Unless by Carol Shields

About the book At once the disturbing, ultimately consoling story of one family's loss and a searing portrait of life at the dawn of the 21st century, 'Unless' is a daring novel from the master of extraordinary fictions about so-called 'ordinary' lives. Reviewed by U3A Book Group 4 "Unless" divided the group leading to more… Continue reading Unless by Carol Shields

Happenstance by Carol Shields

About the book A week spent apart for a long-time married couple brings new and frightening experiences for each. Bewildered in a new city, Brenda struggles to cope. Meanwhile, at home, Jack's world falls apart; but while dealing with the crises around him, he learns something about himself. Reviewed by Entre Nous Interesting and well… Continue reading Happenstance by Carol Shields

The Death and life of Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood

About the book When he was a boy, Charlie St. Cloud almost perished in a car crash that killed his little brother, Sam. Years later, Charlie is still trying to atone for his loss. It is only when he meets Tess Carroll, a captivating, adventurous yachtswoman, that he is faced with a choice - between… Continue reading The Death and life of Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood

Teacher, teacher by Jack Sheffield

About the book It's 1977 and Jack Sheffield is appointed headmaster of a small village primary school in North Yorkshire. So begins Jack's eventful journey through the school year and his attempts to overcome the many problems that face him as a young and inexperienced headmaster. Reviewed by Biscuits, Books and Banter Most agreed it… Continue reading Teacher, teacher by Jack Sheffield

Resistance by Owen Sheers

About the book Sarah Lewis, a 26-year-old farmer's wife, wakes to find her husband Tom has disappeared. She is not alone, as all the other women in the Welsh border valley of Olchon wake to find their husbands gone. With this sudden and unexplained absence, the women regroup as an isolated, all-female community and wait,… Continue reading Resistance by Owen Sheers

12 years a slave by Solomon Northup

About the book Born a free man in New York State in 1808, Solomon Northup was kidnapped in Washington, D.C., in 1841. He spent the next 12 years as a slave on a Louisiana cotton plantation, and during this time he was frequently abused and often afraid for his life. This is his detailed description… Continue reading 12 years a slave by Solomon Northup

Starter for Ten by David Nicholls

About the book The year is 1985 and Brian has just started his first term at university, armed with the obligatory CND membership and a complete set of Kate Bush albums. But he also has a dark secret - a burning ambition to appear on University Challenge and now it seems the dream is about… Continue reading Starter for Ten by David Nicholls

The Time traveller's guide to Medieval England by Ian Mortimer

About the book Imagine you could get into a time machine and travel back to the 14th century. This text sets out to explain what life was like in the most immediate way, through taking the reader to the Middle Ages, and showing everything from the horrors of leprosy and war to the ridiculous excesses… Continue reading The Time traveller's guide to Medieval England by Ian Mortimer