ICE Breakers

FRESH WATER FOR FLOWERS

BOOK OF THE MOMENT

Why do you think Violette couldn’t leave her husband?
Why do you think Violette was unable to stand up to Phillippe’s domineering parents?
Did you have any sympathy for Philippe?
How does Perrin draw the reader into Violette’s world?
What healing powers do you think nature can provide?
Which characters resonated with you and why?
Do you think Violette would have been able to move on if Philippe had remained in her life?
What does this story tell you about simple acts of kindness?
How did this book make you feel about loss, love and death? 

A LADDER TO THE SKY

MISSED OPPORTUNITY

Which, if any, of Boyne’s characters did you empathise with? 
Do you think Erich had been naive and simply an old fool about his relationship with Maurice? Did he deserve Maurice’s rejection by revealing his hidden past?  
To what extent was The Interlude in Amalfi with Gore Vidal an important chapter in Maurice’s own story? 
Did this novel make you think differently about how and why novels and classics stand out? 
Do you think The Tribesman needed Maurice in order for the novel to be a success?
What do you think Boyne is trying to convey about the literary world? And what does it tell us about the author?
How does this compare to his other novels? 

THE THURSDAY MURDER CLUB

THE WILD CARD

How did your book club feel about reading this popular whodunnit and runaway success? 
What observations amused you and why were these characters so loveable? 
Is 80something the new 50something?
Which characters intrigued you the most? And did you solve the murder mystery before the amateur sleuths?
In a year when many of our loved ones have been shielding was this a comforting choice? 
Who do you think will star in Spielberg’s screen spin off?