Reading for Wellbeing Virtual Book Group October

Book Cover of Rachel Wade's Crow's Haunt. Crow flies across historic room.

Last week the Virtual Book Group met to discuss Crow’s Haunt by Rachel Wade. It was the Virtual Book Group’s first author visit and it was such a wonderful evening that really flew by! Rachel told us about her inspirations for the novel, including her great-uncle’s stories about Mrs Thornton, the real-life woman that inspired the main character of Mrs Holden. Rachel went to great lengths to ensure that the book was as factually accurate as possible as well as being entertaining for readers and it was so fascinating to hear more about the history of York, including the Lendal Bridge collapse in the late Victorian period and the history of the railways in York. Rachel is currently working on her next book, which will also be set in Yorkshire, so we’re really excited to follow her progress on that. It was such a success that we are hoping to hold more authors events in the future – watch this space!

The next meeting of the Reading for Wellbeing Virtual Book Group is taking place on Wednesday 2nd November at 7-8pm via MS Teams. (If you have any questions about using MS Teams, please let me know!)

Our next book choice is a Quick Read: The Swimmer by Graham Norton. We have two copies available at York and two at Scarborough hospital libraries. There are also copies available from Explore York and North Yorkshire public libraries.

To buy your own copy, it can be purchased as an e-book from Amazon or the Kobo Store. Alternatively, if you’d prefer a paperback copy, it can be purchased from Waterstones, WHSmith,, or Hive.

If you have any further questions about the Virtual Book Group, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Best wishes,

Kathryn Aylward


Clinical Librarian

Trust Library Service

York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Twitter: @YSNHSLibrary

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