An update

Mar 30, 2015 | 1 comment


Went to a U3A committee meeting this morning and hacked away all the way through, goodness only knows what they thought. And one of them is an ex-GP!

After that I went off to an appointment at my own GP. He had a listen to my wheezy, bubbly, chest and announced that I had bronchitis. No wonder I feel so crap. Have now had 2 penicillin pills and am hoping for a miracle tomorrow! Have tonight to get through yet, have been having to sit up in a chair all night, feeling miserable and very sorry for myself, as every time I lay down, I can’t stop coughing.

Hmm, just read the NHS page on it, and it says that a GP won’t usually prescribe antibiotics as bronchitis is mostly caused by a virus. I’ll have to wait and see if they have any affect then I suppose.

I have just finished my new U3A book club book. Last year, the WI book club read The Room, a powerful, and tense, thriller by Emma Donoghue. It is mostly written in the first person from the viewpoint of a 5 year old boy. He lives in Room with his mum, and you have to work out as you go on just why they live there and when I did, the shock really hit home. I would love to tell you about it, but I don’t want to spoil it if you decide to read it. It lived on in my memory for ages, always a sign of a good book for me. I have given the link here, but be aware that the reviews at the top give away the ‘secret’, that if you aren’t aware of it when you start the book make it a much richer read.

On the basis of that experience, I recommended to the U3A book group another of Emma Donaghue’s books, Life Mask. I wasn’t well at the time, so didn’t research it first and when it arrived, from the cover, I thought, Oh No! It’s a bodice ripper! It’s set in the late 18th Century and follows the lives of Anne Seymour Damer, a sculptor, the 12th Earl of Derby and Eliza Farren, an actress. It took me a while to realise that it is like Wolf Hall, and based on real people and events, with invented conversations. I found it had the same irritation of trying to work out what was real, and what invented, distracting, particularly when innermost thoughts and feelings were involved. It isn’t a book I would ever have picked up, so very different from Room, I double checked I had got the author name right.

I have literally just finished it and I still haven’t decided if I liked it or not. It was certainly well written and the characters well drawn. On the whole though, I would rather have read a more modern novel.


1 Comment

  1. Sarah

    The room looks very interesting I’ve requested it from the library hopefully I won’t have to long to wait.

    Sorry to hear you have bronchitis, I hope you recover quickly.

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