Radio 2 Book Club – Snake Ropes by Jess Richards

The next book to be discussed on the Radio 2 Book Club will be Snake Ropes, a debut novel by Jess Richards.

Snake Ropes is set on a remote island which has little contact with the mainland, and is described by The Independent as a magical fable “where ghosts walk, keys speak and shadows occasionally split away from their owners.” Intrigued? You can find out more about the book, and download an extract, from the Book Club website.

You can catch the book club on Monday 28th May from 18.00, as part of Simon Mayo’s 17.00 – 19.00 Drivetime show. If you missed previous shows, including discussion of Mark Haddon’s The Red House, and Bitter Water by Gordon Ferris, you can catch up via the website.

Book Review – Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth

I would like to recommend Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth.

I read this book after watching the series on TV, and it has been really interesting to see the way the story was changed and adapted for the screen. The storylines and characters are all there, but the book is much more of a personal memoir.

I’m sure that anyone who saw the TV series will enjoy the book. If you didn’t see it, it’s the true story of a young midwife working amidst the poverty and terrible living conditions of the East End of London in the 1950s. Apart from anything else, the book is real glimpse of what life used to be like. It’s maybe not the most elegantly-written book I’ve ever read, but it’s powerful stuff.

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Radio 2 Book Club

The next book to be discussed on the Radio 2 Book Club will be Bitter Water by Gordon Ferris.

It’s a crime novel set in Glasgow, and to give you an idea of what to expect, Ferris has been likened to Ian Rankin. You can find out more about the book, and download an extract, from the Book Club website.

You can catch the book club on Monday 30th April from 18.00,  as part of Simon Mayo’s 17.00 – 19.00 Drivetime show.

If you missed previous shows, including discussion of  Charlotte Rogan’s The Lifeboat, and Luck: what it means and why it matters by Ed Smith.  you can catch up via the Radio 2 Book Club website.