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Afternoon Book Club


Another book group!


Every second Monday of the month at 2pm in Cakes and Ale Cafe, Carlisle.

If you wish to join this book group, please email

The next meeting will be on Monday 8th August and the chosen book is ‘Max the Miracle Dog’ by Kerry Irving, available with 20% discount at Bookends.

 ‘Are you ready, Max? If anyone’s going to help me do this, it’s you.’ The heart-warming tale of a life-saving friendship. In 2006, a traumatic car accident changed Keswickian Kerry Irving’s life forever. Suffering from severe neck and back injuries, Kerry was unemployed and housebound, struggling with depression and even thoughts of suicide.

He went from cycling over 600 miles a month to becoming a prisoner in his own home. With hope all but lost, Kerry’s wife encouraged him to go on a short walk to the local shop. In the face of unbearable pain and overwhelming panic, he persevered and along the way, met an adorable yard dog named Max.

As the Spaniel peered up through the railings, Kerry found comfort and encouragement in his soulful brown eyes. This chance encounter marked a turning point in both their lives. In Max, Kerry found comfort and motivation and in Kerry, Max found someone to care for him.

This is their remarkable, inspiring story.