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Staff Book Club meet to discuss critically acclaimed First World War novel

Staff Book Club meet to discuss critically acclaimed First World War novel

Staff members at Rydal Penrhos discussed their thoughts on a First World War novel as part of a new initiative.

As part of the newly formed Staff Book Club at the school, those participating were tasked with reading Strange Meeting by Susan Hill, which has been described as ‘A remarkable feat of imaginative and descriptive writing’ by The Times.

The classic novel centres on young officer John Hilliard, who returns to his battalion in France following a period of sick leave in England.

Despite having trouble adjusting to all the new faces, the stiff and reserved Hilliard forms a friendship with David Barton, an open and cheerful new recruit who has still to be bloodied in battle.

As the pair approach the front line, to the proximity of death and destruction, their strange friendship deepens. But each knows that soon they will be separated.

The group convened on Monday, December 4 to talk about their favourite aspects of the book, the journey Hilliard had to go through and what they took from the story.

This is the latest Book Club initiative organised at Rydal Penrhos by English and Drama teacher Fiona Earle, which has seen Junior, Middle School and Sixth Form clubs all formed since the start of the academic year.

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