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Morning Book Reading

Sharpe’s Rifles by Bernard Cornwell

Reader: Zach Lyall

Commenced: 27 February 2018

Richard Sharpe and the French invasion of Galicia 1809.  The 95th Rifle Battalion acted as rearguard in the British Army retreat to Corunna.  Lt. Sharpe and a small band of surviving riflemen, cut off from the main army, join Major Blas Vivar, a Spanish officer stranded in the mountains of Northern Spain and pursued by French dragoons.  But Major Vivar has his own agenda.


Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

Reader: Dorothy Broom

Commencing: 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

The Distant Hours by Kate Morton

Reader: Sue Farrelly

Commenced: 25 January 2018

In the early years of World War II, a village postman did not do his regular round one day and hid the mail bag in his attic.  After his death, 50 years later, his relatives discovered the undelivered mail and returned it to the Post Office, which posted the letters to the recipients still traceable.  When Edie Burchell’s mother received one such long-lost letter from a Juniper Blythe, Edie’s curiosity was aroused by the distress it caused.  She set out to get to the bottom of the mystery of her mother’s time at Milderhurst Castle as a war-time evacuee.


Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishigura

Reader: Ian Paton

Commencing: 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.


Children’s Book

Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

Reader: Marlene Norst

Commenced: 2 February 2018

The famous story of Christopher Robin and his friends.


James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Reader: Jamie Spence

Commencing: 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.