Alfie’s Woods – Book Group Questions

  1. Which of the characters in Alfie’s Woods did you most identify with and why?
  2. What are the key themes that the book explores?
  3. How do you feel when Alfie lets Hedgehog down?
  4. How often does the way society treats people who have had unfortunate circumstances then set them on a negative and destructive path, as happened to Hedgehog? What if anything could have been done differently to help him when he was young?
  5. How does Alfie’s friendship impact on Hedgehog’s life?
  6. Why is society so reluctant to give people a second chance?
  7. What aspects of the book did you most enjoy?
  8. If you could ask me, the author, one question about the book, what would it be?
  9. Are the characters sufficiently well drawn to allow you to suspend reality and believe in the story?
  10. The author wrote the story deliberately as an allegory for adults and not as a children’s story. How well is that achieved?

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