Book club shortlist

A couple of times a year we put together a shortlist of books and our (Women Aloud St Albans) members vote on the ones they’d like to read for our monthly book club. If you’re local to St Albans and want to come along to our monthly book club you can reserve your place here [read more]

New book club shortlist

A couple of times a year we put together a shortlist of books and our (Women Aloud St Albans) members vote on the ones they’d like to read for our monthly book club.  If you’re local to St Albans and want to come along to our monthly book club you can reserve your place on meetup. If you can’t join us in person; we’ll [read more]

Book review | The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood

The novel we discussed at September’s book club was ‘The Darkest Secret’ – written by Alex Marwood; the author of bestseller ‘The Wicked Girls’ and ‘The Killer Next Door’ (which is being adapted for film.) On a quick digression, Alex Marwood is actually not a real person. The author’s real name is Serena Mackesy and she first became [read more]

Book review | Try Not to Breathe by Holly Seddon

For our February book club, we met at The Hare & Hounds pub and the book we discussed was Try Not to Breathe by Holly Seddon. The book is a bestselling psychological thriller that tells the story of two women whose lives unexpectedly become intertwined around an unsolved crime… “Alex is sinking. Slowly but surely, [read more]

2018 book club shortlist | Part 1

A couple of times a year we put together a shortlist of books and our (Women Aloud St Albans) members vote on the ones they’d like to read for our monthly book club. The list includes books suggested by our members and those that have been bestsellers, up for literary awards, recommended by other book clubs or popular picks on sites like goodreads. If you’re local to [read more]

November book club – The Girl Before

St Albans book club… The book we’ll discuss at our November book club is The Girl Before by JP Delaney. “Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultra-minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules. After moving in, [read more]

September book club – Island of Secrets

St Albans book club… The book we’ll discuss at our September book club is Island of Secrets by Patricia Wilson. “All her life, London-born Angelika has been intrigued by her mother’s secret past. Now planning her wedding, she feels she must visit the remote Crete village her mother grew up in. Angie’s estranged elderly grandmother, Maria, is [read more]

July book club – His Bloody Project

St Albans book club… The book we’ll discuss at our July book club is His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet. “The year is 1869. A brutal triple murder in a remote community in the Scottish Highlands leads to the arrest of a young man by the name of Roderick Macrae. A memoir written by the accused [read more]

What to read next? Here’s our latest book club shortlist [Part 2]

A couple of times a year we put together a shortlist of books and our (Women Aloud St Albans) members vote on the ones they’d like to read for our monthly book club. The list includes books suggested by our members and those that have been bestsellers, up for literary awards, recommended by other book clubs or popular picks on sites like goodreads. Members of our Women [read more]

May book club | I’m travelling alone

St Albans book club… The book we’ll discuss at our May book club is I’m travelling alone by Samuel Bjork. (The book is currently on offer with Amazon as part of their 3 paperbacks for £10 deal.) “When the body of a young girl is found hanging from a tree, the only clue the police have is an airline tag around [read more]

We don’t just talk about books

If you’ve been to one of our book clubs before, you know that we don’t just talk about the book. If you haven’t joined us then it’s only fair to confess that occasionally our conversations veer off on tangents. We do come back to the book but along the way we make a few pit-stops. [read more]

June book club | Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon

St Albans book club… The book we’ll discuss at our June book club is Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon. (The book is currently on offer with Amazon as part of their 3 paperbacks for £10 deal.) “Bryony Gordon has OCD. It’s the snake in her brain that has told her ever since she was a teenager that her world is about to [read more]

It’s time for a personal MOT

I’m reviewing my to do list. You know the one I mean – the one that’s partly jumbled in your head, partly scribbled in haste on the back of an old receipt and partly noted (in your best handwriting) on that spanking new list pad you purchased (when you had good intentions of getting your to-dos together in one [read more]

What to read next? Here’s our book club shortlist [Part 1]

A couple of times a year we put together a shortlist of books and our (Women Aloud St Albans) members vote on the ones they’d like to read for our monthly book club. The list includes books suggested by our members and those that have been bestsellers, up for literary awards, recommended by other book clubs or popular picks on sites like goodreads. Members of our Women [read more]

April book club | The Muse by Jessie Burton

St Albans book club… The book we’ll discuss at our April book club is The Muse by Jessie Burton, the million-copy bestselling author of The Miniaturist. (The Muse is currently on offer on Amazon as part of their 3 paperbacks for £10 deal.) “On a hot July day in 1967, Odelle Bastien climbs the stone steps of the Skelton [read more]

January book club | A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled

Don’t hate me…but I’m talking about 2017 already! We have a date for our first book club of next year – Tuesday 17th January. And the book we’ll discuss is A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled by Ruby Wax. If you get a chance to start the book before the end of the year, you may find that useful [read more]

Dinner party cheat – traybaked chicken

Women Aloud tries traybaked chicken and veg… The neighbours were coming for dinner at Women Aloud HQ. Panic. I am no Nigella (in any aspect of life!) so cooking for six was stressing me out a little. I had to be honest with myself, I’d likely leave everything to the last minute and have a couple of [read more]