We’ve enjoyed two ‘book night’ meetings at Whey Aye WI.  In 2011 we read ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time’ by Mark Haddon (2003), ‘The Other Hand’’ by Chris Cleave (2008), and ‘One Day’ by David Nicholls (2009).  In 2013 we read ‘The Girl You Left Behind’’ by Jojo Moyes (2012), ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ by Truman Capote (1958),‘The Long Song’ by Andrea Levy (2010), and ‘Gone Girl’’ by Gillian Flynn (2012).

Our third book night will be held at our meeting in August 2015.  Read all, one or none (!) of the books listed below and come along for a chat about what you thought.  If you don’t fancy any of the chosen books, please come along anyway to hear the discussion or recommend your favourite read.  It’s not a heavy literary discussion; just a good natter plus a book themed Bitches Bingo which you’ll not want to miss!

‘The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared’ by Jonas Jonasson (2012)



It all starts on the one-hundredth birthday of Allan Karlsson. Sitting quietly in his room in an old people’s home, he is waiting for the party he-never-wanted-anyway to begin. The Mayor is going to be there. The press is going to be there. But, as it turns out, Allan is not… Slowly but surely Allan climbs out of his bedroom window, into the flowerbed (in his slippers) and makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several murders, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent police.

‘The Rosie Project’ by Graeme Simsion (2013)



The art of love is never a science: meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers.  Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie and the realisation that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love, it finds you.

‘The Secret Life of Bees’ by Sue Monk Kidd (2003)



Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. When Lily's fierce-hearted black "stand-in mother," Rosaleen, insults three of the deepest racists in town, Lily decides to spring them both free. They escape to Tiburon, South Carolina, a town that holds the secret to her mother's past. Taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily is introduced to their mesmerising world of bees and honey, and the Black Madonna.
If you enjoy the book maybe watch the (2008) film too?

'The Husband’s Secret’ by Liane Moriarty (2013)



What would you do if you found a letter from your husband marked ‘To be opened in the event of my death’? Especially if he was still alive? Would you open it? That’s the dilemma faced by Cecilia, devoted mother, successful businesswoman, and, she thought, blissfully married. Her decision changes her life forever.