Summer reading ideas

Left%20to%20right%20Gilly%20Higham%20Sybil%20Dunn%20%20Liz%20Vincent%20of%20Matlock%20Reading%20Group%20%28SF%29-2Members of Matlock Book Café which meets at the town’s library have come up with some great suggestions for summer reading.

They have picked books that will hold your attention, entertain, inspire and appeal to all different tastes.

All of the books they suggest are available to borrow from the county’s libraries and some of them as e-books and e-audiobooks too.

Sybil Dunn (above centre)singled out Barbara Erskine’s, The Darkest Hour. Sybil was captivated by this mystery story set in the Second World War and modern day.

For those who like biography Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation by Judith Mackerall profiles six extraordinary women of the 1920s.

Liz Vincent (above right) chose Diana Mosley’s autobiography, A Life of Contrasts. A light read despite the political content – Diana was married to the British Fascist leader Oswald Mosley.

Gilly Higham (above left)suggests a novel, Love and Treasure by Ayelet Waldman,which charts thrilling events in modern Europe.

Sue Clayton is a fan of Victoria Hislop’s books including The Island, The Thread and The Return.

The whole group were unanimous in recommending Black Diamond by Catherine Bailey an extraordinary tale of family feuds, forbidden love, civil unrest and the downfall of a mining dynasty.Also mentioned were classics like Iris Murdoch’s The Sea, the Sea and Laurie Lee’s As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning.

How about getting books about your holiday destination? If you are off to India then Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie is one of their top recommendations.

The club meets on the first Tuesday of every month.