Uxbridge Library 2018

Uxbridge Library had a very busy 2018. Here are a few of our highlights!

 

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We’ve dressed like witches, read like pirates, danced traditional Polish dances and met scary dragons, we’ve heard the story of A Christmas Carol, enjoyed music from Brunel students, Handbell Ringers, St. Andrew’s School Choir and local performers at our Open Mic nights, we’ve remembered the history of women, Hillingdon, Poland, WWI and more!

Here’s to 2019 and many more library adventures!

 

By Mark (Uxbridge Library)

Reading Group Review – Now You See Me by Sharon Bolton

After a rainy morning Botwell Green Library Reading Group met to discuss

Now You See Me: Lacey Flint Series, Book 1 by [Bolton, Sharon] ‘Now You See Me’ by Sharon Bolton.

We had a wide-ranging discussion and apart from Christmas films, the subjects we touched up on including; homelessness, houseboats and Jack the ripper, were all raised because of this book. The first in the series of the Lacey Flint crime fiction novels: A savage murder on London’s streets, 120 years to the day since Jack the Ripper claimed his first victim. A crime with all the hallmarks of a copycat killer. DC Lacey Flint must outwit a psychopath whose infamous role model has never been found…

As a group we enjoyed the book from cover to cover and rated the story as good.
We would recommend this book to those who enjoy crime fiction but had reservations reading the author again (though not me, I’m on book 4 and think they’re great!)
Individual reviews were varied:
“I would only read this author to save my life” – MW
“I’d watch it on TV if it was a film” – J
Two more considered leaving the book as they don’t like crime fiction but were pleasantly surprised:
“Halfway through, the plot thickened and full lessons on Jack the Ripper ensued but the connection to the story was made clearly throughout the book. Initially the chapters regarding events 11 years ago were confusing but the connection was revealed. Though there were some gaps, Sharon Bolton tied all the loose ends together. It was an easy read and I finished it quickly” – R
“The Story became intriguing when parallels with the ripper were drawn – all the characters well developed and the suspense of  the two sisters identity being well hidden forced one to read on. Simply written, simple story and entertaining” – MM
As for me, I’m pleased that after a difficult read last month, I found this month’s a page-turner. Fans of MJ Arlidge should enjoy this series, available to borrow from Hillingdon libraries.
Next month we discuss non-fiction title The Hare With Amber Eyes, a memoir by Edmund de Waal. Billed as: part treasure hunt, part saga, I’m hoping this award winner is a popular distraction from “Christmas overload”.
Next meeting is at 2pm Friday 4 January 2019. Copies still available.