Bookgroup

Our Book Group began in 2006 as the brainchild of a parishioner, Susan Welsh. We meet at the home of one of us every two months for a pleasant evening of relaxed talk. We pool ideas about what to read next and make a group choice of book.

We look for novels, contemporary & classic, biographies, books on history or specific issues which will prompt lively discussion.

The current book, which we’ll be discussing on 5th December is Alice Munro’s ‘Runaway’.

New members are always welcome. Please email the Parish Office if you would like more information – office@stnicholaschiswick.org

Previous books have included:
Amos Oz – Scenes from Village Life
Robert Harris – Imperium
Seamus Deane – Reading in the Dark
Beryl Markham – West with the Night
Joseph Conrad – Heart of Darkness
JG Ballard – Miracles of Life
Henry James – The Spoils of Poynton
Eugenie Fraser – The House by the Dvina
Louise Doughty – Apple Tree Yard
Mark Miodownik – Stuff Matters
Emile Zola – Germinal
Anthony Doerr – All the light we cannot see
Linda Grant – When I lived in Modern Times
Margaret Craven – I heard an Owl call my name
Robert Harris – An officer and a spy
Jane Smiley –  A Thousand Acres
Atul Gawande – Being Mortal
Chinua Achebe – Things fall apart
Marilynne Robinson – Lila
Rachel Joyce – The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
Elizabeth Bowen – The House of Paris 
George Orwell – Nineteen Eighty Four
Alexandra Fuller – Dont’s lets go to the dogs tonight
Clare Tomalin – The Life and Death of Mary Wollostoncraft Anthony Trollop – Barchester Towers
V.S. Naipaul – A House for Mr Biswas
William Faulkner – The Sound of Fury
Alan Johnson – This Boy: a memoir of childhood
Erich Maria Remarque – All Quiet on the Western Front
F.M. Mayor – The Rector’s Daughter
Claire Tomalin – Charles Dickens: A Life
John Lanchester – Capital
John Williams – Stoner
Richard Holloway – Leaving Alexandria
Ernest Hemingway – Farewell to Arms
Philip Pullman – The good man Jesus and the scoundrel Christ
Madeleine Millar – The Song of Achilles
Jenny Uglow – The Lunar Men
Franny Moyle – Constance: The tragic and scandalous life of Mrs Oscar Wilde
Jeanette Winterson – Why be happy when you could be normal
Jonathan Franzen – The Corrections
Thomas Mann – Buddenbrooks
Rory Stewart – The Places in Between
Humphey Hawksley – Democracy Kills
Charles Dickens – A Tale of Two Cities
Salley Vickers – The Other Side of You
Hilary Spurling – Burying the Bones: Pearl Buck in China
Thomas Hardy – Jude the Obscure
Rohinton Mistry – A Fine Balance
Edmund de Wall – The Hare with Amber Eyes
Margaret Atwood – The Penelopiad
Louis de Bernieres – Birds without wings
Leo Tolstoy – Anna Karenina
Zaiba Malik – We are a Muslim please
William Dalrymple – Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India
Simon Mawer – The Glass Room
Virginia Nicholson – Singled Out
Helen Garner – The Spare Room
Muriel Barbery – The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Giorgio Bassani – The Garden of the Finzi-Continis
Michela Wrong – It’s Our Turn to Eat
Graham Greene – The Power and the Glory
Marilynne Robinson – Home
Henry James – The Portrait of a Lady
Marcus Zusak – The Book Thief
Barack Obama – Dreams from my Father
Carl Gustav Jung – Answer to Job
William Dalrymple – From the Holy Mountain
Jim Wallis – Seven Ways to Change the World
Graham Greene – The End of the Affair
Philip Pullman – Northern Lights
John Irving – A Prayer for Owen Meany
Marilynne Robinson – Gilead
Barbara Kingsolver – The Poisonwood Bible
Edmund Gosse – Father and Son
Barry Unsworth – Morality Play
Mikhail Bulgakov – The Master and Margarita
Willa Cather – Death Comes for the Archbishop
Alister McGrath – The Dawkins Delusion
Tom Wright – Simply Christian
C S Lewis – Mere Christianity