Archive for February, 2015

The Hive by Gill Hornby

Martin Lefevre is writing the book group blog for the next few months in my absence. Here’s his first post.

Six readers braved the freezing weather to pronounce unanimously that this was a dreadful book. It was even suggested that the only reason it was published was to placate family members with superior writing talents and that the author actually disliked women, so poor was her characterisation. The whole concept of such sycophantic people was repugnant and the whole Hive allegory dealt with very heavy-handedly. The only favourable comment was that at least the dreadful Bea got her cum-uppance, but Mellissa as a universal saviour was wholly unbelievable. “It was the worst book I have ever read in the genre” It was insulting to women who were drawn as caricatures rather than real people. The idea of Lesbian Tea, nauseating.
Fortunately we had some better books to read, amongst them:-
Excellent Women, Barbara Pym
Stoner, John Williams
Miss Carter’s War, Sheila Hancock
The Beginner’s Goodbye, Anne Tyler
The Tudor Conspiracy, Christopher Gortner
Testament of Youth, Vera Britten
Music and Silence, Rose Tremaine

Our next meting at the Barrels is Tuesday March 3rd at 6.30 where we will review The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twang Eng

Martin Lefevre


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The Berwick Book Group meets on the first Tuesday of every month at the First Class Passenger Lounge on the platform of Berwick Train Station at 6.30pm.

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