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The Wartime Book Club by Kate Thompson #Review

  The Wartime Book Club is a marvellous historical novel set on Jersey in World War Two. Written by Kate Thompson , it was published by Hodder $ Stoughton on February 13th. Jersey, 1943. Once a warm and neighbourly community, now German soldiers patrol the cobbled streets, imposing a harsh rule on the people of the island. Grace La Mottée, the island's only librarian, is ordered to destroy books which threaten the new regime. Instead, she hides the stories away in secret. Along with her headstrong best friend, postwoman Bea Rose, she wants to fight back. So she forms the wartime book club: a lifeline, offering fearful islanders the joy and escapism of reading. But as the occupation drags on, the women's quiet acts of bravery become more perilous - and more important - than ever before. And, when tensions turn to violence, they are forced to face the true, terrible cost of resistance . . . Based on astonishing real events, The Wartime Book Club is a love letter

Play: The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare


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Performed at the Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Garden Theatre by the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford Upon Avon and directed by Phillip Breen. 

It was wonderful to be able to go to the new, temporary Garden Theatre which has been built near the Swan Theatre, Stratford upon Avon and to experience a Royal Shakespeare Company production once more. We were lucky. The weather was kind to us and the whole evening was a delight! The Comedy of Errors was first performed in 1594. I have never seen it performed before but was struck by how lively and natural the dialogue seemed.




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Despite the ever-present COVID restrictions with mask wearing and one way systems, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the theatres again- The Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the Swan Theatre. The following day, we walked past the Other Place and it all looked to be safe and sound, waiting to re-open. Watching a play outside is an experience in itself. We started in bright sunshine, by a miracle, and gradually saw the evening dusk come on and the lights go up. The stage looked totally different under the lights in the dark but each had their own atmosphere and the final reunion at sunset was doubly apt. You were always aware of the audience and it emphasised the connection between the actors and the people sitting so close.
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    Of course, you have to suspend belief and take at face value all the good luck, chance meetings and mistaken identity situations which fill the play, with its pair of separated twins.Separation and reunion was at its heart, with the emphasis not just on separated siblings, but also on searching within yourself for all elements of your true self. When the Antipholus pair find each other, you are struck by how unsure they seem about this, unlike the Dromios who embrace and reunite in joy. It was a true ensemble piece with everyone playing their part. The live music enhanced the action and at times, punctuated the story for you. It lived up to its title, with standout comic timing from the Dromios. 

All I can add is that we will be back!

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