Whey Aye WI Book Night is on Tuesday 22nd October 2013 - read one or more of the chosen books and come along for a chat about what you thought. If you don’t fancy any, please come along anyway for the wine & nibbles, to recommend your favourite read, or just to listen to what others have to say. It’s not a heavy literary discussion; just a good natter. And of course there’ll be Bitches ‘Book’ Bingo that you’ll not want to miss!

So, here are the 4 chosen tomes:

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes

In 1916 French artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his wife Sophie to fight at the Front. When her town falls into German hands, his portrait of Sophie stirs the heart of the local Kommandant and causes her to risk everything - her family, reputation and life - in the hope of seeing her true love one last time. Nearly a century later and Sophie's portrait is given to Liv by her young husband shortly before his sudden death. Its beauty speaks of their short life together, but when the painting's dark and passion-torn history is revealed, Liv discovers that the first spark of love she has felt since she lost him is threatened. In The Girl You Left Behind two young women, separated by a century, are united in their determination to fight for the thing they love most - whatever the cost.

American Novella
Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote

'What I've found does the most good is just to get into a taxi and go to Tiffany's. It calms me down right away, the quietness and the proud look of it; nothing very bad could happen to you there, not with those kind men in their nice suits...'

Meet Holly Golightly - a free spirited, lop-sided romantic girl about town. Full of sharp wit and exuberant, larger-than-life characters which vividly capture the restless, madcap era of 1940s New York, "Breakfast at Tiffany's" will make you fall in love, perhaps for the first time, with a book.

Historical novel
The Long Song by Andrea Levy

Told in the irresistibly willful and intimate voice of Miss July, with some editorial assistance from her son, Thomas, The Long Song is at once defiant, funny, and shocking. The child of a field slave on the Amity sugar plantation in Jamaica, July lives with her mother until Mrs. Caroline Mortimer, a recently transplanted English widow, decides to move her into the great house and rename her “Marguerite.” Together they live through the bloody Baptist War and the violent and chaotic end of slavery. An extraordinarily powerful story.

Crime / Thriller
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Amy Dunne is missing and her husband Nick becomes the likely murder suspect. As the police piece together the evidence and Nick attempts to prove his innocence, the fake and real sides of both husband and wife are exposed. A toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn. Compulsively readable, creepily unforgettable.