Book Club: May 2012 – The Radleys by Matt Haig

Contains spoilers so if you are intending on reading the book, read this post afterwards!

Our second meeting of the WISH book club saw a healthy turnout as usual last month, all ready to start discussing our latest read, The Radleys by Matt Haig.

Set in a Manchester suburb, The Radleys describes the life of what first seems a ‘normal family’. It soon becomes clear that The Radleys are in fact, vampires and we follow the story of how Mum, Dad, and 2 teenage children carry out their lives. There are some grizzly scenes in the book (understandable when there is quite a bit of blood being consumed?), some humour and plenty of action towards the end.

Cara asked us what our overall impression of the book was and got a mixed reaction. A number of us did not know that it was a vampire book, with some saying they wouldn’t necessarily have picked it up had they known earlier. This didn’t necessarily mean that they didn’t enjoy the read though. Those of us who have previously read vampire fiction felt it wasn’t a particularly sexy look at vampires which made a change from some vampire books. Some of the group wondered if it was so hard to believe as Manchester is so local to us.

As a group we had a some questions about the author -

  • we wondered if it was written with being made into a film in mind?
  • we wondered if Matt Haig has always been interested in vampires? There seemed a lot of knowledge in the book – we particularly liked the celebrities being named as vampires too!

Here are what the members of the group thought.

Our next book is I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith. We will be discussing it on 18th July, 7.30pm at the Micklehead Pub. All are welcome.

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