Summer Reading 2017

Have you a book choice for this Summer? We’ve asked a variety of people connected with St C’s for a recommendation for Summer reading, and here are their choices.

Have you a suggestion to share? Why not put your choice in the comments below, with a sentence or two about your choice.

First of all Edward, Church Treasurer, suggests for ‘beach reading’ Patrick Gale’s, A Place called Winter. Edward is in good company with his choice A Place Called Winter was a Radio 2 Book Club Choice on publication and went on to be shortlisted for the Costa Novel Prize. The publisher comments: “In this exquisite journey of self-discovery, loosely based on a real life family mystery, Patrick Gale has created an epic, intimate human drama, both brutal and breathtaking. It is a novel of secrets, sexuality and, ultimately, of great love.”

Canon Alma’s recommendation is Conclave by Robert Harris, which she describes as a real ‘page turner’ and a book which, Alma says, challenges us to think about great holiness and great corruption in the church’s corridors of power. Several people at church have been reading Conclave and enjoying it.

Hector McMillan’s choice is To Travel Hopefully by Christopher Rush. Christopher, after months of wading through the treacle of grief takes himself off to France to follow in the footsteps of R L Stevenson’s Travels with a Donkey in the Cevenne . Hector comments: “It was also an honest book, I felt, and a hopeful one. As someone who has been in the grief bubble myself in recent years and re-emerged I could identify with his otherworldlyness and with his gradual re-connection with the world around him.”

Jo Yee Cheung, (director of OMF) chooses Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernières. Jo writes: “I think I was originally only drawn to its musical title. As it happens, the allusion to music is only a tiny allegory within a touching narrative about the Greek island of Cephalonia, the 2nd World War and the resilience (and humour) of those involved. It has become one of my most cherished books.”

Have a look at summer reading book choices of previous years too: Here, and also here!


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One Response to Summer Reading 2017

  1. Sandra Palmer says:

    Thanks for recommendations . My summer reading will be mainly of the works of Elizabeth Strout whose novels have captivated me . The landscapes of her novels are small- a hospital room where the narrator seriously ill is visited by her difficult mother ( My name is Lucy Barton ) or a small provincial town ( Olive Kitteridge ) , she writes of the ordinary in spare , sharp language and yet she captures the dappled complexity of being human .

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