Book Group 4

Book Group 4

Group Leader: Pauline Hales

Tel: 01565 650214


Our meetings are held on the morning of the second Tuesday of the month. Currently we have no vacancies.

Over a cup of coffee we have a chat before we exchange any background notes on that month’s chosen book and its author. Then we talk about the book itself.

Each year we find books which are new to at least some of us, often something we might not have chosen for ourselves. Our books also represent many genres so the reception is often mixed. This contributes to a lively, engaging and entertaining morning.

Booklist for 2024

Slow Horses – Mick Herron pub.2010   224p

Lucy by the Sea – Elizabeth Strout   pub.2023   304p

The Blue Afternoon – William Boyd    pub.1993   336p

The Spinning Heart – Donal Ryan   pub.2019    160p

Demon Copperhead  –  Barbara Kingsolver     pub.2023    560p

The Women in Black – Madeleine St John   pub.2011   208p 

Drift – Caryl Lewis   pub.2023   240p

The Offing  – Benjamin Myers   pub.2020   272p

The Go-between – L.P.Hartley    pub.1953     336p

Still Life  –  Sarah Winman    pub.2022   436p

Ghost Wall – Sarah Moss   pub.2018     160p

The Enchanted April  – Elizabeth von Armin  pub.1922   304p

Books read

For ease of review at a later stage we like to give the book a score out of 10 and these are recorded – see below.

Books read in 2023

Old FilthJane Gardam881
Small Things Like TheseClaire Keegan872
Mr Wilder and MeJonathon Coe823
Lessons in ChemistryBonnie Garmus794
Harlem ShuffleColson Whitehead785
SnowJohn Banville766
The LamplightersEmma Stonex747
The Summer BookTove Jansson688
The Dutch HouseAnn Patchett679
The Night CircusErin Morgenstern6010
Mr PhillipsJohn Lanchester5311
Snow CountrySebastian Faulks5311

Books read in 2022

BookAuthorScore %
Small PleasuresClare Chambers87
The PromiseDamon Galgut84
Olive Kitteridge / Olive AgainElizabeth Strout84
A Spool of Blue ThreadAnne Tyler84
The Wind in the WillowsKenneth Grahame80
The Small HandSusan Hill78
The Country GirlsEdna O’Brien77
Washington SquareHenry James76
The DigJohn Preston74
A Long Petal of the SeaIsabel Allende73
Grown UpsMarian Keyes57
The Midnight LibraryMatt Haig52

Books read in 2021

BookAuthor% ScoreMeeting DateRanking
Travels with my AuntGraham Greene8812 Jan2
The End of the AffairGraham Greene-12 Jan
The RehearsalEleanor Catton-09 Feb
The Great FortuneOlivia Manning7709 Mar7
The Balkan Trilogy Vol 2 and 3Olivia Manning-13 Apr
FallingElizabeth Jane Howard7611 May8
The CarerDeborah Moggach7808 Jun6
A Man Called OveFredrik Backman9013 Jul1
The Architect’s ApprenticeElif Shafak5010 Aug9=
The Silence of the GirlsPat Barker5014 Sep9=
Pride and PrejudiceJane Austen8112 Oct4
The CitadelA.J.Cronin809 Nov5
Midwinter BreakBernard Maclaverty8414 Dec3
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