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Staff Book Club

The Occupational Health Department have set up a regular book club for staff, reading and discussing a variety of books.  The book club is open to all staff and meets every 4-5 weeks, and is currently held online due to the Corona Virus Pandemic.  

So that staff do not have to buy the book everytime, we will be selecting books from a list of books from Kirklees Library specially selected for Reading Groups.  These books are all available as e-books from Kirklees Library, and are ‘simultaneous use’ titles, so there are no limits on the number of people who can borrow and download them at the same time. Staff are obviously also free to order themselves a hard copy, buy a copy for their kindle, borrow a copy from a friend or find a hard copy in their local library.

Currently Reading

We are currently reading 'Shadow' by Karin Alvtegen.

 

In a nondescript apartment block in Stockholm, most of the residents are elderly. Usually a death is a sad but straightforward event. But sometimes a resident will die and there are no friends or family to contact. This is when Marianne Folkesson arrives, employed by the state to close up a life with dignity and respect. Gerda Persson has lain dead in her apartment for three days before Marianne is called. When she arrives, she finds the apartment tidy and ordered. Gerda's life seems to have been quite ordinary. Until Marianne opens the freezer and finds it full of books, neatly stacked and wrapped in clingfilm, a thick layer of ice covering them. They are all by Axel Ragnerfeldt, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, with handwritten dedications to Gerda from the author. What story do these books have to tell, about Gerda, and more importantly about Ragnerfeldt, a man whose fame is without precedent in the nation's cultural life, but seldom gives interviews?

We will be meeting online on Wednesday 16th December 12:00 - 13:00 to discuss.  You can either buy a copy of the book yourself, or we can send you instructions to download a free electronic copy. 

If you are interested to join us, or interested in joining for our next book, please email staff.wellbeing@hud.ac.uk 

 

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