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Frequency/Day/Time 3rd Thursday, 10.15am to 12.15pm
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This group is fully participatory with books and approaches decided by members who host in turn. Meetings are lively, but the Chairman always ensures speaking space for each member.

We tackle a book a month. Recent choices are listed below. Books read in previous years are listed on a separate page. If you are logged in as a member, you can use the "More Information for Members" button above to see these.




Books selected -


January    North and South   Mrs Gaskell

February    Milkman    Anna Burns

March   Persuasion     Jane Austen

April    Dusky Ruth   A E Coppard  (short stories)

May   Engleby     Sebastian Faulks

June    Pereira Maintains   Antonio Tabucchi

July     The Frozen Heart    Almundina Grandes

August     Solar   Ian McKewan

September   A Gentleman in Moscow      Amor Towles                        

October       Rebecca    Daphne du Maurier

November   Red Sorghum   Mo Yan

December   A Boy Made of Blocks   Keith Stuart



January   Mothering Sunday   Graham Swift

February   Selected Stories     D H Lawrence   (Penguin Classis, ed: Sue Wilson)

March     Madame Bovary    Gustave Flaubert

April         Greengage Summer  Rumer Godden 

May          An Equal Music   Vikram Seth

June         Three Hours     Rosamund Lupton 

July           Dance of Happy Shades     Alice Munro 

August       White Tiger   Aravind Adiga 

September   In The Name of the Family   Sarah Dunant 

October      Solaris    Stanislaw Lem

November   Old Filth   Jane Gardam

December     Special Programme (each member to bring a short reading - about 3 minutes)


January       Grand Union    Zadie Smith

February     The Towers of Trebizold   Rose Macauley

March       Travels with Charlie    John Steinbeck

April       The Woodlanders    Thomas Hardy

May       The Oak Papers    James Canton     (non-fiction)

June      Less     Andrew Sean Greer       (Romance)

July         Guards Guards   Terry Pratchett     (Science Fiction Fantasy)

August    Hamnet       Maggie O'Farrell      (History)

September   Where Crawdads Sing   Delia Owens   (Bildungsroman)

October    Lucky Jim    Kingsley Amis   (Realistic)

November   100 Years of Solitude    Gabriel Marquez      (Magic Realism)

December   Each member to give a reading that made us laugh    


January    Behind the Beautiful Forevers    Katherine Boo    (Non-fiction)

February   Innocence   Penelope Fitzgerald    (Romance)

March     How the Dead Speak   Val McDermid    (Mystery)

April       Grey Bees        Andrev Kurkov          

May        Anything is Possible     Elizabeth Strout

June       Momo      Michael Ende

July         Best Short Stories Anton Chekov

August     The Dark Room   Rachel Seiffert

September  Your Inner Hedgehog   Alexander McCall Smith

October     Mr Ma and Son   Lao She

November  Collected Short Stories   Guy de Maupassant 

December   "Nuggets" of Wisdom     Selection by each member


January    Under Milk Wood   Dylan Thomas

February    Bournville    Jonathan Coe

March    The Murder of my Aunt    Richard Hull

April    Suite Francaise    Irene Nemirovsky

May    Still Life    Sarah Winman

June    Stone Blind    Natalie Haynes

July    The French Lieutenant's Woman    John Fowles

August    Convenience Store Woman    Sayaka Murata

September    Lessons in Chemistry    Bonnie Garmus  

October    The Garden of Evening Mists    Tan Twan Eng

November    The Turn of The Screw and The Aspern Papers     Henry James