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Contact Information

For more information regarding the Evening Book Club, please contact: Jaclyn Gomez at

Meeting Schedule

Next Meeting:

September 24, 2018, 7pm

September's Book:

The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan


Discussion Questions

Discussion Questions

  1. What is the main theme of the book? Which of the characters is most changed through the course of the book?
  2. Which character do you like most? Why? Which character do you dislike most? Why?
  3. Which character do you most relate to? Why?
  4. What was the funniest moment of the book? Why do you think it was funny?
  5. Do you think that Mrs. Tilling made the right choice to help Carrington, even though it would have been illegal for her not to have handed him over to the police? A great deal has happened since the Second World War in this regard. What does that say about the society and culture in which we live?
  6. In what way does Venetia alter through the course of the book? What are the biggest moments of change for her?
  7. Why doesn’t Mrs. Tilling hand Miss Paltry over to the police? Why is she being nice to her?
  8. What does it say about the way her character has changed over the course of the book? Would you have handed her in?
  9. Are there any recurrent symbols throughout the book? Why do you think they were chosen?
  10. Are there any allusions to other books hidden throughout? What are they, and why are they relevant?
  11. Did you feel for Venetia’s dilemma after Slater left? In what ways would her choice have been easier today? Why do you think that is?
  12. Tragically, we already know what will probably happen to Silvie’s parents, even though none of the characters does at this point. How does that affect you when reading the book?
  13. What impact did the war have on women, work, and society? How do you think women’s equality has progressed since the Second World War?
  14. And now, a show of hands: Did you shed a few tears while reading The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir? Be honest now, there are some sad and very moving parts. Which did you find most heartrending, and why?


Book Summary

The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan


Kent, 1940.

In the idyllic village of Chilbury change is afoot. Hearts are breaking as sons and husbands leave to fight, and when the Vicar decides to close the choir until the men return, all seems lost.

But coming together in song is just what the women of Chilbury need in these dark hours, and they are ready to sing. With a little fighting spirit and the arrival of a new musical resident, the charismatic Miss Primrose Trent, the choir is reborn.

Some see the choir as a chance to forget their troubles, others the chance to shine. Though for one villager, the choir is the perfect cover to destroy Chilbury’s new-found harmony.

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