Moominland Midwinter by Tovge Jansson
‘This is snow,’ Moomintroll whispered to himself. Moomins always sleep through the winter – or they did until the year Moomintroll woke up and went exploring in the silent, snow-covered valley where the river used to scuttle along and all his friends were so busy in summer.
For discussion 10 February at 4pm
A Walk In The Woods by Bill Bryson
‘Short of doing it yourself, the best way of escaping into nature is to read a book like A Walk in the Woods… Mr Bryson has met this challenge with zest and considerable humour… a funny book, full of dry humour… the reader is rarely anything but exhilarated.’
For discussion on 24 February 4pm
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
‘A magical novel for adults and children alike.’
For discussion on 10 March 4pm
Wilding by Isabella Tree
‘This tells the story of the ‘Knepp experiment’, a pioneering rewilding project in West Sussex, using free-roaming grazing animals to create new habitats for wildlife. Part gripping memoir, part fascinating account of the ecology of our countryside, Wilding is, above all, an inspiring story of hope.’
For discussion on 24 March 4pm
Chasing the Dragon by Jackie Pullinger
A Christian classic and something a little more serious to read over Easter:
‘The true story of how one woman’s faith resulted in the conversion of hundreds of drug addicts, prostitutes and hardened criminals in Hong Kong’s infamous Walled City.’
For discussion on 7 April 4pm
Mister God, This is Anna: The True Story of a Very Special Friendship by Fynn
The moving story of a precocious foundling and a teenager exploring London’s East End and spiritual life. ‘The explosive individuality of Anna is not sentimentally touching but sometimes almost frightening. I hope that a new edition will introduce a new generation to this formidable and astonishing figure.’ Dr Rowan Williams.
For discussion on 21 April 4pm
The Snow Goose and The Small Miracle (two short stories in one book) – Paul Gallico
This is a classic storytelling from a bestselling author. Gallico’s most famous story, ‘The Snow Goose’, is set in the wild, desolate Essex marshes and is an intense and moving tale about the relationship between a hunchback and a young girl. ‘The Small Miracle’ is a contemporary fable about a young boy’s love for his dangerously ill donkey.
For discussions on 19 May 4pm
The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
Paulo Coelho’s enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Lush, evocative, and deeply humane, the story of Santiago is testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts.
For discussion on 16 June 4pm
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, this book takes readers to the roots of human behaviour – to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humour and pathos. Regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.
For discussion on 14 July 4pm
Gossip from the Forest – Sara Maitland
To take us through the summer a book which is described as part travelogue, part folklore, Sara Maitland’s journey into 12 British forests is described as infectiously enjoyable. Each story is self-contained so you can dip in and out of the book. May’s forest is the New Forest.
For discussion on 8 Sept 4pm