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Book Circle member Margaret Hooks – writer, journalist, feminist and human rights activist – died of cancer at her home in Javea on

19 July. She was 76.

The Xàbia Book Circle was founded in the late 1980s by an intrepid group of book lovers from different countries and backgrounds, who settled in the Marina Alta area of Spain's Costa Blanca and who wanted to share their love of reading with fellow bibliophiles.

Some 34 Book Circle members and guests at the group's summer supper at Restaurant Le Gourmand on July 6th - now something of an annual event - savoured Benjamin's superb French and Spanish fare, from cheese-topped mussels, Galician entrecote and magret de canard to baba au rhum, creme brulee and cafe gourmand.

 The XBC memoir writing competition   Click here for details  

July Summer Supper 

Don't forget...

Now you can send your reviews on books that have delighted, intrigued or fascinated you, and they will be published on the website. Go to Members' book reviews.

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Yet another reminder on this: Please make your payments (€10) via PayPal, as previously instructed (to ). Alternatively, you may pay cash to any Committee member you happen to come across (Alison Tain, Christopher North, Erica Meltzer, Huw Griffith, Jean Hilder, Rod Davis, Tim Upton) or drop it off in Rod’s postbox (Calle Virgen del Pilar 9, Xàbia). Of course, do let him know you've done that (