Now news reaches me that two separate (female) book clubs are doing Farewell Trip as their latest choice. In both cases the book has been inflicted upon the group by a Lampeter alumnus, which strikes me as very pleasing indeed.
And I couldn't help thinking of things people might want to chat about over the white wine and cake when talking about Farewell Trip. How about these?
# Did you treat Ruth and Trip equally or did you find yourself taking sides?
# Do you think Ruth ever reads Trip's last letter?
# What happens to Ruth afterwards? Is her restaurant a success? Does she speak to Laura again? Does she settle down with someone else relatively quickly?
# Trip says several times he was born aged 35. Are we all born a certain age?
# Who should play Ruth and Trip in either the BBC series or the Hollywood blockbuster?
# Why do so few people collaborate on writing novels?
If anyone is thinking of picking our book we'd love to know how it went and what you thought. In fact send us a photo! And if anyone out there wants any particular questions answered before, or as a result of, their book club just message either of us. We'd be honoured to help.