To celebrate the imminent release of Kel Richards' newest 1930's murder mystery, The Sinister Student, he's prepared a set of questions that you can use in a book group, either on or offline. Please feel free to print off these questions, or share them with a group, and don't forget to grab your copy of The Sinister Student!
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Given his whimsical, even flippant, tone is Tom Morris a serious inquirer—or is he just bating C. S. Lewis to get a lively debate going?
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From your wider reading and knowledge who were The Inklings? And how important were they to each other—especially in their creative writing?
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Are the fictional portrayals of C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien and the rest of The Inklings how you imagined these great writers to be?
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Can you relate to the Inklings with their mutual enthusiasms and support? Do you have (or have you ever had) that kind of supportive group of friends?
How important is the warmth, the friendship, between Lewis and Morris in their discussions and debates about big issues? What role does their friendship play in making serious discussion possible?
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What do you make of the character of Penelope? Is she a suspect in the murder that takes place in The Sinister Student?
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Who else or what other explanations did you have for the murder that takes place?
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David Bracken says that Christianity has a higher standing in his future world than it has in the 20th century. Could he be right? From what you know of history, and of the current spiritual state of western civilisation, could Christianity be (a) in terminal decline, or (b) on a “pendulum” path where it might swing back into prominence in the future?
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Has Tom Morris changed his views of faith by the end of the book? Has he shifted at all from the early hostility he displayed? Is he now more open?
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Do you come away from The Sinister Student with a renewed interest (or a first time interest) in C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien (their lives and personalities as well as their books)?
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