Book Club

The CHS book group has a strong membership base of nearly 30 with meetings usually having 8-12 participants.  We meet every four to six weeks at members' homes (those that can accommodate that number!) and usually choose the next book by consensus.  Discussions can be varied and lively - all helped by a glass of wine and some nibbles to which everyone contributes.  We always welcome new members and would particularly like to see more men among our number - our gender inequality is not something to be proud of.  No-one is obliged to come to every meeting and often not all those who do attend have actually finished the book - we do try though.

The book club met most recently on Monday 4th June (thank you to Jane for hosting) to discuss Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman and had a long and really interesting discussion on all the subjects raised by the book: loneliness, autism, kindness, the sense of obligation - among many others.  Everyone was touched by the book in some way or another and felt it was a very good debut novel.  We look forward to further books by Gail Honeyman.

Our next choice is Tangerine by Christine Mangan and we will be discussing this on Thursday 5th July at Sara and Nick Jenni's house.

The book club in Rosemarie's Garden in the summer

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John Taylor (author) attending the book club            

Read Elliott Henderson's review of John Taylor's Departing Vienna here.

Books can be ordered for delivery to Clapham Books or at other retailers in the webstore.

Previously we met on:

-2 Nov -  The House by the Lake by Thomas Harding

-20 Sep - The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead and The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain

-6 Jul - Days Without End by Sebastian Barry

- 6 June - My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
- 2 May  - The Volcano Lover by Susan Sontag

- 14 March - This must be the place by Maggie O'Farrell

- 24 January - His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet 

- 12 December - Do No Harm by Henry Marsh

- 7 November - Birds Without Wings - Louis Bernieres

- 5 October - Elizabeth is Missing - Emma Healey

- 12 September -  Mr Weston's Good Wine by T F Powys and Villa Triste by Patrick Modiano.

- 28 June - Any Human Heart by William Boyd

-18 May - Lila by Marilynne Robinson and The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway 

- 6 Apr - A Man called Ove by Fredrik Backman

-24 Feb - The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler

-13 Jan - Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote

-1 Dec -  A Place called Winter by Patrick Gale

- 3 Nov - For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

- 15 Sep - The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti, Tender is the Night by F Scott Fitzgerald, Funny Girl by Nick Hornby

- 8 July - Departing Vienna by John Taylor

- 20 May -  Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Wolf and The House by Michael Cunningham

- 13 April - Address Unknown by Katharine Kressman Taylor and The World in the Evening by Christopher Isherwood

- 25 February - How to be Both by Ali Smith

- 14 January - One Night in Winter by Simon Sebag Montefiore and Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O'Farrell

- 25th November - A Delicate Truth by John Le Carré

- 15th October - The Strangler Vine by M J Carter

- 10th September - Lady Worsley's Whim and Americanah

- 31st March - On the Road by Jack Kerouac

-24th February - A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

- 7th January - Stoner by John Williams

20th November - Mr Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

15th October - A Possible Life by Sebastian Faulkes

9th September - The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce and The Red House by Mark Haddon.

22nd May - read our review of The Sheltering Sky here
- 8th April - read our reviews of Capital & Toby's Room here
- 26th February and you can read our reviews of Dorian Gray & Dead Souls here.
- 9th January and you can read our review of State of Wonder here.

CHS Info,
18 May 2014, 00:30