Walsham le Willows

Reading Group

The Reading Group was formed in early 2003 by a group of people who were interested in discussing with others the books they had been reading and extending the range of authors and genres they were familiar with. The group now has in excess of one dozen members and a large back catalogue of modern fiction, classic novels, science-fiction, biography and travel books that have been shared. Monthly meetings are held on a Friday evening in various members' houses where they discuss the last month's book and choose new titles over a drink or two and nibbles. The format of the meeting is very informal with everyone free to speak as little or as much as they wish and of course it is always more lively when opinion is divided on the merits of the book under discussion. The books are either bought individually or they may be borrowed from the local library. The reading group does hold a library card which entitles them to borrow books for an extended period. There are no fees but every member takes a turn in hosting one of the monthly meetings and with the present membership this would then occur roughly once each year. New members are always welcome, and for more details contact Jeanette:01359 259186

Future Titles and Authors

(Dates and venues on request)

Friday 4th April 2014

The Secret Agent – Joseph Conrad

Conrad’s ‘monstrous town’ is London, and his story of espionage and counter–espionage, anarchists and embassies, is a detective story that becomes the story of Winnie Verloc’s tenacity in maintaining her devotion to her peculiar and simple–minded brother, Stevie, as they pursue their very ordinary lives above a rather dubious shop in the back streets of Soho. However, far from offering any sentimental picture, The Secret Agent is Conrad’s funniest novel. Its savagely witty picture of human absurdity and misunderstanding is written in an ironic style that provokes laughter and unease at the same time, and that continues to provide one oi the most disturbing visions of aspiration and futility in twentieth century literature.

Friday 16th May 2014

The Song of the Lark – Willie Cather

From one of the foremost 20th–century novelists, a portrait of a formidable woman who defies the limitations set on women of her time and social station to become an international opera star. This coming–of–age novel, important for the issues of gender and class that it explores, is one of Cather’s most lyrical and popular.

Friday 13th June 2014

Mrs Dalloway – Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf’s singular technique in Mrs Dalloway heralds a break with the traditional novel form and reflects a genuine humanity and a concern with the experiences that both enrich and stultify existence. Society hostess, Clarissa Dalloway is giving a party.

Her thoughts and sensations on that one day, and the interior monologues of others whose lives are interwoven with hers gradually reveal the characters of the central protagonists. Clarissa’s life is touched by tragedy as the events in her day run parallel to those of Septimus Warren Smith, whose madness escalates as his life draws towards inevitable suicide.

The delicate artistry and lyrical prose of Woolf’s fourth novel have established her as a writer of profound talent.

Previous Titles

Author Title
Joseph Conrad The Secret Agent
Willie Cather The Song of the Lark
Virginia Woolf Mrs Dalloway
. Poison Farm: A Murder Unmasked After 60 Years
Dashiell Hammett The Maltese Falcon
Mark Billingham Rush of Blood
Donna Leon Death at La Fenice
Iain Pears The Instance of the Fingerpost
Peter May The Black House
Sue Monk Kidd Secret Life of Bees
Kathryn Stockett Help
Andy Waldman The Submission
P. D. James Death Comes to Pemberley
Julian Barnes The Sense of an Ending
J.D.Salinger The Catcher in the Rye
Edith Wharton Ethan Frome
Mohsin Hamid The Reluctant Fundamentalist
W.G. Seebald Rings of Sarum
Charlotte Bronte Jane Eyre
Simon Sebag Montelfore Jerusalem
Colin Toibin Brooklyn
Mitch Albom The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Nick Hornby Juliet, Naked and How to Be Good
JG Farrell The Troubles
Roma Tearne Brixton Beach
Iain Banks The Steep Approach to Garbadale
A.S. Byatt The Children's Book
Haruki Murakami Norwegian Wood
Alice Munroe Runaway
Patrick Gale Notes from an Exhibition
Markus Zusak The Book Thief
Janice Frey A Million Little Pieces
Sarah Dunnant In the Company of Others
Kate Atkinson Case Histories
Amos Oz A Tale of Love and Darkness
Anton Chekhov Lady with Lapdog and other stories
Adrei Makine Le Testament Francais
Fyodor Dostoyevsky The Gambler
Bruce Chatwin Song Lines
Peter Carey The True History of the Ned Kelly Gang
Tim Winton Breath
Miles Franklin My Brilliant Career
Doris Pilkington Garimara Rabbit Proof Fence
Khalid Hosseini A Thousand Splendid Suns
David Mitchell Black Swan Green
William Boyd Brazzaville Beach
Ann Tyler Breathing Lessons
Amitav Ghosh The Glass Palace
George Orwell Burmese Days
Emma Larkin Secret Histories: Finding George Orwell in a Burmese Teashop
Chimamnda Ngozi Adichie Half of a Yellow Sun
The Book of Illusions
Jonathan Raban Badlands
Carlos Castaneda The Art of Dreaming
William Boyd Restless
Sarah Waters Night Watch
A.M. Holmes This Book will Save your life
Anthony Trollope The Way We Live Now
Stef Penney The Tenderness of Wolves
Carlos Castaneda The Art of Dreaming
Claire Tomalin Samuel Pepys
Joseph O’Connor Star of the Sea
Peter Ackroyd English Music
Monica Ali Brick Lane
Simon Armitage Little Green Man
Margaret Atwood Surfacing
Beryl Bainbridge According to Queeney
Justin Cartwright White Lightning
Tracy Chevalier Girl with a Pearl Earring
JM Coetzee Waiting for the Barbarians
Michael Cunningham The Hours
Louis de Berniere Birds Without Wings
Charles Dickens Great Expectations
Sebastian Falkes Human Traces
Karen Joy Fowler Jane Austen Book Club
Jonathan Franzen The Corrections
Mark Haddon The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Khaled Hosseini The Kite Runner
Kazuo Ishiguro When we were orphans
Henry James The Bostonians
TE Lawrence Seven Pillars of Wisdom
Ursula Le Guin Left Hand of Darkness
Andrea Levy Small Island
Anne Marie Mac Donald The Way the Crow Flies
Yann Martel Life of Pi
Alexander McCall Smith No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
Ian McEwan Atonement
Jon McGregor If Nobody Speaks Of Remarkable Things
Ann Michaels Fugitive Pieces
Julie Myerson Something might happen
Audrey Niffenegger The Time Traveller’s Wife
Orhan Pamuk My Name is Red
Ann Patchett The Magician’s Assistant
Jean Rhys Wide Sargasso Sea
Salman Rushdie Midnight’s Children
Carol Shields Unless
Paullina Simons Tully
Dava Sobel Galileo’s Daughter
Abi Smith The Accidental
Manil Suri Death of Vishnu
Graham Swift Waterland
Amy Tan The Kitchen God’s Wife
Rose Tremain Music and Silence
William Trevor The Hill Bachelors (short stories)
William Trevor Lucy Gault
Ivan Turgenev Fathers and Sons
John Updike Beck is Back
Jill Paton Walsh Knowledge of Angels
Virgina Woolf Mrs. Dalloway

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