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Book Club with Dick Warner and a Clonmel Library Book Club

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Dick Warner

Dick Warner is our books' expert. He describes himself as a 'writer, broadcaster and environmentalist'. He is a graduate of Trinity and has lived and worked in a number of different countries. For many years he was an RTE radio producer before taking early retirement to concentrate on his personal interests and to do free-lance work.

He is best known to the public as a writer and presenter of Television documentaries. 'Waterways', a twenty-four part series, and 'Voyage', an eighteen part series, reflected his love of boats and water. Both series were very successful and were shown all over the world. 'Spirit of Trees', an eight part series, reflected his interest in botany in general and trees in particular.

He has made other programmes on wildlife and the environment and has written books and many articles on such topics. He writes a regular column as well as book reviews for The Irish Examiner and several magazines.

Dick lives with his wife and two children on a small-holding in rural Co Kildare. He is a keen organic vegetable gardener, collects trees and keeps poultry. He says he has no ambitions to be completely self-sufficient but is trying to practice what he preaches by living a relatively 'green' life-style.

3 Book Club members:

. Marie Boland
. Stephanie Woods
. Maura Stapleton

The White Woman on the Green Bicycle by Monique Roffey

This novel tells two interwoven stories. The first is the story of the long marriage of George and Sabine Harwood. The second is the history of Trinidad in the second half of the twentieth century. George and Sabine arrive in Port of Spain, the capital of the Caribbean island, as newly-weds in 1956, just before it starts to prepare for independence from British colonial rule. They come from London, he is English and she is French.

He falls in love with Trinidad, she doesn't. The tension this places on their marriage is reflected in the political and racial tensions the multi-cultural island faces in the early years of independence. The green Raleigh bicycle that Sabine brings with her on the ship and uses to explore the island becomes an important symbol in the book.

Prices / Stockists / Relevant Information:

Title: "The White Woman on the Green Bicycle"
Author: Monique Roffey
Price: €8.99 - €9.99
9781847395221 | Paperback | 448pp
Publication date: 20 April 2010
Publisher: Pocket Books