Monster run for Frankenstein readers

Crosspool Bookclub
Crosspool Bookclub

“OUR first book was The French Lieutenant’s Woman, by John Fowles, and we are currently reading Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley.”

Sue Newman is one of the founders of the 31-year-old Sheffield book group.

“We take it in turns to decide each month,” she adds. We read books you would never dream of picking up otherwise.”

The group was created by Jane Bates, who was doing an English Literature degree at university, and now lives in France. “We all knew each other from the folk scene,” says Sue, who lives in Walkley, and works front-of-house at Sheffield Theatres. “A few of us were in a clog dance group, Sheffield Celebrated Clog.

“There have been as many as ten in the group and there were eight for a long time. For the last 11 years there have been six, and four are original members. We are staying with the six. We know each other so well. It would be unfair for any new people to come.”

Sue was there at the start with two other retired teachers, Mary Fairclough and Judith Wilford, and Margaret Seaman, who used to work in the NHS. They are now joined by another retired teacher, Val Civico, and Margaret Little, who has retired from the NHS.

The group has read more than 300 books.

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