Saddleworth Women's Institute

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Book Group


Contact :  Cathy Wilde or Lesley Winrow

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We meet the second Wednesday of each month at The Conservative Club, Uppermill in the small room upstairs. Discussion starts at 7.30 pm. You are welcome to join us. Come along and see whats its all about, even if you haven't read the book for the month.



The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Helen Morris

The story of how Slovakian Jew Lali Sokolov fell in love with a girl he was tattooing at the concentration camp


Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant

The year is 1570, and in the convent of Santa Caterina, in the Italian city of Ferrara, noblewomen find space to pursue their lives under God’s protection. But any community, however smoothly run, suffers tremors when it takes in someone by force. And the arrival of Santa Caterina’s new novice sets in motion a chain of events that will shake the convent to its core.


Mr Penumbra's 24 hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Strange things are afoot at Mr Penumbra's 24 hour bookstore, an Escherian tower of shelves frequented by a series of odd customers who buy almost nothing, instead borrowing strange coded tomes by day and night


Funny Girl by Nick Hornby

A lively account of the adventures of the intrepid young Sophie Straw as she navigates her transformation from provincial ingénue to television starlet amid a constellation of delightful characters


The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh

historical novel set in Burma, Bengal, India, and Malaya, spans a century from the British invasion of Burma and the consequent fall of the Konbaung Dynasty in Mandalay, through the Second World War to late 20th century.


The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

It tells the story of two sisters in France during World War II, and their struggle to survive and resist the German occupation of France


Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor

On New Year’s Eve in an unnamed English village near Manchester, a visiting teenager named Becky disappears. Reservoir 13 follows the village for as many years as Becky had lived, allotting a chapter to each. As the thirteen years methodically tick by, the narrative drifts in and out of people’s lives, assembling a patchwork quilt of a community forever altered.


The Island by Victoria Hislop

From the thirties to the present day, it is a tale of four generations rent by war, illicit love, violence and leprosy.


Old Baggage by Lissa Evans

It is 1928. Matilda Simpkin, rooting through a cupboard, comes across a small wooden club – an old possession of hers, unseen for more than a decade.


This is going to hurt by Adam Kay

Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor


Patronising Bastards. How the Elites betrayed Britain by Quentin Letts

How Britain's out-of-touch, illiberal elite fills its boots.


The Party by Elizabeth Day

A terrible event at a 40th birthday celebration becomes the focus for a dark tale of lifelong obsession and jealousy.