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 2022
Mrs Harris Goes to Paris
by Paul Gallico

Delighting audiences as a film at present, this is a much loved classic written in 1958. It's only a slim volume though, so feel free to read on with Mrs Harris's further adventures in New York, Moscow and as an MP...!

October 2022
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
by Shirley Jackson

Weird, sinister, horrifying, thrilling, gripping. The group was divided in its love for this book but there was plenty to discuss in terms of character, setting, persecution, good and evil, food and feminism! 

September 2022
by Annie Garthwaite

Beautifully written, great introduction to a lesser known period of history, fascinating portrayal of Cecily with the male characters in her shadow: most loved it, a few didn't. A wide ranging discussion.

July 2022
O Caledonia
by Elspeth Barker

An extraordinary book - full of humour and amazing use of language with beautiful descriptions but also deeply tragic for the poor Janet. Resulted in a lively and wide-ranging discussion.

June 2022
The Blue Book of Nebo
by Manon Steffan Ros

Who would have thought a post-apocalyptic novel could be so beautiful and uplifting? Such a short book, sparsely written yet incredibly thought-provoking in the themes of survival, familial relationships, the power of language and literature. Appreciated by all. Stunning.

May 2022
Still Life
by Sarah Winman

A few felt that this novel was sentimental and not true to accepted behaviours in the times it was set. But most loved this book for its humour, sense of family and acceptance, full of wonderful characters and sense of place in London and Florence, Italy.

April 2022
Barcelona Dreaming
by Rupert Thomson

Some people felt this was a light, summer read while others considered it dark and unsettling. The surreal and puzzling three stories met with a mixed response, and achieved a lively discussion.  

March 2022
by Anne Enright

All enjoyed the gems of observations and flashes of humour in this imagined memoir, but some felt it needed more plot. Some devoured it in a couple of sittings, others struggled to keep reading. A great discussion!

February 2022
by Andrew O'Hagan

A fascinating insight to male friendship and behaviours which resonated with all age groups and genders! The second half of the book was agreed to be its triumph, but there was much here for a lively and thought-provoking discussion about a book which brought laughter and tears.

January 2022
Small Pleasures
by Clare Chambers

Almost everyone loved this book for the evocative 1950s setting, the gentle pace, the warm but flawed characters. The plot devices of a supposed virgin birth and train crash may have been inspired by real life, but some felt they were not necessary, and at times not well handled, for what was considered in the main a beautifully written, engrossing novel.