Some years ago I asked Pauline McGaley (Director of Warrenmount Centre) if I could start a book club. I think she suggested I start straight away in the new term, which was soon to begin. The local library was very supportive too and Dublin City Libraries continue to supply the books each month. Unlike most book clubs we meet every week and read aloud extracts from the chosen book. Reading aloud is optional but most people enjoy this part of the meeting as soon as they understand that we aren’t hung up on pronunciation. Skipping words that are jaw-breakers or technical jargon or another language or just bad is allowed even encouraged sometimes. It’s the story that matters.
Since we began we have discovered some great stories in favourite books including Old Money New Money (Peter Sheridan), The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (John Boyne), Chocolat (Joanne Harris), The Island (Victoria Hislop), The Speckled People (Hugo Hamilton), Red Dog (Louis de Bernières), Many Young Men of Twenty (John B Keane), The Shack (William P Young), The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini), Have a little Faith (Mitch Albom), Strumpet City (Joseph Plunkett), Marley and Me (John Grogan), An Accident Waiting to Happen (Vincent Banville), A Streetcat Named Bob (James Bowen), The Help (Kathryn Stockett), Evening Class (Maeve Binchy)…
These certainly are much loved stories but for me the stories written by Warrenmount book club members themselves are among the ones I love best. Perhaps you might drop in and join us some day (Tuesday’s 2.00 – 3.30) but right now in one click you can enjoy some of these stories. In their own words, fresh, intriguing and funny. You are in for a treat!
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