Reading

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Come and join the

EuroMayenne Reading Group

We share a love of books !

This EuroMayenne group is for members to get together each month to discuss a book that they have all just read.

It  will encourage you to read more books and books that you might not normally choose.

The reasons that people give for joining a reading group include reading a wide variety of books, making friends, having fun, meeting like-minded people and stimulating the brain cells!

So please come and join us for our fourth year in this venture.

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All dates are subject to current Government and Local Authority reglementations regarding Coronavirus Covid-19 and subject to change or cancellation.

NEXT MEETING:  on WEDNESDAY 29 SEPTEMBER 2021 at 2:30pm

Venue: at Francoise Koubaka’s (see address below) in Mayenne.

Book titles – see table below. 

 

Please let Pam or Kathy know (contact details at the bottom of this page) at least one week in advance if  you will be going.

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The Books:

These are to be across a wide range of genres including general fiction, mysteries, historical fiction and non-fiction. They are always available in English and French versions. They allow for discussion between both English and French speakers.

Future books to read are decided by the group members.

When

Monthly on the last Wednesday at 2.30 pm.

So, make notes in your diary for

2021

Month Title Author Synopsis
September 29 The English Assassin Daniel Silva

Art restorer and sometimes spy Gabriel Allon is asked to visit Zurich to clean the work of an Old Master for a millionaire banker – but when he arrives, he finds the corpse of his client in a pool of blood beneath the masterpiece and discovers some dark secrets.

October 27 The End of Eddy Edouard Louis

Edward Louis grew up in a village in Northern France where many of its inhabitants lived below the poverty line. His best-selling debut novel about life there has sparked great debate on social inequality.

November 24 Three Strong Women Marie Ndiaye Three women who almost had it all….. Norah a lawyer; Fanta who has a prestigious teaching role; Khady who runs a cafe with her loving husband. Each woman will face a journey that will change their lives forever.
December (no meeting)      

2022

Month Title Author Synopsis
January 26 Suite Française Irène Némirovsky Set during the year that France fell to the Nazis, Suite Française initially describes the events of a group of Parisians as they flee the Nazi invasion, and secondly it follows the inhabitants of a small rural community under occupation.
February 23 Life After Life Kate Atkinson

During a snowstorm in England in 1910 a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath.

During a snowstorm in England in 1910 the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale.

Life after Life follows Ursula Todd as she lives through the turbulent events of the last century – again, and again……….

March 30 The Mad Women’s Ball Victoria Mas The Salpêtrière asylum, 1885. All of Paris is in thrall to Doctor Charcot and his displays of hypnotism on women who have been deemed mad or hysterical, outcasts from society. But the truth is much more complicated – for these women are often simply inconvenient, unwanted wives or strong-willed daughters. Once a year a grand ball is held at the hospital. For the Parisian elite, the Mad Women’s Ball is the highlight of the social season; for the women themselves, it is a rare moment of hope.
April 27 Ready Player One Ernest Cline

The global bestseller and now a major Steven Spielberg movie.

It’s the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place. We’re out of oil. We’ve wrecked the climate. Famine, poverty, and disease are widespread.
Like most of humanity, Wade Watts is obsessed by the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within the alternate reality of Oasis.

A world a stake, a quest for the ultimate prize – are you ready?

May 25 Hamnet/ Hamnet Maggie O’Farrell

On a summer’s day in 1596, a young girl in Stratford-upon-Avon takes to her bed with a sudden fever. Her twin brother, Hamnet, searches everywhere for help. Why is nobody at home?
Their mother, Agnes, is over a mile away, in the garden where she grows medicinal herbs. Their father is working in London.
Neither parent knows that Hamnet will not survive the week.

Two extraordinary people. A love that draws them together. A loss that threatens to tear them apart.

‘Richly sensuous… something special’ The Sunday Times

June 29 Long Walk to Freedom Nelson Mandela

“Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand history – and then go out and change it.” – President Barack Obama  
Nelson Mandela was one of the great moral and political leaders of his time: an international hero whose lifelong dedication to the fight against racial oppression in South Africa won him the Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency of his country. 



Where

Françoise Koubaka has very kindly offered to have all our meetings at her home in the centre of Mayenne.

Françoise Koubaka’s home : 32d rue du 130ème R.I., 53100 Mayenne

Tel. 02 43 00 28 41  or  06 81 72 32 48

Suggestion: park along the river or in the main square of Mayenne.

Please ask if you need directions from there to Françoise’s house.

Cost

There will be no cost other than the member purchasing/downloading the book of the month.

Refreshments (tea/coffee/cakes) will always be available – all that is asked is for a small donation.

Interested ?

Contact the reading group:

Pam DAVIES 02.43.00.87.17 contact@euromayenne.org
Kathy BARBOUR 06.31.25.03.99
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