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Leader:Pam O´Neill

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Telephone:962855710

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Meeting Dates:2nd and 4th Friday 11:00-12.30



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THE TRAVELLING CATS CHRONICLES BY HIRO ARIKAWA

The Japanese are fascinated by cats, and it’s not difficult to find shrines dedicated to them. There are cats that live in train stations (one, at least, has a uniform and a “job”) and cat cafés, where people go to pet them and hang out with them. We are all familiar with the maneki-neko, the beckoning good-luck cat who appears in Asian shops everywhere, ensuring the success and prosperity of the enterprise

This book is somewhat different from the others, featuring a cat who travels with his owner in a silver van, though I am pretty sure that Arikawa is very familiar with Sōseki’s cat, as Nana himself is one of the narrators and he can be quite critical of humans and their motives. The difference is that this book is very gentle and the humor doesn’t often bite; it’s a book about connection and communication, and about the nature of the relationship between cats and humans, or, by extension, animals and humans. Loving animals is one of the things that elevates human beings and endows them with a kind of nobility.

The book may be written in a simple and plain style, but don’t let that fool you; Arikawa may be disingenuous sometimes, but she does have some serious things to say in this book, and they are worth saying. It’s also a book about a journey; after Satoru adopts the stray cat and names him Nana, they embark together on a journey to various parts of Japan and visit people, some of them from Satoru’s past.

A VERY DIFFERENT AND INTERESTING CHOICE FOR THIS MONTH

OUR OCTOBER CHOICE IS TOMBLAND BY C.J.SANSOM

This is an Historical  "Who dun-it” The seventh in the Shardlake series

Spring, 1549. Two years after the death of Henry VIII, England is sliding into chaos. The king, Edward VI, is eleven years old. His uncle Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset, rules as Protector. Radical Protestants are conducting all out war on the old religion, stirring discontent among the people. The Protector's prolonged war with Scotland is proving a disastrous failure. Worst of all, the economy is in collapse, inflation rages and rebellion is stirring among the peasantry.
Since the old King's death, Matthew Shardlake has been working as a lawyer in the service of Henry's younger daughter, the Lady Elizabeth. The gruesome murder of the wife of John Boleyn, a distant Norfolk relation of Elizabeth's mother - which could have political implications for Elizabeth –so she   brings Shardlake and his young assistant Nicholas Overton to the summer assizes at Norwich. There they are reunited with Shardlake's former assistant Jack Barak. The three find layers of mystery and danger surrounding the death of Edith Boleyn, as more murders are committed.

This has been a difficult book for our members because of the shear size of it, would you be up to it ?

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