Book Club

The next meeting of the Book Club will be at 7.30pm on Thursday 20 January at The Junction.

For further information please contact Roni at ronistatham@hotmail.com

The Book Club are currently reading Home Stretch by Graham Norton

Moving between 1980s small town Ireland and New York, Home Stretch is a searing story of responsibility, blame and a young man’s quest for oblivion, from the author of A Keeper.

Shame and longing can flow through generations, but the secrets of the heart will not be buried for ever.

It is 1987 and a small Irish community is preparing for a wedding. The day before the ceremony a group of young friends, including bride and groom, drive out to the beach. There is an accident. Three survive, but three are killed.

The lives of the families are shattered and the rifts between them are felt throughout the small town. Connor is one of the survivors. But staying among the angry and the mourning is almost as hard as living with the shame of having been the driver. He leaves the only place he knows for another life, taking his secrets with him. Travelling first to Liverpool, then London, he makes a home – of sorts – for himself in New York. The city provides shelter and possibility for the displaced, somewhere Connor can forget his past and forge a new life.

But the secrets, the unspoken longings and regrets that have come to haunt those left behind will not be silenced. And before long, Connor will have to confront his pas

Books read in 2021

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