Book Club

Black and white line drawing of three open books standing with covers facing viewer. The middle book cover displays the Walsham-le-Willows logoWalsham-le-Willows Book Club was established in early 2003 for those  interested in discussing their reading with others and familiarising themselves with a wider range of authors and genres.

The club now has in excess of twelve members and a large back catalogue of modern fiction, classic novels, science-fiction, biography and travel books having been shared already, see below.

photograph of book shelves containing beautiful aged leather bound books with a range of very colourful, and some worn, spines Monthly meetings are held on a Friday evening from 8pm in the homes of members’  where the last month’s book is discussed and new titles are chosen over a drink or two and nibbles.

The meetings are very informal and members are free to speak as little or as much as they wish but of course it is always more interesting and lively when opinion is divided on the merits of the book under discussion.

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 a year.  New members are always very welcome.

Upcoming Titles

Date | 27 July 2018
Venue | Alyson
Book | Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Yeongdo, Korea 1911. In a small fishing village on the banks of the East Sea, a club-footed, cleft-lipped man marries a fifteen-year-old girl. The couple have one child, their beloved daughter Sunja. When Sunja falls pregnant by a married yakuza, the family face ruin. But then Isak, a Christian minister, offers her a chance of salvation: a new life in Japan as his wife.

Following a man she barely knows to a hostile country in which she has no friends, no home, and whose language she cannot speak, Sunja’s salvation is just the beginning of her story.

Through eight decades and four generations, Pachinko is an epic tale of family, identity, love, death and survival.

Date | 14 September 2018
Venue |Liz
Book | Munich by Robert Harris

Hitler is determined to start a war. Chamberlain is desperate to preserve the peace.

They will meet in a city which forever afterwards will be notorious for what is about to take place.

As Chamberlain’s plane judders over the channel and the Fuhrer’s train steams south, two young men travel with their leaders. Former friends from a more peaceful time, they are now on opposing sides.

As Britain’s darkest hour approaches, the fate of millions could depend on them – and the secrets they’re hiding.

Date | 19 October 2018
Venue | 
Book | The Sparsholt Affair by  Alan Hollinghurst

In October 1940, the handsome young David Sparsholt arrives in Oxford. A keen athlete and oarsman, he at first seems unaware of the effect he has on others – particularly on the lonely and romantic Evert Dax, son of a celebrated novelist and destined to become a writer himself. While the Blitz rages in London, Oxford exists at a strange remove: an ephemeral, uncertain place, in which nightly blackouts conceal secret liaisons. Over the course of one momentous term, David and Evert forge an unlikely friendship that will colour their lives for decades to come . . .

Alan Hollinghurst’s masterly new novel evokes the intimate relationships of a group of friends bound together by art, literature and love across three generations. It explores the social and sexual revolutions of the most pivotal years of the past century, whose life-changing consequences are still being played out to this day. Richly observed, disarmingly witty and emotionally charged, The Sparsholt Affair is an unmissable achievement from one of our finest writers.

Date | 16 November 2018
Venue | TBC

Book | Hag Seed by Margaret Atwood

Felix is at the top of his game as Artistic Director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival. His productions have amazed and confounded. Now he’s staging a Tempest like no other. It will boost his reputation. It will heal emotional wounds.

Or that was the plan. Instead, after an act of unforeseen treachery, Felix is living in exile in a backwoods hovel, haunted by memories of his beloved lost daughter, Miranda. Also brewing revenge.

After twelve years, revenge finally arrives in the shape of a theatre course at a nearby prison. Here, Felix and his inmate actors will put on his Tempest and snare the traitors who destroyed him. It’s magic! But will it remake Felix as his enemies fall?

Date | 21 December 2018
Venue |
Kathryn & John
Book | TBC

Book Club Titles

List of upcoming and previously read titles discussed by the Walsham-le-Willows Book Club. The list is searchable and can be sorted by any of the headings or contents.
123December 2018TBCTBC
122November 2018Margaret AtwoodHag Seed

