Monthly Book Group

Each month I host an open meeting in Woodbridge in Suffolk. We used to meet in the town's bookshop but now gather together in a nearby hall. We usually focus on modern fiction and the discussion regularly attracts around 20 people, men and women, of all ages. Everyone is welcome to join in but please let me know you are planning on coming along. Sign up to the e-newsletter here to receive details. Scroll down to take a look at the titles we've read over the year, and view the archive for past discussions.

Book Group List for 2012

26th November 2012
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.

29th October 2012
by John Boyne

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

24th September 2012
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!

30th July 2012
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'.

28th May 2012
by Edward St Aubyn

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

30th April 2012
by JG 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.

26th March 2012
by Laura Esquivel

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

19th March 2012
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!

27th February 2012
by Markus Zusak

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

30th January 2012
by Andrea Camelleri

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.