Book Group

The group, which began during lockdown in 2020, has enjoyed discussing such diverse books as 'The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry' by Rachel Joyce, 'Dare to be a Daniel' a memoir by Tony Benn, and 'Let us Dream' by Pope Francis.

We have also discussed a novel, 'Fate & Faith', written by William Wood, a member of our church community. Everyone was invited in November 2021 to listen to William talk about his novel set in wartime Europe. He gave a talk about he came to write it together which was followed by discussion on the human and religious issues underlying a very human story.

William writes......

‘Fate & Faith’ is set at the beginning of World War II. The heroine, Ruth, is from a Jewish family in Northern France and is blessed with a lovely singing voice. Her parents send her to Krakow in Poland to escape the attentions of an amorous music teacher and the rise of Hitler across the border in Germany. Ruth flourishes and has romantic adventures in Krakow but, as we know, her family were tragically wrong to think Poland safer than France. The Germans invade, the courageous Poles defend their homeland, and some escape. Ruth lives on under the Nazi occupation. She feels she has made some terrible mistakes, but by the end of the book achieves a kind of redemption. I won’t spoil the ending!

Some people have been so kind as to say it’s an enthralling story. I hope you will like the characters and admire the brave people of Poland.

For future dates of the Book Group meetings please see the calendar. For further information regarding the Book Group please contact Revd Jonathan Andrew on 01372 479776 or at