Going international

International travel continues to be difficult but fortunately according to the writer Mason Cooley “reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are”.

So we are really excited to be reading the winner of the International Booker Prize this July and our hospital has received 10 free copies from the Reading Agency for us to read and review.

At Night All Blood is Black written by David Diop who was born in Paris and grew up in Senegal. The book was translated from French by Anna Moschovakis. At Night All Blood is Black is a story of friendship and a young Senegalese soldier fighting for France during the First World War. It gives a new perspective on the history of WWI and the contribution of African soldiers. Read the book synopsis, reviews and the judging panel’s comments here.

Get a copy from the Library or download the eBook

Copies of the book are available on a first come, first served basis so please pop into the Library, GETEC to collect a copy. If you’d prefer an eBook click here or paste the following link into your internet browser:


An OpenAthens account is needed but if you haven’t already got one it’s free to register – simply click here to sign up.


The book is also being read across Coventry as part of the City of Culture activities– you can follow this at:  #BigCoventryBookerRead. Coventry Libraries have 1000 free copies if you live locally and want to collect a copy.

Our group really enjoyed shadowing the 2019 Booker Prize winner Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo (remember face to face meetings??)  so we are really pleased to have the opportunity to review another prize winning book.

Next Wellbeing Reading Group meeting

We’ll be meeting virtually on Thursday 5th August @12.30pm to chat about the book. The more the merrier so please get in touch if you’d like to join us and we’ll send you the link.

Happy reading everyone and hope you have a great July wherever you spend it.