Our Book Group began in 2006 as the brainchild of a parishioner, Susan Welsh. Usually we meet at the home of one of us every six weeks or so for a pleasant evening of relaxed talk. At present we meet on zoom. 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 18th May is Maggie O’Farrell’s ‘Hamnet’.
New members are always welcome. Please email the Parish Office if you would like more information – firstname.lastname@example.org
Previous books have included:
The Black Moth, Anna Sebba – Les Parisiennes, Bernice Reubens – The Elected Member, Colson Whitehead – The Underground Railroad, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche – Americanah, Melissa Harrison – All Among The Barley, Ben Macintyre – The spy and the traitor, Aminatta Forna – Happiness, Dorothy West – The Wedding, Anthony Reg Hinton – The Sun does Shine, Andrew Miller – One morning like a bird, Anita Anand – Sophia: princess, suffragette, revolutionary, Andrew Birkin – J.M Barrie and the Lost Boys, Alexandra Harris – Romantic Moderns, Heinrich Boll – Billiards at half past nine, Amor Towle – A Gentleman in Moscow, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Half of a Yellow Sun, Gabriel Garcia Marquez – Love in the Time of Cholera
Jon McGregor – Reservoir 13, Tim Marshall – Prisoners of Geography, Mohsin Hamid – Exit West, Mary Shelley – Frankenstein, Thomas Penn – Winter King
Alice Munro – Runaway, 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