Murder they wrote!

Murder they wrote!

We were absolutely delighted to welcome Anja de Jager and Victoria Dowd to our March meeting where they talked about their lives as crime writers. They are both successful authors of crime fiction books and they both live in Barnes! Anja is well known for her Lotte...
February Book Club

February Book Club

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri is a sweeping novel, following some 50 years in the life of an Indian family. Growing up in Calcutta, brothers Subhash and Udayan were inseparable, but their lives diverged as they moved on to university. Udayan joined the radical,...
November Book Club

November Book Club

This month we read How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee. The novel is set in Singapore and is told from two different points of view. Firstly, an old lady, Wang Di, with flashbacks to her life as a comfort woman during the Japanese occupation and secondly, Kevin, a...
Instead of knit and natter……gin and chatter!

Instead of knit and natter……gin and chatter!

The gin and talk flowed when eight of us got together at Sue B’s to try out some gins – old and new.  We covered from Japan to India (well, the branding was overseas, the distilleries more local), and even more local with Kew Gardens, Chiswick House and...
October Book Club

October Book Club

This month we discussed A Respectable Trade by Philippa Gregory. This differs from Gregory’s Tudor and earlier novels, as it is set in a booming Bristol of 1787 and describes the immense human suffering caused by the triangular slave trade and the greed of merchants....
Archers star joins Barnes WI!

Archers star joins Barnes WI!

Buffy, a celebrated actress with many film and TV performances to her name, probably best known as Jolene in The Archers (who remembers the shower scene!!) came to talk to us for the evening. What a great speaker she is. We heard all about her life in Canada, where...
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