Wivenhoe Bookshop Magazine & Newsletter | Sunday 28 May 2023

Sorrow and Bliss – Meg Mason

Event Details

Date: 27/06/2022 | Venue: The Black Buoy
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

‘Exactly the book to read right now, when you need a laugh, but want to cry’
Reading Group Supper at the Black Buoy Monday June 27th...

Sorrow and Bliss – Meg Mason

Everyone tells Martha Friel she is clever and beautiful, a brilliant writer who has been loved every day of her adult life by one man, her husband Patrick. ‘A gift’ her mother once said ‘that not everybody gets…’

“So why is everything broken? Why is Martha – on the edge of 40 – friendless, practically jobless and so often sad? And why did Patrick decide to leave?
Maybe she is just too sensitive, someone who finds it harder to be alive than most people. Or maybe – as she has long believed – there is something wrong with her. Something that broke when a little bomb went off in her brain, at 17, and left her changed in a way no doctor or therapist has ever been able to explain. Forced to return to her childhood home to live with her dysfunctional, bohemian parents (but without the help of her devoted, foul-mouthed sister Ingrid), Martha has one last chance to find out whether a life is ever too broken to fix – or whether maybe by starting over she will get to write a better ending for herself.”

‘It is impossible to read this novel and not be moved.
It is also impossible not to laugh out loud… Extraordinary’

‘Exactly the book to read right now,
when you need a laugh, but want to cry’

‘A raucously funny, beautifully written,
emotion-bashing book’
The Times



New Menu
27th June 2022


Roast Loin of Cod with olives, capers and crispy chorizo, tomato and cream sauce and crushed new potatoes

Non-chicken Katsu with Katsu curry sauce, stir-fried pak choi and steamed rice

Spiced Belly of Pork with barbecue sauce, pineapple slaw, salad and skinny fries


Chocolate Brownie with fresh berries and Vanilla ice cream

Fresh Fruit Salad

Black Buoy Cheeseboard: Cheddar, goats cheese, Stilton and Brie, selection of biscuits, grapes, apple and tomato chutney


Glass of Red Wine

Glass of White Wine

Soft Drink


Bookings closed