Monday Evening Book Club October Selection

The Monday Evening Book Club will meet in the 2nd floor Training Room on Monday, October 17 at 7 pm. This month we’re discussing The Evening Chorus by Helen Humphreys.

About the book

Resigned to living out the Second World War in a German POW camp, James Hunter, an the evening chorusEnglish officer, begins studying a pair of redstarts near the camp. His interest in the birds captures the attention of the Kommandant and gives James cause to fear for his life. Meanwhile, back in England, James’s young wife, Rose, falls headlong into a passionate affair with another man. When James’s sister, Enid, is bombed out of her London flat, she comes to stay with Rose, and the two women form a surprising friendship that alters the course of both of their lives.

With wonderfully developed characters, exquisitely shaped by and reflected in the natural world, The Evening Chorus is a brilliant, beautiful evocation of place and a natural history of both the war and the human heart. (Publisher)

Helen Humphreys on The Evening Chorus and the solitary act of writing

Helen Humphreys on writing historical fiction

Q and A with Helen Humphreys (The Globe and Mail)

Review in the The Globe and Mail

Review in the National Post

John Buxton (ornithologist)

Birdmen of the German Stalags

Airmen’s memorial on Ashdown Forest

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