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This Month's Picks

Mar 2023

Windswept & Interesting

Billy Connolly

I didn’t know I was Windswept and Interesting until somebody told me.


  1. What was your knowledge level of Billy Connolly prior to reading the book, and how does your opinion differ now?
  2. What did you think of the stream-of-conciousness writing style? Do you think Billy is a good storyteller? How does it compare to other autobiographies you may have read?
  3. Billy mentions that his shows were unscripted – what did you think of this? Do you think you could do something like that, unscripted? What does this say about Billy as a comedian, and as a person?
  4. What kind of influence does music have on Billy? Explain your answer.
  5. Billy speaks about the unfortunate abuse he suffered growing up. What affect does this have on Billy, and how does it shape him as a
  6. Do you have any particular favourite stories of Billy’s? 7. What does ‘windswept and interesting’ mean to you?

Mar 2023

The Shrine

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A murder for the history books...


  1. Do you think the characters’ life developments will change them going forwards? If so, how?
  2. DCI Ryan is motivated to solve crimes by justice. During The Shrine what else do you think motivates him to uncover the assailants?
  3. If you could visit one place mentioned in The Shrine, where would it be and why?
  4. We see Samantha become a more permanent character in Denise and Frank’s life – what affect has she had on their lives, both as a unit and as individuals?
  5. What would your predictions be for the team in the next book, Cuthbert’s Way?


February 2023 Recommendations

Book Lovers

Emily Henry

Sometimes, even when you start with the last page and you think you know everything, a book finds a way to surprise you.


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Northumberland National Park, which was an area of outstanding natural beauty in the northernmost uplands where England met the border with Scotland. It was ‘Reiver’ territory.

January 2023 Recommendations

Where The Crawdads Sing

Delia Owens

Nature had nurtured, tutored, and protected her when no one else would.


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Whether they admitted it or not, every person in the room wanted to be a part of something that was bigger and more important than themselves.


LJ Ross is an international bestselling author, whose books have sold over 8 million copies worldwide.

Her debut, Holy Island, was released in 2015 and became an instant, international bestseller. Since then, more than twenty of her novels have gone on to take the coveted #1 spot, some even before general release and whilst only available to ‘pre-order’. The Bookseller magazine has reported on Louise having topped the ‘Most Read’ and ‘Most Sold’ fiction charts, and she has garnered an army of loyal fans who love her atmospheric and addictive storytelling.

Her eleventh novel, The Infirmary, is a prequel story to the DCI Ryan series and is available as a major Audible Originals audio-drama starring Tom Bateman, Kevin Whately, Bertie Carvel, Hermione Norris and Alun Armstrong.

The first novel in her Alexander Gregory Thrillers series, Impostor, was shortlisted in the British Book Awards 2020: Crime & Thriller Book of the Year. The audiobook of Impostor, narrated by Hugh Dancy, was also selected as a finalist in the New York Festivals Radio Awards, Best Fiction Audiobook of the Year Category.

In May 2021, Louise was shortlisted for the prestigious Crime Writers’ Association ‘Dagger in the Library’ award, which recognises an author’s entire body of work having been consistently enjoyed by library borrowers around the United Kingdom, and an author’s longstanding support of libraries.

Louise was born in Northumberland, England. She studied undergraduate and postgraduate Law at King’s College, University of London and then abroad in Paris and Florence. She spent much of her working life in London, where she was a lawyer for a number of years until taking the decision to change career and pursue her dream to write. Now, she writes full time and lives with her husband and son in Northumberland and Edinburgh. She enjoys reading all manner of books, painting, travelling and spending time with family and friends.

To find out more about the many philanthropic ventures Louise has founded and sponsored through her publishing imprint, Dark Skies Publishing, please visit ‘Philanthropy’.

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