RE[SPACE] Book Group

The Re[Space] café has started a Book Group on the last Thursday of the month, 10.30 – 12.20 am.

The next meeting will be Thursday June 27th and the book under discussion will be The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths.

Dr Ruth Galloway is called in when a child’s bones are discovered on the north Norfolk salt marshes. Are they the remains of a local girl who disappeared ten years earlier – or are the bones much older? DCI Harry Nelson refuses to give up the hunt for the missing girl. Since she vanished, someone has been sending him bizarre anonymous notes about ritual sacrifice, quoting Shakespeare and the Bible. He knows that Ruth’s expertise and experience could help him finally to put this case to rest. But when a second child goes missing, Ruth finds herself in danger from a killer who knows she’s getting ever closer to the truth…

‘Griffiths skilfully treads a line between credulity and modern methods of detection –  Sunday Times

Archaeology and crime often walk hand in hand in crime fiction but I’ve never before, however, read a crime novel in which the two blend as successfully as in The Crossing Places … Elly Griffiths’ characterization is as good as her writing, and I can’t wait for the next in the series – Shotsmag

The meeting to follow will be on Thursday, July 25th, discussing All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the stunningly beautiful instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

Marie-Laure lives in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where her father works. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, Werner Pfennig, an orphan, grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find that brings them news and stories from places they have never seen or imagined. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments and is enlisted to use his talent to track down the resistance. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.

‘Far more than a conventional war story, It’s a tightly focused epic … Doerr paints with a rich palette, using prose that resonates deeply and conveys the ephemera of daily existence along with high drama, sadness and hope … A bittersweet and moving novel that lingers in the mind’ – The Daily Mail

‘An epic work about bravery and the power of attachment’ – Rose Tremain, The Observer

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