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 4th April is  J G Ballard’s ‘Miracles of life’.

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

Previous books have included:

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