Clara Library Book Club


 Clara Book Club meets the first Friday of every month at 10.30am in Clara Library.

Next meeting date to be confirmed.

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Previous reads


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 A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

Previous Reads

The husband's secret

The husband’s secret by Liane Moriarty

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How to be both by Ali Smith

Necessary Lies

Necessary lies by Diane Chamberlain

The storyteller

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

Review: 'Not an enjoyable read. Too fictional!Far too long for the message conveyed. Didn 't enjoy the story. The World War 2 theme has been portrayed better in other books.'

The bathing women

The bathing women by Tie Nang and translated by Hongling Zhang and Jason


Review: It was really hard work getting to the end of this.  Learned nothing from the book historically or socially.  History theme not developed and characters not developed.


The Truth about the Harry QubertAffair by Joel Dicker

 The invention of wings

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Will Self Shark

Shark by Will Self

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Into the night sky by Caroline Finnerty

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The thrill of it all by Joseph O'Connor

Reviews -

"excellently written - fantastic English.  Joseph’s supreme intelligence shines through.  Interesting story re band etc but didn’t find it to be a story that was compelling.  Too much information at times


The Crocodile by the door by Selina Guinness

Reviews: Most people found the book an easy and enjoyable read.   We can visualise family life and the estate.  A book that can be picked up and put down but still be able to keep up with story.

“The Secret Place,” by Tana French

The secret place by Tana French

Reviews: 'Not a favourite – too much detail.'

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Hanging with the Elephant by Michael Harding

Reviews: 'Nice thoughts, simply put.'

'Relaxing reading, treats death nicely and passionately.'

City of Women by David Gillham

Reviews: 'Another brilliant insight into events in Berlin during WW2.  This book relates the bleak lives of women in the city during the war, the part they played – helping people on both sides at times.  It projected a very stark picture.  A very good read!!'

This House is Haunted by John Boyne

This House is Haunted by John Boyne

Half of a yellow sun

Half of a yellow sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The black eyed blonde by Benjamin Black

The Black Eyed Blonde by Benjamin Black –

Reviews: 'Kind of predictable (now that we have read the other ones) but easy reading. 

'Not a great “detective” story.'

The house we grew up in by Lisa Jewell

The house we grew up in by Lisa Jewell

Reviews: 'A very interesting read – great issues also. 

'Really liked it.'

The scent of death by

The scent of death by Andrew Taylor.


The moment by Douglas Kennedy

The moment by Douglas Kennedy

Reviews: 'Loved the Berlin theme', 'Loved the historical background'. Some found it enjoyable and some found it long and boring.

In one person

In one person by John Irving. 


Aids was the dominant theme overall.  It dealt with all kinds of relationships in the Gay community.”

If I read only the last 70 pages it would be adequate. “

Not our type of book – no offence intended.”

A most wanted man by John le Carre

A most wanted man by John le Carre