Beloved by Toni Morrison

About the book

Terrible, unspeakable things happened to Sethe at Sweet Home, the farm where she lived as a slave for so many years until she escaped to Ohio. Her new life is full of hope but eighteen years later she is still not free. Sethe’s new home is not only haunted by the memories of her past but also by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved.

Reviewed by Ace of spades Reading group:

Remarkably well written. Thought provoking and challenging read. Could be used as a study book as different views can be discussed.

Star rating: ***

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The Long Song by Andrea Levy

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The child of a field slave on the Amity sugar plantation, July lives with her mother until Mrs. Caroline Mortimer decides to move her into the great house and rename her ‘Marguerite.’ Surviving through violent and chaotic times, July is taught to read and write so that she can help her mistress run the business, but remains bound to the plantation despite her ‘freedom.’ It is the arrival of a young English overseer, Robert Goodwin, that will dramatically change both their lives.

Reviewed by North Baddesley WI Group 2:

This book was enlightening and described human endurance with pathos and humour. It takes a while to get into the story before you are drawn into the characters lives.

Rating: 4 Stars

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