ICE Breakers

LONDON, BURNING

BOOK OF THE MOMENT

Do you remember ‘78/79? Where were you and how did this novel bring this period to life?
What similarities to 2021 stand out for you?
Which of the four characters did you enjoy the most and did you enjoy the love interest? Was there enough?
Did you recognise any the characters and who they might be based on?
Did you enjoy how the lives of the characters are intertwined and were you happy with the ending?
How does 'London, Burning' compare to any of his other novels read by the group (such as 'Curtain Call')?

CHRISTMAS AT COLD COMFORT FARM

MISSED OPPORTUNITY

Has any one in your group read ‘Cold Comfort Farm’ (or seen on TV) and how endearing was the festive story in this collection? Did you want more?
Did this collection lead you to explore more about Stella Gibbons and how do you think her own life and upbringing affected the nature of her stories?
In what ways has society moved on from the 1930s? And what aspects if any would you like to keep?
What relationships bothered or shocked you? Did you feel any of these these stories were too dated such as ‘Cake’?
With the absence of TV, books were coveted and libraries a much loved destination. Is this a good thing?
Are there places like Delthenham that still exist? Have you ever felt like an outsider?
How and why do these stories still resonate today?

THE WATCHMAKER OF FILIGREE STREET

THE WILD CARD