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Sunday, 24 May 2015

Crime novel is compulsive read

THE Hexham Forum Book Group met recently to discuss the Scandinavian thriller Betrayal by Karin Alvetegen.

Alvetegen is one of Sweden’s most popular and acclaimed crime writers and this new publication of her 2003 novel is a compulsive read which I’m quite sure most of us will have consumed in one go, being particularly hard to put down.

Meanwhile, the Durham Book Festival has provided lots of food for thought particularly in the field of non-fiction; Melanie Challenger’s talk about On Extinction was fascinating and illuminating; the book is based on her visits to abandoned whaling stations in South Georgia, the reducing icescapes of Antarctica and the Inuit camps in the Arctic.

Through the story of her journey, she traces the links between human activities and environmental collapse, weaving together ideas about cultural and biological extinction.

Meanwhile there is a veritable feast of films based on books (that most book groups have read) with We need to talk about Kevin, The Help and a new Wuthering Heights all soon to be released, so lots to keep us all talking about literature through the winter months.

For more information on the book group please go to hexhambookgroup.wordpress.com

Susie Troup