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 previously years are listed on a separate page, accessed by clicking the link near the bottom of this page.
Books selected -
January The Tenant of Wildfell Hall Anne Bronte
February Golden Hill Francis Spufford
March A Thousand Acres Jane Smiley
April The Clergyman's Daughter George Orwell
May Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
July The Machine Stops E M Forster (a short story)
August Under the Net Iris Murdoch
September. The Green Road Anne Enright
October Someone at a Distance Dorothy Whipple
November The Bees Laline Paul
December special programme - The Seven Ages of Man (readings)
January Memento Mori Muriel Spark
February Munich Robert Harris
March Brave New World Aldous Huxley
April The Uncommon Reader & The Laying on of Hands Alan Bennett
May Slow Horses Mick Herron
June Journey by Moonlight Antal Szerb
July How Far Can you Go? David Lodge
August Dimension of Miracles Robert Sheckley
September Sweet Caress William Boyd
October A Town Like Alice Nevil Shute
November The Surgeon of Crowthorne Simon Winchester (non-fiction)
December Poetry of Choice
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 My Brilliant Friend Elena Ferrante
Coronavirus update: Following an initial period of suspension, we are now converting our meetings to on-line discussion, starting with Persuasion. Inevitably the monthly schedule above will slip somewhat.
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.