Michelle was joined for this months Book Club by writer and journalist Sylvia Kent and guest writer, Christine Brewster.
Updates from Sylvia on Brentwood Writers Cirlce, Billericay Readers and The Society of Women Writers and Journalists.
INTERVIEW SYLVIA KENT & CHRISTINE BREWSTER
Michelle’s recommendation is THE GUEST LIST by LUCY FOLEY (read this on my holiday and couldn’t put it down!).
The bride – The plus one – The best man – The wedding planner – The bridesmaid – The body
On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. The groom: handsome and charming, a rising television star. The bride: smart and ambitious, a magazine publisher. It’s a wedding for a magazine, or for a celebrity: the designer dress, the remote location, the luxe party favors, the boutique whiskey. The cell phone service may be spotty and the waves may be rough, but every detail has been expertly planned and will be expertly executed.
But perfection is for plans, and people are all too human. As the champagne is popped and the festivities begin, resentments and petty jealousies begin to mingle with the reminiscences and well wishes. The groomsmen begin the drinking game from their school days. The bridesmaid not-so-accidentally ruins her dress. The bride’s oldest (male) friend gives an uncomfortably caring toast.
And then someone turns up dead. Who didn’t wish the happy couple well? And perhaps more important, why?
CHRISTINE BREWSTER is an American from Detroit, who was the previous Curator at the Cater Museum in Billericay and has written books about her wonderful dogs over the last few years. As I mentioned, she now lives in Maldon and here is a bit more about her background. Her current greyhound is called Ray and she and I have both been Trustees for the MP John Baron’s Charity Fun Walks since 2002. Chris always takes her greyhound on her walks and raises money for our charity.
Chris’s Rocky Books were originally written for her friend’s daughter, a special needs teacher. Chris’ lovely greyhounds came to work with her when she was carrying out her work at the top of the Museum up some very difficult stairs (for long legged Rocky), who then loved sitting under her chair in her office in the top floor before meeting visitors to the Museum.
While working in Billericay, she became familiar with the fundraisers of the Remus Horse Sanctuary. Nowadays, she still volunteers at Remus and Clark’s Farm Greyhound Rescue.