Book Group

We enjoy reading and talking about books and their hinterland. We are open to a wide range of literature in English, including translations. Our books, on the whole, are likely to be recent, and possibly on prize lists, but there is no reason not to delve into the past for classics and old favourites. They will usually but not necessarily be fiction.

Individual members of the group will choose books in turn, so that we will discover ones that we would not necessarily have come across alone. Some books will be new to everyone, and some recollected from the past.

At each meeting we discuss the two books that we have all agreed to read at the previous session. To date most of the chosen books have been fiction but we do not rule out biographies or other works of non-fiction. To date, no one has suggested poetry but there is no reason why this might not happen in future.

Frequency : Monthly
When : Fourth Thursday of every month, from 3 p.m. – 4.30 p.m.
Where : The Maynard Arms, 70 Park Road, N8 8SX
Number of places per meeting: Up to 8

Group Convener : Andrew Sich

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Books we have read and discussed

Author Title
Jane Austen Persuasion
Tracy Chevalier At the Edge of the Orchard
Anthony Doerr All the Light We Cannot See
Lionel Shriver Lionel Shriver The Mandibles – A Family 2029-2047
Conor O’Callaghan Nothing on Earth
William Maxwell The Chateau
Somerset Maugham Of Human Bondage
Samantha Schwebling The Fever Dream
Oliver Sacks The Man who Mistook his Wife as A Hat
Edith Wharton The House of Mirth
Gordon Macrae Burnet His Bloody Project
Margaret Atwood Alias Grace
Richard Bausch Peace