At our 2nd anniversary book club meeting in September 2012, everyone filled out a questionnaire.

So  this is WHO – WE – ARE

We are a dietician, a history and geography teacher, a special needs assistant/computer teacher, a stay-at-home Mom/Guest  House start-up, a public  servant, a domestic engineer/Golf club receptionist, a book-keeper/stay-at-home-Mom and a solicitor.


Our all-time favourite books include:

  • The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry
  • The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright
  • Heidi by Johanna Spyri
  • Sleeping Beauty by the Brothers Grimm
  • Pilgrim
  • The Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo
  • The Pillars of The Earth by Ken Follett
  • The Day of the Triffids by John Windham
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Pride and Prejudice  by Jane Austen
  • How to be a domestic Goddess by Nigella Lawson
  • The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
  • That’s not my Donkey
  • Big Fellow, Long Fellow by T. Ryle Dwyer
  • Run Fat Bitch Run by Ruth Field
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  • How to Eat by Nigella Lawson

Our favourite authors:

  • Philippa Gregory
  • Nicholas Sparks
  • Paulo Coehlo
  • Ken Follett
  • Jennifer O’Connell
  • Patricia Scanlon
  • Mary Higgins Clarke
  • Anne Enright
  • John Wyndham
  • Jane Austen
  • Ben Elton
  • Agatha Christie
  • Douglas Coupland


When we’re not working or looking after our children or husbands or doing all three, we like to spend our time doing pilates, aerobics, cooking, running, eating out, movies, walking, traveling, tennis sailing, blogging, daytripping, aqua fit, yoga, web design and music. Hobbies that are end of life due to our hectic lifestyles now include windsurfing, swimming and hiking.


Apart from one book club member who is either very tidy or organised or up to date with her reading and has no books on her locker, there is a stack 29 books and 2 e-readers high on our collective bedside lockers. They include the last three  book club books, Kitchen Diaries by Nigel Slater, Run Fat Bitch Run by Ruth Field, The Sense of an Ending, a kindle, The Sister’s  Brother, BBC Good Food  – Slow Cooker favourites, BBC Good Food – Speedy Suppers, Toddler Taming by John Green, ‘some nursery rhyme book’, Annabel Karmel’s  Toddler Meals, Baby-led WeaningWhy men don’t listen and women can’t read maps, The Baby Whisperer, The Sense of an Ending, What to Expect when you’re Expecting, Making babies, Octobiography by David Marcus, Rattle Bag  of Poetry, Colours DK childrens book, Boxer Beetle x2, The Marriage Bureau for Rich People, Dear Zoo, The Hunger Games, A Game of Thrones and a Nook.


Our most favourite place to read is in bed, a deck-chair in the sun, preferrably Italy, anywhere quiet- usually bed or sunroom, bed or couch with coffee and chocolate when kids are asleep/away and the sunroom couch.

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