Book Club May - featured books

Of Storytellers, Cats and Footballers

Sporting tales and the power of song.

In these challenging times we need things that will uplift and inspire us: that’s exactly what we had in the April edition of our Book Club. It was another Internationally flavoured event with participants and observers from Wales, England and Germany. Think of it as the literary version of Eurovision, but without the sequins and bad dance moves.

We began with The Storyteller of Casablanca by Fiona Valpy. Chosen by Maggie, this evocative tale by the best selling author of The Dressmaker’s Gift was an uplifting story of a young Jewish girl called Josie, who fled the Nazi occupation of Paris in 1941 to Casablanca, Morocco. Next came the choice of Betty who told us all about the hugely underrated footballer Peter Crouch, with his  self depreciating and frankly hilarious insight into the strange inner world of football in How To Be a Footballer.

Finally we had the unveiling of an innovative new guide by Jill Rakusen. The author herself introduced us to Unlocking the Power of Song – A Companion for Challenging Times. Jill has a unique approach to song, developed over 25 years. She maintains that song can help in any walk of life, enabling us to become stronger and wiser. It was an uplifting read with a truly inspirational approach, giving us plenty of food for thought about life and living it to the full.

The books discussed were:

The Storyteller of Casablanca -Fiona Valpy

Maggie Abbett

The Story Teller of Casablanca – Fiona Valpy (Lake Union)

The year is 1941. Twelve year old Josie travels to Casablanca, Morocco to escape the Nazis and finds an overwhelming city filled with extraordinary characters. A story of hope.

How to be a footballer - Peter Crouch - bookcover

Betty Sutherland

How to be a Footballer – Peter Crouch (Penguin/Ebury Press)

Honest, surprising and amusing stories from Peter Crouch on what it is like to be a footballer. An eye opening insight into the truly bizarre, surreal world of professional players.

Unlocking the power of song

Jill Rakusen

Unlocking the Power of Song – a Companion – Jill Rakusen (Giving Voice)

A gentle and kindly guide to Jill’s unique approach to song, it helps us realise just how much song can offer us, in any situation.

Join our book club

To join, please enter your details here

Other Content you may enjoy

Our latest news and events

And the Winner Is…

This week’s winner is Jill Rakusen, with an entertaining and informative account of her own work. She receives a Book Token.

Join us for the next Digital Book Club – DBC – on Wednesday 18th May at 3pm.

Future Book club dates

The New Dates are:

  • Wednesday 18th May
  • Wednesday 15th June
  • Wednesday 20th July

If you want to take part in any of our future Digital Book Clubs, please email john.coleman@actionforelders.org.uk

Share this page

Action For Elders is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under number 7698491 and registered as a Charity number 1145996

Action For Elders CIC Company No. 7604286 ©Copyright 2023 Action for Elders

Registered office: Elfed House, Oak Tree Court, Mulberry Drive, Cardiff Gate, Cardiff CF23 8RS