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.
NEW - Book Group in Framlingham at Ottie and the Bea - details here
Book Group List for 2022
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...!
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!
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.
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.
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. Stunning.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.