Morning Book Reading
Caleb’s Crossing, by Geraldine Brooks
Reader: Dorothy Broom
Commenced: 3 April 2018
The story is set in colonial Cambridge and on the island of Martha’s Vineyard during the Seventeenth Century Puritan Settlements. It traces the life of Bethia Mayfield, a young woman growing up among a small band of English Puritans, and her relationship with the son of an Indian Chief, Caleb. Caleb would become the first Native American to graduate from Harvard.
Afternoon Book Reading
Remains of the Day, by Kazuo Ishigura
Reader: Ian Paton
Commenced: 9 April 2018
An elderly English butler served his former master, Lord Darlington, with complete dedication during the 1930’s. He often made considerable personal sacrifices because he had total belief in his employers contribution to the affairs of the country. Now, after Lord Darlington’s death, he beings to realise that his loyalty was misguided.
Next Morning Book Reading
West with the Night, by Beryl Markham
Reader: Sue Farrelly
Commencing: 11 May 2018
Beryl Markham was born in Leicester in 1902 and in 1906 accompanied her father to East Africa. In 1919, when her father left for Peru, Beryl earned her living as a racehorse trainer. In 1931 she turned to aviation, working as a charter pilot in East Africa. In 1936 she flew the Atlantic solo from east to west. Beryl died in Kenya in 1986.
Next Afternoon Book Reading
A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini
Reader: Pat Vargas
Commencing: 2 May 2018
Mariam was raised in a small village in Afghanistan. At 15 she was married to Rashid, a middle-aged shoemaker – a widower from Kabul. Almost 20 years later, Laila, a beautiful and educated young girl, joins the unhappy household as a second wife. The two women develop a deep and loving friendship. During the Taliban regime life becomes impoverished, violent and dangerous. Mariam does her best to protect Laila from the harsh and brutal atmosphere that develops in their home.
James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl
Reader: Jamie Spence
Commenced: 23 March 2018
James Henry Trotter lived a happy life in a beautiful house by the sea until he was four years old when his parents were killed by a rampant rhino escaped from the London Zoo. Then James was sent to live with two nasty aunts, Aunt Spiker and Aunt Sponge. His life was lonely and miserable until he met a mysterious stranger in the garden and strange things began to happen to him.
Fact or Fantasy
Longitude, by Dava Sobell
Reader: Mo Richards
Commencing: 19 May 2018
The true story of a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his time. The measurement of longitude depends on time and for many centuries no ship had a reliable means of establishing its whereabouts. In 1714 the British Parliament offered a large prize for the solver of the problem. John Harrison, an English clockmaker, devoted his life to the quest and was the inventor of friction-free clocks.
Next Children’s Book
Chico of the Andes, by Christine Von Hagen
Reader: Danielle Williams
Commencing: 11 May 2018
Chico is a small boy from Ecuador living in an isolated mountain village who discovers that he is an unknown orphan. Can Chico solve the mystery of his birth?