The Elmdon

May 2012


After months and months, jabs and jabs, pings, tests and Zoom we finally met in the airy and comfortable barn at Elmdon Lodge courtesy of Marie Syfret. Thirteen Bookworms were present and were welcomed back with a glass of fizz by Sheila, Clare and Jane.

The book on the Art theme was The Modigliani Scandal by Ken Follett. This was the acclaimed author’s first novel, and it showed. Most of us had read his later work and we agreed that he had got a lot better over time. Nevertheless, The Modigliani Scandal was an amusing caper book very much of its time, set in the early 1970s with glamorous models/actresses, amoral art dealers and clever artist-cum-forgers.

Of 13 present at our meeting, everyone had read the book, and four absentees had sent in their votes for the overall score.

No one would recommend it to a friend.

All would/had read something by the same author

All but one thought it would make a good TV drama or movie

Overall score out of 10 was 5.

Our next meeting will be on 7 October when we celebrate our 10th Birthday. We will be meeting at Icknield House, hosted by Helen Horn. In order to maintain good practice, the numbers will be limited to 18, so let Sheila know if you will be attending in plenty of time. There will be a birthday cake and a bring and share supper. At that meeting we will be reading a book recommended by BBC TV ‘Between the Covers’, Agent Running in the Field by John le Carré. For the next meeting Bookworms were asked to select books on the theme of ‘Birthdays and/ or Anniversaries’, no matter how tenuous.

The Elmdon Bookworms would like to wish the new team behind the Gazette best wishes and every success for the future.

Please go to to review all our previous reads.

Jane Guy

Next meeting 7 October 2021 Details