121October 2018Alan HollinghurstThe Sparsholt Affair
120September 2018Robert HarrisMunich
119July 2018Min Jin LeePachinko
118June 2018Helen DunmoreBirdcage Walk
117June 2018John McGregorReservoir 13
116April 2018Francis SpuffordOn Golden Hill
115March 2018Richard FlanaganThe Narrow Road to the Deep North
114February 2018Carlos Ruiz ZafonThe Shadow of the Wind
113January 2018Tracy ChevalierAt the Edge of the Orchard
112December 2017Helen McDonaldH is for Hawk
111November 2017Michael NicholsonAcross the Limpopo
110October 2017Frederik BackmanA Man Called Ove
109?Joseph ConradThe Secret Agent
108?Willie CatherThe Song of the Lark
107?Virginia WoolfMrs Dalloway
106??Poison Farm: A Murder Unmasked After 60 Years
105?Dashiell HammettThe Maltese Falcon
104?Mark BillinghamRush of Blood
103?Donna LeonDeath at La Fenice
102?Iain PearsThe Instance of the Fingerpost
101?Peter MayThe Black House
100?Sue Monk KiddSecret Life of Bees
99?Kathryn StockettHelp
98?Andy WaldmanThe Submission
97?P. D. JamesDeath Comes to Pemberley
96?Julian BarnesThe Sense of an Ending
95?J.D.SalingerThe Catcher in the Rye
94?Edith WhartonEthan Frome
93?Mohsin HamidThe Reluctant Fundamentalist
92?W.G. SeebaldRings of Sarum
91?Charlotte BronteJane Eyre
90?Simon Sebag MontelforeJerusalem
89?Colin ToibinBrooklyn
88?Mitch AlbomThe Five People You Meet in Heaven
87?Nick HornbyJuliet, Naked and How to Be Good
86?JG FarrellThe Troubles
85?Roma TearneBrixton Beach
84?Iain BanksThe Steep Approach to Garbadale
83?A.S. ByattThe Children's Book
82?Haruki MurakamiNorwegian Wood
81?Alice MunroeRunaway
80?Patrick GaleNotes from an Exhibition
79?Markus ZusakThe Book Thief
78?Janice FreyA Million Little Pieces
77?Sarah DunnantIn the Company of Others
76?Kate AtkinsonCase Histories
75?Amos OzA Tale of Love and Darkness
74?Anton ChekhovLady with Lapdog and other stories
73?Adrei MakineLe Testament Francais
72?Fyodor DostoyevskyThe Gambler
71?Bruce ChatwinSong Lines
70?Peter CareyThe True History of the Ned Kelly Gang
69?Tim WintonBreath
68?Miles FranklinMy Brilliant Career
67?Doris Pilkington GarimaraRabbit Proof Fence
66?Khalid HosseiniA Thousand Splendid Suns
65?David MitchellBlack Swan Green
64?William BoydBrazzaville Beach
63?Ann TylerBreathing Lessons
62?Amitav GhoshThe Glass Palace
61?George OrwellBurmese Days
60?Emma LarkinSecret Histories: Finding George Orwell in a Burmese Teashop
59?Chimamnda Ngozi AdichieHalf of a Yellow Sun
58??The Book of Illusions
57?Jonathan RabanBadlands
56?Carlos CastanedaThe Art of Dreaming
55?William BoydRestless
54?Sarah WatersNight Watch
53?A.M. HolmesThis Book will Save your life
52?Anthony TrollopeThe Way We Live Now
51?Stef PenneyThe Tenderness of Wolves
50?Carlos CastanedaThe Art of Dreaming
49?Claire TomalinSamuel Pepys
48?Joseph O'ConnorStar of the Sea
47?Peter AckroydEnglish Music
46?Monica AliBrick Lane
45?Simon ArmitageLittle Green Man
44?Margaret AtwoodSurfacing
43?Beryl BainbridgeAccording to Queeney
42?Justin CartwrightWhite Lightning
41?Tracy ChevalierGirl with a Pearl Earring
40?JM CoetzeeWaiting for the Barbarians
39?Michael CunninghamThe Hours
38?Louis de BerniereBirds Without Wings
37?Charles DickensGreat Expectations
36?Sebastian FalkesHuman Traces
35?Karen Joy FowlerJane Austen Book Club
34?Jonathan FranzenThe Corrections
33?Mark HaddonThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
32?Khaled HosseiniThe Kite Runner
31?Kazuo IshiguroWhen we were orphans
30?Henry JamesThe Bostonians
29?TE LawrenceSeven Pillars of Wisdom
28?Ursula Le GuinLeft Hand of Darkness
27?Andrea LevySmall Island
26?Anne Marie Mac DonaldThe Way the Crow Flies
25?Yann MartelLife of Pi
24?Alexander McCall SmithNo 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
23?Ian McEwanAtonement
22?Jon McGregorIf Nobody Speaks Of Remarkable Things
21?Ann MichaelsFugitive Pieces
20?Julie MyersonSomething might happen
19?Audrey NiffeneggerThe Time Traveller’s Wife
18?Orhan PamukMy Name is Red
17?Ann PatchettThe Magician’s Assistant
16?Jean RhysWide Sargasso Sea
15?Salman RushdieMidnight’s Children
14?Carol ShieldsUnless
13?Paullina SimonsTully
12?Dava SobelGalileo’s Daughter
11?Abi SmithThe Accidental
10?Manil SuriDeath of Vishnu
9?Graham SwiftWaterland
8?Amy TanThe Kitchen God’s Wife
7?Rose TremainMusic and Silence
6?William TrevorThe Hill Bachelors (short stories)
5?William TrevorLucy Gault
4?Ivan TurgenevFathers and Sons
3?John UpdikeBeck is Back
2?Jill Paton WalshKnowledge of Angels
1?Virgina WoolfMrs. Dalloway


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