Eller Coffee Book Review. The Hand That First Held Mine

7/2/2012 The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O’Farrell Score: 8/10   We thought that ‘The Help’ would be hard to beat but this beautiful and captivating story put up a good fight.   The Novel is told from the perspectives of two very different young women: Lexie Sinclair is a university drop-out who runs away from her stifling parents and younger siblings in rural Devon to seek excitement in 1950’s Soho. In direct contrast to this we are moved to present -day London where an … [Read more...]

Why Read? by Kylie Tilford

I remember life before the CD and DVD. Heck, I remember the glorious summer that my dad borrowed a new-fangled ‘Beta-Max’ video player (yeah… I know!) from a mate at work. I actually made myself sick as a result of days reclining on the sofa watching movie after movie. How I laughed at my Grandmas’ stories of how “… everyone crowded into a house to watch ’The Coronation’ on a screen the size of a postage stamp…”  Now I have to explain Vinyl and Audio tape to teenagers who sneer at me with an … [Read more...]

Book Review: The Help by Kathryn Stockett

10/1/2012 The Help by Kathryn Stockett, at Eller.Coffee Book Club Score: 9.5/10 It’s the first time a book has produced (virtually) a unanimous thumbs up!   The Novel is set in the Deep South in the early 1960’s and focuses on a group of women who live side by side but whose lives are diametrically opposed. Stockett introduces the reader to the African American maids who enable the wealthy white women to maintain an idyllic existence. These maids are treated with prejudice and bigotry – … [Read more...]

The Word, ECBC

The Word: Eller Coffee Book Club. It’s hard to believe that that the ‘Book Club’ is now entering its third year. When we started in in January 2010 all we hoped to do was to meet new people and share our love of reading. As time has passed we have seen our numbers grow and together have welcomed guest authors and hosted events for World Book Night. Our members range from 18 to 70 and beyond (I’m too polite to ask a ladies age!) and, between us, we come from varied backgrounds and bring with us … [Read more...]

Creative Photos

Talented student photographer Chloe Elizabeth Dill talks about her passion for the art. I think I've always been interested in photography but I only knew it when it came to choosing my GCSE options at the end of year nine. I have always had a love for art and design, and after I chose photography for a GCSE option I started growing a passion for it. Being behind a camera is something that I can remember enjoying, and recently I have been trying new things such as levitations and various … [Read more...]