All meetings have been cancelled because of Coronavirus. This decision will reviewed at the end of April.
Standon and Cotes Heath WI is a member of Eccleshall Library Reading Club. This means that we can borrow multiple copies of books for a small fee. We have decided that we are happy with a 'lottery' approach to the loans as it enabled us read books by authors we not have normal have chosen. Being a member of a book club is a new concept to some and it can feel like having to finish the book in time for the meeting, however, there is no pressure to do this. We meet in members' homes and whilst the evening is to discuss the book we have read it also allows us to indulge in tea, cake and chat!
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January 16th All Creatures Great and Small Author; James Herriot Overall Score: 8 (out of 10) This is a story which describes the life of a Veterinary practice around the 1930’s in the Yorkshire Dales. Herriot captures the spirit of the Yorkshire farming characters with graphic descriptions of animal health problems and how as Veterinary Surgeons, they struggle to treat each animal in many different circumstances. Herriot describes the experiences of a newly qualified vet working with farming characters who have their own thoughts and actions to manage their stock. The author depicts the Veterinary team and their attitudes to each other and their work with an insight in the development of a loving relationship for the young Vet. Most of the group had either read the book before or watched the TV series produced back in the 1970’s. For some of the group, having watched the TV series they found to their surprise the characters in the book were different to the TV series. They found it difficult not to use the the TV characters in their mind whilst reading the book, rather than using the character description that Herriot used. Some members felt that some of the experiences were similar in nature, and felt it was written very much like a diary. Many of the members found it an amusing and interesting read and enjoyed it immensely. They liked the descriptive nature that Herriot had adopted, to depict the different conditions and problems the Veterinary team experienced. The most members felt that the book was well written and all felt that the descriptions of the Dales gave the reader a realistic feel of the countryside they worked in.