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.

Meeting pattern: monthly, on the third Thursday morning 10.15 - 12.15.

We tackle a book a month. Recent choices are listed below. Books read in previous years are listed on a separate page, accessed by clicking the link near the bottom of this page.


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)


The books we have read in previous years are on the additional page, accessed by clicking here.


Contact:  Click here to send an email to the leader.

Please refer to the entry in the Members' Handbook for more contact details.