Monthly Book Group

Each month I host an open meeting for Browsers Bookshop, Woodbridge in Suffolk, now held 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.

Members' recommendations

In recent years our Book Group members have enjoyed an evening when they share personal recommendations of favourite books. You may find their lists helpful.


Book Group List for 2017

27th November 2017
by Michelle Paver

A fascinating account of a mountaineering expedition exploring sibling rivalry, guilt and fear. But did it need to have the 'ghost story' cover badge? The group was in two minds

30th October 2017
by Lionel Davidson

Fast-paced, fantastical and intriguing with a Bond-like central character and a powerful, sinister setting of Siberia. Or far-fetched and confusing with no character or cause to care about. The group was divided in its response!

25th September 2017
by Natasha Pulley

Quirky, magical, mystical with beautiful scene-setting. Most enjoyed reading this unusual novel but felt it could have been better - the ending in particular disappointed.

5th September 2017
by Jane Harper

This murder mystery in the Australian outback has been a huge bestseller. What will we think of it?

31st July 2017
by Kate Tempest

A bleak picture of young people's lives told using violent imagery and, in places, coarse language upset some. Others thought it original, compelling and powerful with stunning imagery.

26th June 2017
by Sarah Moss

Incredibly moving, thought-provoking and beautifully written, though others weren't convinced by the characters' behaviours and motivations.

5th June 2017
by Madeleine Thien

A harrowing subject beautifully told but requiring concentration and application from the reader. Not a quick or easy read, but almost everyone agreed they were pleased to have read it.

24th April 2017
by Laura Barnett

A clever construction presenting three different outcomes for a relationship. Fascinating for some, challenging for others seeking to remember who was who, what was happening when. Some felt it was the best book they've read for a long while!

27th March 2017
by Sara Baume

Poetic language, vivid descriptions and ultimately a gripping, compelling and poignant plot. Too sad some claimed, others loved it.

27th February 2017
by Francis Spufford

Great fun - a well researched 'romp' keeping us turning the pages until the last surprising 'twist'. Tedious, indulgent, too wordy, too long. The group was divided in its response!

30th January 2017
by Donal Ryan

A clever idea which didn't work for everyone. Some thought too many characters presented an outdated and one-sided view of an Irish community. Others found a real and vivid presentation of a small town with a compelling plot construction.