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Bar Bar Book Club: When A Monster Calls

The latest Bar Bar Book Club read was When A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. We all thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Bar Bar Book Club gave A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness 5 stars!

Bar Bar Book Club gave A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness 5 stars!

When choosing When a Monster Calls by Patrick Ness we didn't realise that the book itself was teen fiction. The lady at the local library questioned one of our book club members, "Are you sure you want to read that?". We weren't put off and read the book anyway. In all honesty, we thought this book was a great all-rounder suitable for all age groups.

"Most of our members managed to read the whole thing in an afternoon!"

In our discussion, we mentioned how lovely and well rounded the book was, very well written and a clever metaphor of life and death was threaded throughout. One member mentioned how it would be an ideal introduction for death and separation to a younger audience.

Ness depicts lovely imagery and storytelling through the eyes of the young protagonist hit by the grief of letting go of his mother and accepting the fact that she will never recover from cancer.

What struck us was the fact that the protagonist was a young male which made the discussion about emotions and loss that little bit harder. What was touched upon was the interesting relationship between the young boy and his grandmother. It was very honest and showed how not all grandmothers are softly spoken or full of treats, but are actually the parents of our own parents and who still struggle with letting their own children go.

We agreed the 'Yew' tree was not a monster at all, but almost a focus of comfort; a guardian to help the young boy find his own acceptance in life and aid his journey in growing up.

"We rated the book very highly with 5 stars!"

Please come to our next Bar Bar Book Club meeting, open and free to all on Monday 21st October, 8:00pm, we will be discussing Animal by Sarah Pascoe. We also have our Bar Bar Bookworms meeting on Thursday 17th October 4:30pm-5:30pm, aimed at children 5+, we will be discussing The Nothing to see here Hotel by Steven Butler.

Until next time ...


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About Georgia Tillery-Randak ...


Georgia grew up in Milton Keynes interested in drama and performance from a young age. She left MK to attend LIPA (Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts) where she studied Community Drama.

During her time in Liverpool, she absorbed the Arts and Culture scene of the city and feel in love with vibrancy and diversity of the arts there. She also studied at ITI (International Theatre Institute) in Singapore where she observed and researched mime and physical theatre as part of a placement.

On returning to Milton Keynes after graduating, along with Danny, they set up Black Sheep Collective CIC in order to fill the gap in the arts scene of Milton Keynes.

Since setting up the organisation, Georgia has written and directed several fringe theatre shows including 'Where's Alice?' and 'Who's Alice?' a twisted adaptation of Alice in Wonderland and most recently 'The Cagebirds' by David Campton. She has established her own style of work nurturing and guiding young talent. She manages and facilitates the Black Sheep creative learning and community outreach program both in Milton Keynes and Northampton.

Georgia is always striving to push the boundaries with her work, allowing opportunities for an audience to question and challenge their beliefs also with an alternative dark twist.


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