Summer Evening Book Club

See our full 2017 programme below.  Come to just one or to all of the gatherings at St Martha's at 7.30pm.

Wear warm clothing and check here for updates in case plans change!

Wednesday 26th April

God is not a Christian by Desmond Tutu

"Archbishop Desmond Tutu is no stranger to controversy. From racism and social injustice, to the threat of AIDS, the continuing crisis in the Middle East and the importance today of 'ubuntu' (the concept of shared humanity), the Archbishop expresses his views powerfully and honestly, showing how faith and politics are inextricably linked.."



Wednesday 24th May

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

"My brother, Shiva, and I came into the world in the late afternoon of the twentieth of September in the year of grace 1954. We took our first breaths in the thick air of Addis Ababa, capital city of Ethiopia.  Bound by birth, we were driven apart by bitter betrayal. No surgeon can heal the would that divides two brothers. Where silk and steel fail, story must succeed.  To begin at the beginning..."

Tuesday 27th June

The Light between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

"A boat washes up on the shore of a remote lighthouse keeper's island. It holds a dead man - and a crying baby. The only two islanders, Tom and his wife Izzy, are about to make a devastating decision. They break the rules and follow their hearts. What happens next will break yours. "A moving tale ...prepare to weep". (New York Times).   

Monday 31st July

On Forgiveness: How Can We Forgive the Unforgivable? by Richard Holloway

"In this inspiring work, Richard Holloway tackles the great theme of forgiveness. Underpinning this examination is his belief that religion has given us many of the best stories and metaphors for the act. He relates forgiveness to events such as September 11th, the Truth Commission in South Africa, and the ongoing conflicts in Palestine/Israel, Northern Ireland and Serbia."


Wednesday 30th August

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

"Every few decades a book is published that changes the lives of its readers forever. This is such a book – a beautiful parable about learning to listen to your heart, read the omens strewn along life’s path and, above all, follow your dreams."

Wednesday 27th September

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

Randy Pausch gave an upbeat lecture titled "The Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams" on September 18, 2007, at Carnegie Mellon (Video) after he learned that he had pancreatic cancer. He then co-authored the book called The Last Lecture on the same theme, which became a New York Times best-seller.


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