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.

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 for 2023

TitleAuthorDateScore %
Small Things Like TheseClaire Keegan10 Jan
The Night CircusErin Morgenstern14 Feb
The Dutch HouseAnn Patchett14 Mar
Harlem ShuffleColson Whitehead11 Apr
Mr Wilder and MeJonathan Coe9 May
Mr PhillipsJohn Lanchester13 Jun
Old Filth Jane Gardam11 Jul
The Summer BookTove Jansson8 Aug
The LamplightersEmma Stonex12 Sep
Lessons in ChemistryBonnie Garmus10 Oct
SnowJohn Banville14 Nov
Snow CountrySebastian Faulks12 Dec

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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