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.
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 members list for 2022
- Book Group members list for 2021
- Book Group members list for 2020
- Read me like a book recommendations
Book Group List for 2019
A cleverly plotted and beautifully written book, all agreed, with tremendous scope. While some didn't engage with the numerous characters, others in the group felt that every individual was well drawn and their story compelling.
Much to appreciate in this book but perhaps not the masterpiece which reviewers have claimed. Too long, too many characters, too didactic, in our opinion. But beautiful writing and it prompted an empassioned conversation about our love of trees and becoming ecowarriors!
An almost unanimous appreciation of this novel. Beautifully written, it was agreed, though some felt there was too much introspection by the characters. Much to think about in the issues raised, so a great discussion!
A quirky, unusual, funny book which brought about a lively discussion on fulfilment, contentment, social expectations and the workplace.
A thought-provoking book exploring landscape, friendships and family, putting country against city life, tradition alongside progress, and the weight of things left unsaid. A wide-ranging discussion on a poignant and beautiful read.
An extraordinary book which divided the group - a moving, hilarious page-turner for some, but bleak, disturbing and 'hard work' for others!
Many people loved the book for its characterisation and sense of place. Others thought though the writing was good, the author was too keen to explore ‘themes’ and often laboured in directing the reader’s response.
The book divided opinion as some thought it warm and funny with an admirable and formidable mature female central character. Others felt the story didn't have any direction and couldn't engage with the characters.
This was a hard read both in style and in subject matter, yet most agreed that the language was poetic and rhythmical and the spirit of oppression, fear and foreboding was powerful. A fascinating book with a lively discussion.
An extraordinary book which most found powerful and moving, though some struggled. Many felt they would like to explore the poetry of Ted Hughes further.