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Thursday, 12 February 2009

Reading Group

I was invited to visit the La Marina Reading Group this afternoon. They discussed The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory; some liked it, others didn’t. Dislike mainly centred on the fact the story was told from more than one perspective. Most thought it was enlightening and the readers came away with new facts and information about the period. I talked briefly about my two books, Pain Wears No Mask and The Prague Manuscript and widened the discussion to query if anyone had read a western or science fiction. Happily, one lady had just finished St Agnes’s Stand by Thomas Eidson – a marvellous book – and admitted that she had been pleasantly surprised to find she enjoyed a western. Many raved over The Time Traveler’s Wife and they preferred the classic SF of Wyndham and Wells. My message was, please don’t pigeonhole genres – try something new and you might be surprised. An interesting couple of hours. They took me up on my recommendation for their reading list - Poisoned Petals by Andy Crabb - 44 short stories set in Spain.

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