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Book Club is back

Book Club is back for 2021 and bigger than before. We have a Book Club group running at both libraries this year.

The Marlborough District Library (Blenheim) Book Club meets the last Thursday of each month at 6.30 pm.

The Picton Library Book Club meets the first Thursday of the month. Please email if you wish to attend.

We've included some of the titles discussed below.

The next Book Club meeting at Marlborough District Library (Blenheim) will be Thursday 25 February.

The next Book Club meeting at Picton Library will be Thursday 4 March.

Code name bananas by David Walliams

Children's fiction

1940. Britain is at war with Nazi Germany. Eleven-year-old Eric spends his days at the place that makes him most happy: London Zoo. And there's one animal in particular he loves: Gertrude the gorilla. With bombs falling all over London, Eric must rescue Gertrude. Together with his Uncle Sid, a keeper at the zoo, the three go on the run. But while hiding out at the seaside they uncover a top-secret Nazi plot. Join David Walliams on this action-packed, laugh-out-loud adventure for all the family!

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The German midwife by Mandy Robotham

Adult fiction

Germany, 1944. A prisoner in the labour camps, Anke Hoff is doing what she can to keep her pregnant campmates and their newborns alive. But when Anke's work is noticed, she is chosen for a task more dangerous than she could ever have imagined. Eva Braun is pregnant with the Führer's child, and Anke is assigned as her midwife. Before long, Anke is faced with an impossible choice. Does she serve the Reich she loathes and keep the baby alive? Or does she sacrifice an innocent child for the good of a broken world?

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The Gran tour: travels with my elders by Ben Aitken

Adult non-fiction 305.25 AIT

When Ben Aitken learnt that his gran had enjoyed a four-night holiday including four three-course dinners, four cooked breakfasts, four games of bingo, a pair of excursions, sixteen pints of lager and luxury return coach travel, all for a hundred pounds, he thought, that's the life, and signed himself up. Six times over. Good value aside, what Ben was really after was the company of his elders - those with more chapters under their belt, with the wisdom granted by experience, the candour gifted by time, and the hard-earned ability to live each day like it's nearly their last. A series of coach holidays ensued - from Scarborough to St Ives, Killarney to Lake Como - during which Ben attempts to shake off his thirty-something blues by getting old as soon as possible.

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No fixed line by Dana Stabenow

Adult fiction

'... though there is no fixed line between wrong and right, there are roughly zones whose laws must be obeyed.' It is New Year's Eve, nearly six weeks into an off-and-on blizzard that has locked Alaska down, effectively cutting it off from the outside world. But now there are reports of a plane down in the Quilak mountains. With the National Transportation Safety Board unable to reach the crash site, ex-Trooper Jim Chopin is pulled out of retirement to try to identify the aircraft, collect the corpses, and determine why no flight has been reported missing. But Jim discovers survivors: two children who don't speak a word of English. Meanwhile, PI Kate Shugak receives an unexpected and unwelcome accusation from beyond the grave, a charge that could change the face of the Park forever.

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Pandemic 1918: the story of the deadliest influenza in history by Catharine Arnold

Adult non-fiction (large print) 614.51 ARN

In the dying months of World War I, Spanish flu suddenly overwhelmed the world, killing between 50 and 100 million people. German soldiers termed it Blitzkatarrh, British soldiers called it Flanders Grippe, but globally the pandemic gained the notorious title of 'Spanish Flu'. Nowhere escaped this common enemy: in Britain, 250,000 people died, in the United States it was 750,000, five times its total military fatalities, while European deaths reached over two million. The numbers are staggering. Behind the numbers are human lives: those who suffered and fought in the hospitals and laboratories. Catharine Arnold traces the course of the disease via these remarkable people.

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In the shadow of Vesuvius by Tasha Alexander

Adult fiction

Lady Emily and her husband, Colin Hargreaves, have accompanied her friend Ivy Brandon on a trip to Pompeii. When they uncover a corpse and the police dismiss the murder as the work of local gangsters, Emily launches an investigation of her own. She seems to be aided by the archaeologists excavating the ruins, including a moody painter, the enigmatic site director, and a free-thinking American capable of sparring with even the Duke of Bainbridge. But each of them has secrets hiding among the ruins. When a young woman claims a shocking relationship to the Hargreaves family, Emily struggles to face an unsettling truth about Colin's past.

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