After the pandemonium and excitement of last month’s live broadcast from the Waterfront Museum in Swansea, this month’s DBC was shaping up to be a rather more sedate, purely online affair. Nothing is sedate at our Book Club though and we soon got off to a very lively discussion, which included a hilarious and rather risqué description of a slight misunderstanding in a doctor’s waiting room.
Chris loves words and her witty, entertaining description of Word Perfect by Susie Dent of Countdown’s ‘Dictionary Corner’ on Channel Four was dare I say it… word perfect. Next up was Ann with The Moth by Catherine Burns. This book had a lot of words, enough for 50 short stories and an introduction by Neil Gaiman no less. Alex told us all about the power of the human mind with Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by quantum physics expert and chiropractor Dr. Joe Dispenza.
So far so good, the mind was not quite blown, but certainly expanded. The Manningtree Witches by A K Blakemore took us on a journey into a lost world of witch persecution. This vivid story is supposedly based on real life events of 400 years ago. It is a strangely modern story, as only last month Scotland gave its support to a proposal to grant a posthumous pardon to people executed as witches. We finished off with Miles Jupp, a true renaissance man: comedian, cricket pundit, TV and film actor (The Thick of It etc) and author. Maggie told us about his comedy novel History the funny, entertaining tale of a hapless history teacher in a small private school.
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