Title: Behaviour of Moths, The
Authors: Adams, Poppy
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 305
Year: 2008
ISBN-10(13): 9781844084883
Publisher: Hachette New Zealand
Language: English
Description: Dorset, a sprawling Victorian folly, and a family peppered with eccentric characters; this is the story of sisters Ginny and Vivian reunited after more than 40 years. Against the backdrop of the family obsession with lepidopterology (the study of moths and butterflies), their past and present behaviour is under the microscope. Revealed in this gripping story are the tangled truths and distortions of a dysfunctional and unconventional family.

Comments from Groups:

An intriguing read. The writer kept us in the dark in a similar way that Ginny was kept in the dark by the family. We admired the research that had gone into lepidoptery and how this was woven into the story. Doubt 001

A very successful book. The group all enjoyed it thoroughly. Good discussion on a lot of topics, eg: Aspergers, Nature vs Nuture. Nelson 023

Most marked 8/10. Enjoyed the dark quirky humour. Couldn't agree to the extent of Ginny's `specialness`. None of us realised until the end the extent of her delusion. Nelson 020

A fascinating book-many layered. Lively discussion with many points of views and observations shared. Well worth reading. Akaroa 005

The writing was descriptive, the tension built throughout the book & even after reading and discussing, there are still unanswered questions which linger. One of the best we have had. Auckland 230

This book is an example of what is wonderful about Book Club. You read a book that you would never look twice at on the library shelf and you are surprised and delighted and in this case intrigued with the subject. Excellent read and provoking. Auckland 065

Categories: Fiction, Family Saga, Mystery, Personal Interests, Relationships, England, Gothic


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By: WHANG 023 2021-09-30 18:34:56
Those that finished the book enjoyed it. Not to everyones taste. Big question about the death at the end.....

By: ASHB 027 2021-06-11 11:38:38
Not a favourite and many did not finish. Ginny, Vivian and the parents are not likeable people and the tale odd and very dark. The moths were not interesting! Odd and rushed ending.

By: AUCK 133 2020-04-21 17:00:45
Engendered a lot of discussion about mental instability ( as surely the main character is unstable). Such a surprise ending - we all enjoyed that even if some of us skipped over some of the science of moths. A 'good' read.

By: AUCK 050 2020-04-21 16:55:59
Fascinating and slightly disturbing story that kept the reader turning pages until the end, even when you wanted to stop reading!

By: AUCK 105 2020-04-21 16:53:23
An unexpected ending, and the group felt it was quite an odd book although very well-written. Provoked a very good discussion, people really enjoyed some of the descriptions around moths and their habits.

By: AUCK 293 2020-04-21 16:50:54
This book was certainly a good read with a surprise ending, which caught you totally unaware. A number of interesting characters and dynamics, and a very dysfunctional family. Did the main character Ginny have Aspberger's or was she just eccentric? Poppy Adams has left this open for a sequel??

By: CHCH 396 2020-04-21 16:45:41
The book was enjoyed by the majority but with some reservations. We all agreed it was sad, but despite it not necessarily being their first choice, all wanted to read it to the end.

By: PUKEKO 001 2020-04-21 16:42:33
We all enjoyed this book. We liked the ambiguity of the characters and had a lively discussion about them.

By: HAMIL 003 2020-04-21 16:41:32
Gripping compelling and fascinating - in fact the only adjective that doesn't apply was 'funny'. We really appreciated the book, though some were less engaged by the 'behaviour of the moths'...

By: AUCK 090 2020-04-21 16:36:22
Divided opinion: some found the writing style/subject matter interesting, others were bored by the moth information, and did not like the characters.

By: AUCK 255 2018-05-05 09:35:52
Not a favourite for our group, but generated interesting discussion particularly in how we all interpreted Ginny's condition differently. This increased the appeal of the book and some of the group mentioned they would like to read it again with these different perspectives.

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