Book for February 2024
A Complicated Matter by Anne Youngson
1939, London: From McPhail's Passage to Kensington's Grand Palace Hotel, Rose Dunbar is evacuated from her humble home on the Rock of Gibraltar and dropped into a chaotic city of falling bombs, perplexing class rules and bad weather. Despite being 'flagrantly foreign' to the locals, she becomes an efficient go-between for the upper-class ladies helping out with the war effort and her own tribe of noisy displaced families. It is only when she is shifted to the countryside to become secretary to the plain-speaking and sightless Major Inchbold that Rose's dizzying journey to womanhood will become more surreal than ever, as she drinks tea at the vicarage and stands up for the lower orders.
But Rose's greatest dilemma is yet to come, as she must decide where her home - and her heart - really lies. In Anne Youngson's wry and sublimely understated prose, this unique and beautiful story of love, class and belonging is also a profound and intimate meditation on what it takes to find our place in the world.
The book club meets monthly. Our next meeting is on Wednesday 28th February 2024 at 10.00am at the farm shop at Daylesford Organic.
Daylesford Book Club is a combined venture between Daylesford Organic and the Borzoi Bookshop. We meet at 10.00am in the farm shop on the last Wednesday of every month (excluding December).
Book Club books can be purchased from the Borzoi by clicking here. Book club members receive a 15% discount on the price of the book.
If you are interested please contact us.