of shame.


One Tree Writers

Do you write? Have you always wanted to write? We’re a small friendly group who have been meeting for over ten years. We take turns to read out whatever we are currently working on and offer each other advice and support. Over time we have had writers working on short stories, novels (adult, YA and children’s), poetry, memoir, blogs and even academic essays! We have met at various venues and now, at Tim’s invitation, we will be based at One Tree books – hence our new name. We meet upstairs at 2.30 on Tuesday afternoons. If you think you might be interested, why not come along and say hello?


MAH-JONG at One Tree Books

Taking bookings now!

Mah-Jong expert Sheila Lucas is running a 4 week course from March 1st on a Tuesday afternoon for up to 12 people. Sessions cost £10 and start at 2pm and are suitable for beginners and intermediate players. Why not come and have lunch in Ginger’s café beforehand, or stay on for tea afterwards. For more details please ask in the shop or contact Sheila directly: sheilalucasme@icloud.com


Ginger’s Café

We are a proudly vegetarian and plant-based company.

Sample menus include: Shaksuka and parsley with sourdough toast; Spinach and croque monsieur or garlic, balsamic and thyme mushrooms on toast. We have a deli counter at the back of the shop in the café serving lunch between 11:30 - 2:30, soup of the day, a selection of quiches, frittatas and salad and locally baked cakes.

We try our best to use products and suppliers that are at least one of the golden 4: Organic; Local; Reduced plastic; Reduced carbon imprint.

Book Doctor

An appointment with our book doctor makes a great gift - for a birthday or a wedding, or just to treat yourself or a friend.  Our personal service begins with a consultation usually lasting 30 minutes or so which includes coffee and a welcome pack, discussing your reading tastes and getting an idea of what you love most about books. We then send out a monthly book choice to any address in the UK (other destinations available on request).

Prices start at £60 for 6 months, or £120 for 12 months.