Thursday, 16 September 2010

Christine Coleman

Castle Vale Library Reading Group had the pleasure of welcoming local author, Christine Coleman to their September meeting today and it really was a pleasure! We had been reading her novel "The Dangerous Sports Euthanasia Society" and were keen to hear her talk about how she came to write a book whose heroine is seventy five years old when she is so obviously much, much, younger than that, five years after the book was published!
We heard about her realisation when she was approaching fifty, that it was time to take risks
and discover what she was capable of.
The story is about Agnes, recently widowed, who is dumped in an old people's home by her son
Jack, who has split up with his wife and has a new and demanding partner etc., etc., This means
that Agnes no longer sees her grandchildren (who live with their mother Lucy who also has a troubled relationship) so Agnes decides to escape from the home (by climbing out of the window) and setting off to find her grandchildren. This leads to an hilarious and at the same time moving adventure, during which she invents the Dangerous Sports Euthanasia Society! It would be a shame to spoil the story by saying more. We unanimously enjoyed it.
We then had the pleasure (we seem to have had a lot of pleasure today) to hear Chistine read
passages from and tell us about her new book Paper Lanterns, partly inspired by a cache of love
letters written in China in the 1920's by two separate women to the same man. I can't wait to
start reading it this evening. In the meantime if your appetite is whetted you can find out more
on Christine's website So far I have only briefly scanned the site but look forward to returning to follow the items that have intrigued me on that first visit

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