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.


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.