The #TFBookClub reads ‘A Map of the Sky’ set in North Yorkshire

21st October 2019

#TFBookClub November/December 2019. ‘A Map of the Sky’ set in North Yorkshire

A Map of the Sky

Our latest #TFBookClub outing takes us on a delightful, uplifting and life-affirming journey to NORTH YORKSHIRE, near the Cleveland Way, for A Map of the Sky by Claire Wong.

‘Kit doesn’t understand why his family has been uprooted to a remote coastal village in the North. Why did they leave so suddenly, and why has his Dad not joined them?‘

At Askfeld Farm Guesthouse Kit meets an eclectic group of new neighbours and forms an unlikely friendship with Beth, who suffers from a chronic illness he does not understand. Kit learns that Beth, who cannot leave the guesthouse, is trying to draw a map from memory that shows all her favourite childhood haunts.

Kit makes it his quest to help her remember by visiting places for her and hopes to solve the problems of the other guests along the way. But becoming a hero like the ones in his favourite books is trickier than it seems, especially when Kit has failed to grasp so much of what is happening around him…

Can Kit work out that the person who really needs his help is much closer to home?

‘This is a delightful novel with a great character at the heart of the story. If you loved The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce, then you will also hopefully enjoy reading A Map of the Sky.’

Apply for a copy to read along:

If you would like to apply for a copy to read along with us during November and early December 2019, just leave a COMMENT below and tell us whether you prefer PAPER (UK only) or DIGITAL for world readers (via Netgalley) or EITHER – by midnight 31st October 2019. The first names out of the hat on Friday 1st November 2019 will be sent copies of the book. After that we can all start turning the pages and share our thoughts over the subsequent weeks.

We will be in touch at the beginning of November if you are one of our lucky readers! Don’t forget, applications close midnight, 31st October 2019!

Our first sixteen outings for the #TFBookClub have seen us travel the world, seeing different locations through the eyes of authors:

  • We have been #OnLiteraryLocation in SARDINIA with Rosanna Ley’s The Little Theatre By The Sea 
  • We have explored the sense of history in PRAGUE, reading Prague Nights by Benjamin Black
  • We have been on a real adventure to CENTRAL AMERICA with Maile Meloy’s Do Not Become Alarmed 
  • We have been immersed in an intense relationship between two female writers in Exquisite by Sarah Stovell, set in NORTHUMBERLAND and the LAKE DISTRICT,
  • We have met Harriet Steel’s Inspector de Silva in 1930s CEYLON (now SRI LANKA), experiencing Trouble in Nuala
  • We have time-travelled to exotic GRANADA in historic ANDALUCIA SPAIN with Jane Johnson’s Court of Lions
  • We have dived into the beautiful CYCLADES in GREECE with Hannah Fielding’s Aphrodite’s Tears
  • We have returned to CEYLON (now SRI LANKA) with The Sapphire Widow by Dinah Jefferies
  • We have gone west to CORNWALL with One Cornish Summer by Liz Fenwick
  • We travelled to NORWAYSCOTLAND and FRANCE with The Sixteen Trees of the Somme by Lars Mytting 
  • We were in wintry WALES with dark crime thriller Halfway by B. E. Jones
  • We endured a bitter winter and murder in SWEDEN with Red Snow, another Tuva Moodyson Mystery from author Will Dean
  • We have toured the artistic world – to LONDONNEW YORK CITYROME & the SOUTH OF FRANCE – with The Italian Teacher by Tom Rachman.
  • We journeyed to IRELAND to smile at Future Popes of Ireland by Darragh Martin 
  • We explored old friendships in MALLORCA with Fanny Blake’s A Summer Reunion 
  • And most recently we have been on a dark journey to Victorian BIRMINGHAM with The Conviction of Cora Burns, Carolyn Kirby’s exquisitely crafted debut novel

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  1. User: lindarumsey

    Posted on: 01/11/2019 at 2:47 pm

    I’d love to read a paper copy please, sounds good!


  2. User: Leila Benhamida

    Posted on: 31/10/2019 at 1:15 pm

    Paperback copy will be great.


  3. User: Sara Ainsworth

    Posted on: 31/10/2019 at 10:31 am

    I would be delighted with a paper copy, please.


  4. User: Julie Ryan

    Posted on: 30/10/2019 at 11:27 pm

    Paper copy would be fab.


  5. User: Claire Broomsgrove

    Posted on: 30/10/2019 at 9:31 pm

    A fascinating read paper copy please.


  6. User: LisaRowsell

    Posted on: 30/10/2019 at 9:12 pm

    I’d love to join in, and receive a paperback copy please.


  7. User: Harriet Steel

    Posted on: 29/10/2019 at 7:24 am

    I’d love to join in, especially as my husband comes from that area. Paperback if possible please.


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    • User: Julie ryan

      Posted on: 30/10/2019 at 11:25 pm

      Would love a paper copy please


  8. User: Lucy

    Posted on: 28/10/2019 at 12:39 pm

    This looks like a great read, I’m happy with either format!


  9. User: Jane Willis

    Posted on: 23/10/2019 at 11:56 am

    It’s not a part of the country I’m familiar with. Would love a paper copy please.


  10. User: Andrea Hedgcock

    Posted on: 23/10/2019 at 9:07 am

    Paper copy if lucky – This sounds so interesting!


  11. User: philatel

    Posted on: 22/10/2019 at 11:23 am

    This sounds great – if I’m lucky, I’d like a paperback copy please.


  12. User: hunter972

    Posted on: 21/10/2019 at 9:20 pm

    This sounds great. I live in the U.S., so I guess it’s a request for a digital copy for me.


  13. User: Sara Hill

    Posted on: 21/10/2019 at 4:35 pm

    I would love a paper copy please. it sounds enchanting and I did enjoy The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry . In fact I must read it again!


  14. User: Barbara Holdhusen

    Posted on: 21/10/2019 at 2:35 pm

    Would love a paper copy please – looks really interesting!


  15. User: Teresa S

    Posted on: 21/10/2019 at 11:54 am

    Paper copy please, if I’m chosen.
    Thank you


  16. User: Claire Harris

    Posted on: 21/10/2019 at 11:13 am

    It sounds great, very intriguing! I’d love a paper copy please!
    Fingers crossed!


  17. User: Rachel Hall

    Posted on: 21/10/2019 at 10:54 am

    Sounds like a beautiful story with an equally breathtaking backdrop in Yorkshire. I would love to read and review and would like to apply for a paper copy. Many thanks


  18. User: Melanie Daniels

    Posted on: 21/10/2019 at 10:42 am

    Hello, I’d love a paper copy to read please. I loved contributing to the book club for The Conviction of Cora Burns and I’d love to join in again for this one! Also, I live in South Yorkshire and visit family in North Yorkshire a lot so this would be very interesting for me! Thanks.


  19. User: Sue Dawson

    Posted on: 21/10/2019 at 10:05 am

    I would love a paper copy please.


  20. User: Lesley Morton-Evans

    Posted on: 21/10/2019 at 9:22 am

    I thoroughly enjoyed The Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and this story sounds a perfect read for the chilly November days.
    I would love a paper copy please.


  21. User: Miriam Smith

    Posted on: 21/10/2019 at 9:00 am

    Would love to read and review a paperback copy of this, sounds an intriguing read. North Yorkshire is such a beautiful place too.


  22. User: Janine Phillips

    Posted on: 21/10/2019 at 8:44 am

    I’d love a paper copy please x


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