A Novel Idea – May Meeting

 

Wow! This month we met to discuss the novel ‘One Plus One’ by Jojo Moyes. What a meeting! The book was well loved by everyone and recieved a rating of 8.9/10.

One Plus One was a heartwarming story about a struggling mother, Jess, who needs to get her genius daughter to Scotland for a Math Oylmpiad. One bad thing after another ensues, until Jess finds herself, her two children and their smelly dog, Norman, in the car of Ed Nicholls – an egotistical millionaire with no idea of the real world. During the four day drive to Scotland both Ed and Jess discover alot about each other, and even more about themselves.

This book lead to a lively discussion about the class system in England, and we wondered do we ever really understand how the other half live? Our members reminisced about their childhoods, with many wondering exactly how their mothers managed to keep the family fed and warm with such limited money. Many of our members were born in, or have visisted England, so we were able to discuss the places mentioned in the book.

We also talked about insider trading (a big theme in the book) and current insider trading issues in Sydney, as well as the incredibly difficult question “is it more difficult for the poor to lead law-abiding lives?”

On June 24 we will be meeting to discuss ‘The Railwayman’s Wife’ by local author Ashley Hay. This beautiful book is set entirely in the town of Thirroul, so make sure you check it out.

As an added bonus, Ashley Hay will be speaking at Dapto Library on Tuesday June 9 from 5:30-7pm. If you would like to attend please call Dapto Library on 4227 8555 to book a seat.

 

In a small town on the land’s edge, in the strange space at a war’s end, a widow, a poet and a doctor each try to find their own peace, and their own new story.

In Thirroul, in 1948, people chase their dreams through the books in the railway’s library. Anikka Lachlan searches for solace after her life is destroyed by a single random act. Roy McKinnon, who found poetry in the mess of war, has lost his words and his hope. Frank McKinnon is trapped by the guilt of those his treatment and care failed on their first day of freedom. All three struggle with the same question: how now to be alive.

Written in clear, shining prose and with an eloquent understanding of the human heart, The Railwayman’s Wife explores the power of beginnings and endings, and how hard it can be sometimes to tell them apart. It’s a story of life, loss and what comes after; of connection and separation, longing and acceptance. Most of all, it celebrates love in all its forms, and the beauty of discovering that loving someone can be as extraordinary as being loved yourself.

A story that will break your heart with hope

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