Walking Book Group

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Join our walking book group in 2019!

A first for York, our monthly walks are a great opportunity to share and talk about interesting books you have read, meet friendly local people and discover easy walks, places and the best cafes in York ūüôā

Three easy steps:

  • Read a book around a theme
  • Walk and talk about your book
  • Enjoy a chat in a caf√© afterwards

We offer some suggestions for books which come largely from the library catalogue, but there is no requirement to read any of these, feel free to bring memories of your own reading on the theme.

We meet 11am, first Thursday of the month. Our meeting place from January 2019 is outside York Explore on Museum Street. https://goo.gl/maps/SZPa7WU7v6K2

Everyone is welcome!

Thursday 4 April – the theme is Animals

This month’s suggestions:

Title My family and other animals
Author Durrell, Gerald, 1925-1995, author.
Abstract Amidst the olive groves and mountains of Corfu, the Durrell family live in chaotic harmony, welcoming a constant stream of eccentric visitors to their villa. This island paradise is described by the keen young naturalist, Gerald.
Title Beautiful animals
Author Osborne, Lawrence, 1958- author.
Abstract¬†During a white-hot summer on the idyllic Greek island of Hydra, two girls fall into each other’s lives to devastating effect. When Samantha, a young, impressionable American, meets Naomi, a Brit with a taste for danger, their relationship quickly takes on a special intensity. Amid the sun, sea and high society of island life, their imaginations are sparked when one day they find a young Arab man, Faoud, washed up on shore, a casualty of the crisis raging across the Aegean. But when their seemingly simple plan to help the stranger goes wrong, all must face the horrific consequences they have set in motion.

 Title Extinct animals
Author De la Bédoyère, Camilla, author.
Abstract¬†See some of the biggest, strangest and most fascinating of the world’s extinct animals as they are brought back to life in front of your very eyes, thanks to the Digital Magic of Augmented Reality. Using this book, the free app and a smartphone or tablet, you can see a woolly mammoth grow to full size, fly a Pteranodon around your bedroom, and much more!

Title We the animals
Author Torres, Justin, 1980-, 2012.
Abstract¬†Three brother tear their way through childhood, smashing tomatoes all over each other, building kites from rubbish, hiding from their parents’ fights.

Title How to find your spirit animals
Author Carson, David, 1937- author.
Abstract¬†This illuminating book explains how to connect with and channel the unique powers of 50 different spirit animals – a menagerie of creatures, from the wise owl and crafty fox to the tranquil turtle and bold lion. Each entry provides a detailed description of the animal’s personality, mythology and innate powers.

 Title Party animals : my family and other communists
Author Aaronovitch, David, author..
Abstract¬†In July 1961, Yuri Gagarin came to London. The Russian cosmonaut was everything the Aaronovitch family wished for – a popular and handsome embodiment of modern communism. But who were they, these ever hopeful, defiant and historically doomed people? They lived secretly with and parallel to the non-communist majority, sometimes persecuted, sometimes ignored, but carrying on their own ways and traditions. A memoir of early life among communists, ‘Party Animals’ first took David Aaronovitch back through his own memories of belief and action. But he found himself studying the old secret service files, uncovering the unspoken shame and fears that provided the unconscious background to his own existence as a party animal. Only then did he begin to understand what had come before – both the obstinate heroism and the monstrous cowardice.

Title Animals and us : do animals have rights?

Author Bingham, Jane.
Abstract Aimed at readers aged 8 and over, this is one of a series of titles dealing with social issues that can affect children, their families and their friends.

Title The animals among us : the new science of anthrozoology
Author Bradshaw, John, 1950- author.
Abstract¬†John Bradshaw examines modern humans’ often contradictory relationship with the animal world. Why, despite the apparent irrationality of keeping pets, do half of today’s American households, and almost that figure in the UK, have at least one pet (triple the rate of the 1970s)? Then again, why do we care for some animals in our homes, and designate others only as a source of food? Through these and many other questions, one of the world’s foremost anthrozoology experts shows that our relationship with animals is nothing less than an intrinsic part of human nature.

Title Are we smart enough to know how smart animals are?
Author Waal, F. B. M. de (Frans B. M.), 1948- author.
Abstract¬†What separates your mind from an animal’s? Maybe you think it’s your ability to design tools, your sense of self, or your grasp of past and future; all traits that have helped us define ourselves as the preeminent species on Earth. But in recent decades, these claims have been eroded, or disproven outright, by a revolution in the study of animal cognition. Based on research involving crows, dolphins, parrots, sheep, wasps, bats, whales, and of course chimpanzees and bonobos, Frans de Waal explores the scope and the depth of animal intelligence, revealing how we have grossly underestimated their abilities.

Title Animal Farm

Author Orwell, George

The most famous by far of all twentieth-century political allegories, Animal Farm is the account of a group of barnyard animals who revolt against their vicious human master, only to submit to a tyranny erected by their own kind, can fairly be said to have become a universal drama. Orwell is one of the very few modern satirists comparable to Jonathan Swift in power, artistry, and moral authority; in animal farm his spare prose and the logic of his dark comedy brilliantly highlight his stark message. Taking as his starting point the betrayed promise of the Russian Revolution, Orwell lays out a vision that, in its bitter wisdom, gives us the clearest understanding we possess of the possible consequences of our social and political acts.

 

Practicalities

These easy walks aim to be suitable for most ages and abilities. They are on pavements or good footpaths, mostly on the flat. They last around an hour with breaks if necessary. Please wear walking and mud-friendly shoes and bring waterproofs or sunscreen and water, depending on the forecast. We may adjourn to a cafe afterwards, depending on what the group wants to do.

Volunteer leaders!

We are looking for volunteers to help us run the walks, so do get in touch if you are interested – see volunteer role description here.

If you’d like to find out more, talk to us at yorkbikebelles@gmail.com or call 01904 274790.

“Beautiful way to spend an hour. Gave me a warm glow that lasted the rest of the day”. Katrina.

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