TARS Book Group

Elizabeth Williams is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Book Group TARS discussion
Time: Oct 23, 2021 06:00 PM London

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Announcing a social reading and discussion group with a particular purpose. This initiative arose from remarks by Mike Bender in Sunlight and Shadows to the effect that Ransome’s books had dropped out of the public eye or the ‘cultural conversation’ and ceased to have relevance in the world of current children’s literature. The idea behind the Book Group is therefore to raise the profile of Ransome’s books by developing a link between them and present-day children’s books – while providing an enjoyable reading experience and discussion forum for interested TARS members, possibly leading to the announcement of an annual shortlist and maybe an ‘award’ of our own.

We will focus on new and recently-published books that reflect the ‘Spirit of Swallows and Amazons’ – a discussion topic in its own right, but likely candidates will be books that celebrate initiative, action, challenge and achievement, co-operation, comradeship and capability, probably in an outdoor setting. Our selections will be culled initially from the shortlists of existing children’s book award schemes, including the Carnegie, the Costa Children’s Book Awards and schemes run for schools by county council
education departments, such as Cumbria and Oxford. Suggestions from members will also be welcome.

Our initial reading list is Voyage of the Sparrowhawk by Natasha Farrant, Spylark by Danny Rurlander and Lark by Anthony McGowan. All are in the TARS Library.
Discussion will be initially via blogs on the TARS website, plus the occasional Zoom meeting.
There’s an organising team: Amanda Ardagh-Walter (nickandamanda1558@gmail.com) will keep the membership list and contact members for Zoom meetings – email her if you’d like to join.
Elizabeth Williams (finnsarah1990@aol.com)will be bookfinder general – contact her if you want to suggest a title for the list. Diana Wright will look after the website side. Peter Willis will be general co-ordinator.

Links to the pages for each of the books for this summer are here. please use the comments boxes until I can get the page to support a proper blog. (Can’t get the staff!):

Voyage of the Sparrowhawk