Book Group listing

Book Group meetings 

Each month we have an open meeting in a hall close to the bookshop. Read more about it here. We usually focus on modern fiction and the discussion regularly attracts around 20 people, men and women, of all ages.

November 2012
The Wake
by Jeremy Page

A moving and lyrical account of the loss of a child, but the description of life on a boat was marred by the inaccurate nautical information, members said.

October 2012
The Absolutist
by John Boyne

A book flawed by historical inaccuracies, members pointed out, though others thought some of the scenes very powerfully written.

September 2012
The Children's Book
by A.S. Byatt

A beautiful, compelling account of a fascinating period of history for some, but too much detail, too many characters and an unsatisfying story for others!

July 2012
Wish You Were Here
by Graham Swift
A melancholy book, repetitive and unsatisfactory for some; others felt this was a clever attempt at using narrative to convey the unreliability of memory and discerning 'truth'.
May 2012
Never Mind
by Edward St Aubyn

Disturbing content but beautiful writing. This was the consensus regarding the first of the Patrick Melrose novels.

April 2012
The Siege of Krishnapur
by J.G. Farrell

Sights and smells were vividly presented in this book but members felt it wasn't a light read; it required 'work' but was marvellously written.

March 2012
Like Water for Chocolate
by Laura Esquivel

Stunning sensual descriptions in this magical tale, considered effective and enjoyable. The film was recommended.

March 2012
No Mark Upon Her
by Deborah Crombie

A potential Olympic rower goes out on the river at dusk, and disappears. Members of Deben Rowing Club wanted more about the rowing!

February 2012
The Book Thief
by Marcus Zusak

Most agreed that this was a beautiful, clever and inventive book. Some felt it was too gimmicky.

January 2012
The Shape of Water
by Andrea Camilleri

A lively discussion with a good attendance. While most people said they had enjoyed the book as a light read, some found elements of the writing disappointing.