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Morning Book Reading
Monogram Murders, by Sophie Hannah
Reader: Lesma Wood
Commenced: Thursday, 12 November 2020
Hercule Poirot’s quiet supper in a London coffee house is interrupted when a young woman confides to him that she is about to be murdered. She is terrified, but begs Poirot not to find and punish her killer. Once she is dead, she insists, justice will have been done.
The Monogram Murders is a mystery novel by British writer Sophie Hannah, based on characters created by Agatha Christie. It is the first in her series of Hercule Poirot novels, after being authorised by the estate of Agatha Christie to write new stories for the character.
Afternoon Book Reading
Galileo’s Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love, by Dava Sobel
Reader: Amanda McCarthy
Commenced: Monday, 2 November 2020
Galileo’s Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love is based on 124 surviving letters written by Galileo’s daughter, the nun Suor Maria Celeste, to her father and explores the relationship between Galileo and his daughter. The book was nominated for the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography. Sobel is the author of the best-selling Longitude and other works in which she imaginatively captures the drama of early scientific discovery.
Taking place in late 16th and 17th century Italy, Dava Sobel’s book vividly recreates the close relationship between Galileo and his daughter Suor Maria Celeste. Written in endearing tones and using complimentary titles to address him, Maria Celeste’s letters show the great love and respect she had for her father. Furthermore, contact with her father allowed her news of the outside world, as she herself was isolated within the convent. But the letters between Maria Celeste and Galileo served more than to maintain contact – she also had a genuine interest in her father’s scientific work, sometimes even offering her own opinion on an issue. Additionally, Galileo’s personal life is glimpsed as he and his daughter discuss various details regarding the running of the household, remedies for health and other family matters.
In the Face of Danger (Orphan Train Adventures #3), by Joan Lowery Nixon
Reader: Dorothy Broom
Commenced: Wednesday, 7 October 2020
Shy Megan Kelly cannot forget the day a gypsy read her palm announcing to all that she would bring trouble to those around her. Afterward, trouble does follow her, until she takes the necessary steps to free herself from the burdens of fear, loneliness, and superstition.