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.

Thank you very much to Jane for hosting a well attended book group on 14 January.  We had wide-ranging conversations inspired by the book - rural poverty, being financially trapped in a relationship, differences between rural and urban living etc.  I believe the general consensus was that the book was an easy read with some good descriptions of thoughts and emotions but no-one felt it was particularly substantial - and we had one who actively disliked it.  Always good for the conversation!

Our next book - after some discussion - is Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng and we will be meeting at Madeline's house (Eagle House, Narbonne Avenue) on Monday 18th February.  (This is half-term but as only one attendee at last night's meeting is affected by this, and she can make it, we decided to go ahead.  Apologies if this doesn't suit some people.)

The other book we discussed which some might like to read, if they have extra time, is The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce - who wrote the Unlikely Pilgramage of Harold Fry.

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

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The book club in Rosemarie's Garden in the summer

John Taylor (author) attending the book club            

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

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